This new self-produced opus (and 22nd album released in the United States) exhibits Matsui’s profound affinity for melody while effortlessly transcending boundaries; borrowing from such diverse idioms as jazz, classical, rock, blues, world music, traditional music of the world and beyond.
From the elegant opener “Secret Pond” to the impressionistic “Falcon’s Wing,” which shines light on the pianist’s classical influences, to Keiko’s co-writing collaborations with revered Cameroonian bassist/guitarist/vocalist/producer Richard Bona (Pat Metheny, Bobby McFerrin, Zawinul Syndicate) on both the spirited dance-inducing “Nguea Wonja” (which means to ‘take pride in the road you are traveling on your journey’) and the divine ballad “Touching Peace,” The Road… is artfully sublime.
Over the course of nine heartfelt songs, Matsui majestically creates a distinct listening enlightenment that permeates one’s consciousness. Augmenting the intimate journey are veteran drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Frank Zappa, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock) and saxophonist Kirk Whalum on the deeply moving “Awakening” with Whalum also contributing sax to the album’s lead single “Affirmation”.
The Road… stands tall as another exquisite achievement in Keiko’s masterful career. Over the course of three decades, her free spirit and creative genius have afforded her the luxury to share the stage with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis to Hugh Masakela and Bob James.
Aside from performing worldwide, Keiko (pronounced Kay-Koe means ‘happy celebratory child’ in Japanese) is an activist by nature, using her music to speak to the world while also lending her voice to causes championed by organizations like The United Nations World Food Programme , Be The Match Marrow Registry and The National Donor Program and Marrow Foundation.
“Keiko is a brilliant performer, arranger and composer.” Bob James
Keiko Matsui Tour Dates Feb 11 Boston, Ma – Scullers Jazz Club Feb 12 Boston, Ma – Scullers Jazz Club Feb 13 Londonberry, Nh – Tupelo Music Hall Feb 14 Warren, Mi - Andiamo Celebrity Showroom Feb 17 Orlando, Fl – The Plaza Theatre Feb 18 Largo, Fl – Largo Cultural Center Feb 19 Austin, Tx – One World Theatre Feb 20 The Woodlands, Tx – Dosey Doe Feb 24 Agoura Hills, Ca – The Canyon Club Feb 25 San Juan Capistrano, Ca – The Coach House Feb 26 San Diego, Ca - Anthology Feb 27 San Diego, Ca - Anthology Mar 10 San Diego, Ca – Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards Mar 11 San Diego, Ca – Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards Mar 12 San Diego, Ca – Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards Mar 13 San Diego, Ca – Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards May 05 Seattle, Wa - Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley May 06 Seattle, Wa - Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley May 07 Seattle, Wa - Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley May 08 Seattle, Wa - Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley May 12 Washington Dc – Blues Alley May 13 Washington Dc – Blues Alley May 14 Washington Dc – Blues Alley May 15 Washington Dc – Blues Alley May 20 Harrisburg, Pa – Whitaker Center May 21 Bay Shore, Ny – Boulton Center