JPR Live Session: Hiroya Tsukamoto
Hiroya Tsukamoto is a composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after.
In 2000, Tsukamoto received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He formed his own group in Boston "INTEROCEANICO (inter-oceanic)" which consists of unique musicians from different continents including Latin Grammy Colombian singer Marta Gomez. The group released three acclaimed records ("The Other Side of the World", "Confluencia" and "Where the River Shines").
Tsukamoto released two solo albums ("Heartland" and "Places") from Japanese record label 333 discs, and has been leading concerts internationally including several appearances at Blue Note in New York City with his group and Japanese National Television(NHK). He has performed, recorded and shared stage with Esperanza Spalding, The Kennedys, Joe Jencks(Brother Sun), Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Brooks Williams and Jim Kweskin.