True Colors JAZZ – The Extra-Ordinary Meets the World

A New Year’s JAZZ concert with extraordinary talents

By True Colors Festival

True Colors JAZZ : Show at Osaka Takashi Matsunaga with Kyle KihiraTrue Colors Festival

Kyle Kihira with piano

From the age of two or three, he began playing the music he listened to on the electronic piano. And the music theory learned intuitively. By the time he entered elementary school, his graffiti book was full of scores. Then his deafness worsened, but he continued to make music, hoping that people all over the world would listen to his music.

True Colors JAZZ : Show at Osaka Takashi Matsunaga with Kyle KihiraTrue Colors Festival

In Osaka, an improvisational duet of Matsunaga and Kyle was scheduled for one song, but they ended up playing two songs. Kyle said, "I was motivated and wanted to play another song."

True Colors JAZZ : Show at Osaka Takashi Matsunaga with Kyle KihiraTrue Colors Festival

Matsunaga said, “I was surprised when Kyle-kun wanted to do another improvisation. I wanted him to feel that he could do something new. I hope it will be an experience for his future. "

True Colors JAZZ : Show at Kumamoto Takashi Matsunaga, Keisuke Tanaka and YoyokaTrue Colors Festival

Yoyoka is drummer

Yoyoka was born in October 2009. Now she is playing with famous artists from all over the world. At this concert she performed Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on a jazz piano and bass trio. It was the first time she played in jazz format, but the music was exciting for the audience.

True Colors JAZZ : Show at Tokyo YoyokaTrue Colors Festival

Yoyoka started to play at the age of 2, and played her first concert at 4. In 2018, she played at RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL in EZO. In 2019, she played her first concert overseas in Los Angeles.

True Colors JAZZ : Show at Kumamoto Support for wheelchair entry to the vennueTrue Colors Festival

yako Ozawa sings to deliver the message.

The concert venue in Kumamoto is on the 2nd floor of the building and there is no elevator to the venue. Four people lifted the wheelchair Ozawa was riding.

True Colors JAZZ : Show at TokyoTrue Colors Festival

"Handling differences from others as diversity rather than defects" Ozawa performed the original song "Rainbow of Hope" and delivered a message to the audience.

True Colors JAZZ : Show at Kumamotoafter the show the exchange lasted for a long timeTrue Colors Festival

An interaction between the audience and the artist never ended. Many audiences had words to tell Ayako.

True Colors JAZZ : Show at Tokyo sounds support system by PioneerTrue Colors Festival

Support for experience

True Colors Festival aims for an event that everyone can enjoy. BodySonic is a system that delivers music to the hearing impaired byconverting sound into vibration. Pioneer Corporation provided this. We also prepared the following support. Accompaniment from nearest station from venue is available. Sign language translation available.  Japanese English translation available. Up to one caregiver free admission.

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True Colors JAZZ – The Extra-Ordinary Meets the World
True Colors Festival

Osaka Concert
Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020, Show first 16:30, Show Second 19:30
Venue: Billboard Live OSAKA
Ticket Price: Serviced Area: 6,000 yen, Casual Area (with one drink): 5,000 yen
Featuring:
Event Director: Takashi Matsunaga (piano)
Special Artist: Takuya Kuroda (trumpet)
Guest Artists: Ayako Ozawa (vocals),
Kyle Kihira (piano)
Musicians: Derek K Short (bass),
Tatsuya Nakatani (drums)

Tokyo Concert
Date: Monday, January 6, 2020, Start 19:00
Venue: Blues Alley Japan Tokyo
Ticket Price: Advance purchase: 6,000 yen, Purchase at the door: 6,550 yen
Featuring:
Event Director: Takashi Matsunaga (piano)
Guest Artists: Ayako Ozawa (vocals), Kyle Kihira (piano),
Yoyoka (drums)
Musicians: Viorica Lozov (vocals),Juna Serita (bass), Tatsuya Nakatani (drums)

Kumamoto Concert
Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020, Start 19:30
VENUE: CIB
Ticket Price: Advance purchase: 3,000 yen, Purchase at the door: 3,500 yen
Featuring:
Event Director: Takashi Matsunaga (piano)
Guest Artists: Ayako Ozawa (vocals), Yoyoka (drums)
Musicians: Viorica Lozov (vocals),Keisuke Tanaka (bass), Tatsuya Nakatani (drums)

Presenter: The Nippon Foundation
Co-organizer: The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS, Billboard Live OSAKA (Osaka)
Special Sponsor: TOKYU GROUP, TikTok
Sponsored by Facebook, Twitter Japan Inc., Yahoo Japan Corporation, CINRA.NET, Time Out Tokyo, SHIBUYA QWS, PIONEER CORPORATION
Closed captions by NHK Global Media Services, Inc.
Supported by Embassy of Spain in TOKIO,Royal Danish Embassy, The Embassy of the Russian Federation to Japan(TBC), Japan Disability Forum, Meguro City (Tokyo), Shibuya City (Tokyo), Kumamoto Prefecture (Kumamoto), Kumamoto City (Kumamoto), Improvement Committee (Kumamoto), Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto (Kumamoto), SLOW LABEL KUMAMOTO (Social Welfare Corporation Ashibi no Kai Nonoshima Gakuen) (Kumamoto)
PR cooperation with Masako Tago(Osaka), LONG SIX BRIDGE (Kumamoto)

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