Keiko MatsuiThe Keiko Matsui
is a Japanese pianist and composer for New Age Music and Young Jazz. As a prolific artist, he has released CD albums (alongside various collections) over three decades that are sold worldwide. Kazu Matsui (born June 5, 1954) have two daughters, Maya (born 1988) and Maco (born September 12, 1995).
Keiko Doi's mother, Emiko, urged her to take piano lessons at the age of five. His first studies were European classical music, already in the middle school he was interested in jazzy and began to compose music. He studied children's culture at Japan Women's University (Nihon Joshidaigaku), but also continued his music studies at the Yamaha Music Foundation.
So he joined the Japanese Cosmos merger group, with which he recorded four albums. At the age of 19, Yamaha sent Doi to the United States to record an LP, and there she met Kazu Matsui, who had been commissioned to produce the project. Keiko moved from Japan to America with her marriage.
From now on Kazu Matsui, a famous Japanese musician ( a traditional Japanese bamboo flute), will produce all subsequent albums of his wife. In 1987 Keiko Matsui recorded his first long-play solo, A Drop of Water, with money from his honeymoon. Matsui released two albums with the MCA label before moving on to White Cat, Countdown, Unity and Narada.
In the 90s Keiko Matsui's albums entered the charts. Third-place finish for the weekly Billboard magazine Top Contemporary Jazz Albums and third place for Dream Walk. In 1997, Keiko Matsui was voted Top Contemporary Jazzman in third place by Billboard (the only female top ten female jazzmaker ), and both DREAM Walk and SEAPHIRE were released in the same year among the top ten Billboard Indie Contemporary Jazzmakers.
She was awarded the Academy of Music ( "Oasis Award") for Best Young Artist in 1999 and 2000. In 2001, Keiko Matsui's first Narada label Deep Blue record finally took her to first place on Billboard's Top Contemporary jazz albums and maintained this position for three weeks.
When President George W. Bush visited Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on February 18, 2002, Keiko Matsui was invited to the reception and met them both together with members of their respective governments. Matsui discovered the saxophonist Paul Taylor, who worked on the albums Sapphire, Dream Walk and Full Moon and the Shrine before beginning his career as a soloist.
It is Keiko Matsui's direct commitment to various charitable causes. His 1997 CD A Gift of Hope was donated to the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, and his music was used for the television feature "Say It, Struggle It,ure It" on the Lifetime Breast Cancer Combat and Treatment Channels.
Matsui also played for charity during a special skating event in 1997 to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. In 2001, Keiko Matsui donated the proceeds from the A Gift of Life CD to the National Marrow Donor Program and the Marrow Foundation for their Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches bone marrow donation program, which promotes the registration of ethnic minority people to increase the chances of finding compatible donors.
The copyright for the song Wildflower on Keiko Matsui's 2004 CD went to the support of the World Food Programme of the United Nations (WFP). On 17 December 2003 Keiko Matsui played for charity in the United Nations building in New York City to support the WFP in the fight against world hunger.
Keiko Matsui's music is powerful and introspective and combines the influences of western and eastern culture. For Keiko Matsui, music is "the great gift of the souls of the past to the children of the future" and he believes that music has the power to unite people and change their lives.
Keiko Matsui writes: "We are all united by music when the ocean unites the continents". As a nature lover, Keiko Matsui often refers to plants, animals, elements and other natural phenomena in the titles of his songs. The music of Keiko Matsui has evolved over the years. His American debut A Drop of Water promised to bring East and West together in the sounds of merging the two.
With his recordings for MCA Records at the beginning of the 90's he left this way and for the most part made his way to what is today known as softjazz and is obvious for everyone. Beginning with Cherry Blossom, her music grew in popularity as she began to distinguish herself from the rest of contemporary Jazz.
And just when Sapphire hit the market in 1995, his sound mixed with the sounds of radio and Latin as well as the sounds of global soundtrack. Matsui Keiko has recorded four albums with Cosmos on Yamaha, but only the information so far is known. This CD contains one of the most famous tracks by Keiko Matsui, "Forever, Forever, Forever".
Some of these albums were later remastered under different labels. Keiko Matsui, su keikomatsui.com.