2019 Stormy Weather Arts Festival

It was a gorgeous sunny day in the mid-60s in Cannon Beach, Oregon with no sign of the namesake of this inpiring annual arts festival. I featured my new CD, Digital Escapism, this Saturday, November 02, 11am – 1pm, at the local the popular Ecola Square; and at south Seattle’s Pho Hanoi Restaurant and Bar on Saturday, November 09, 2019.

I played a number of original titles, including:

  1. Wellspring
  2. Dance of the Fireflies
  3. Lakeridge Springs
  4. Repercussions
  5. Digital Amputation
  6. Escape from the Blues
  7. Engagement

Live video from the last piano performances in Cannon Beach and at Pho Hanoi Restaurant in South Seattle are being edited and will be posted to kotojazz.com by end of November.

Koto Jazz 94: Lines in Zen gardens

  • Chokusen-mon – A symbol of power and discipline; straight lines across a gate, trellis, or raked into the gravel.
  • Kyokusen-mon – A symbol of water; stream patterns such as a meandering dry creek rock leading to a water feature or dry pond.
  • Ryushi-mon – walking paths or trails; stream patterns that do not meander
  • Ren-mon – Patterns in gravel that look like ripples in water, often created by raking techniques in a zen garden.
  • Maru-uzu-mon – Patterns that look like water drop waves.
  • Shokubutsu-mon – Plant patterns; such as sets of three ornamental grasses, or alternating flowering plants or bushes.

 

Koto Jazz @ NW Folklife, Seattle Center Theater

Is this the event where I “arrived”? It felt half way there, and then ended struggling with restraint, getting too excited, to a pretty full audience at the Seattle Center’s Center House Theater. So frustrating , not enough time to practice to smooth out the edges. It’s a wide open and deep venue, so I sense the needed to “project” my music. The first 4 songs I played seemed well received.

Live recording at Northwest Folklife, Seattle Center, on SoundCloud,  https://soundcloud.com/northwestfolklifefestival/koto-jazz 

The good news is my music has again been accepted to air on the local classical radio station KING FM 98.1’s Second Inversion program.  More details are forthcoming, including links to the program.

Spring Schedule Set -NW FOLKLIFE, CB Arts Fest, & Grumpy D’s

Playing at Grumpy D’s Coffee House in Ballard, where I lived in my 20s, is like coming home. The Cannon Beach Unveiling Arts Festival is coming up Saturday, May 05 where I play at Ecola Square, 1:45-3:45pm, Mill Creek Newsroom with Mark Goldberg and Koto Jazz May 19, 7-9pm, and then the Northwest Folklife Festival on May 27 at the Seattle Center’s CenterHouse Theater.

folklife-festival-2018-logoThe NW Folklife schedule is here: https://2018northwestfolklifefestival.sched.com/event/EfnM/koto-jazz

Here are a few samples from that gig on April 06:

 Tori No Yo Ni (“Like a Bird”), Live @ Grumpy D’s Coffeehouse, Ballard neighborhood in Seattle, Washington performed April 06, 2018:

 Wellspring, Live @ Grumpy D’s Coffeehouse, Ballard neighborhood in Seattle, Washington performed April 06, 2018:

Kotojazz at this Weekend’s SiS Showcase, Feb. 24

The SiS (Songwriters In Seattle) Showcase features three to four musicians who have the opportunity to present and play six to eight of their favorite original songs. Since I have written nearly 100 songs, this format is good discipline and focus as it demands the best foot forward for us musicians.

I plan to play a couple of new originals and popular pieces I’ve written in the past few years, including

  • Tide Pools and Waves
  • Dance of the Fireflies
  • Wasp
  • Repercussions
  • Wellspring
  • Snow Flurry

And if time permits:

  • Tori No Yo Ni  (Like a Bird)
  • Getting Away from the Blues

Grumpy D’s and Songwriters in Seattle

Sunday, February 24, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

7001 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117

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Kotojazz @ Frederick Holmes & Company Gallery Pioneer Square, Feb. 02

This classy contemporary art gallery at the center of Seattle’s art community in Occidental park is an ideal location for a reception. This is my fourth time playing here. I will played for about an hour and my good friend Michael shared one of his creative writing pieces in this dynamic creative arts environment.

Get a listen of my songs list from Saturday here: http://kotojazz.com/kotojazz-youtube-videos/. I played the first 8 songs listed on my “Listen/ Watch” page.

Date: Saturday,  February 2nd, 6:30pm-8:00pm.

Location: Frederick Holmes and Company art gallery, 309 Occidental Ave,  South, Seattle, WA 98104.

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Koto Jazz and the Arts, November 2018

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Another peaceful relaxing weekend of solitude and piano playing in Cannon Beach Oregon, highlighted by lively guests at the Jeffrey Hull Gallery, Sandpiper Square in Cannon Beach. Nature inspired melodies always go over well at art galleries, such as this reception November 4. These include my original works Snow Blossoms, Seascape, Tide Pools and Waves, Windy Wheat Fields, and Snow Flurry.

Check out Jeffrey Hull’s stunning paintings of pink sunsets, and blankets of snow over Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock.

https://www.hullgallery.com

Then, last Sunday November 25 I played these same songs at Grumpy D’s Coffee House in Ballard.

Thanks to those who joined me at these events.

Local Talent Mark Goldberg & Koto Jazz Live @ Mill Creek Newsroom, Sat. May 19th

MarkGoldbergPosterJoin Mark Goldberg and myself, Koto Jazz, for a relaxing evening of live music at the Mill Creek Newsroom, 800 164th Street, SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012; #425-361-1949.

Date: May 19, 2018, Saturday,

Time: 7-9 pm,

Who: popular local talent Mark Goldberg and Koto Jazz by Chris Kenji.

Venue: Mill Creek Newsroom Gelato and Coffee House, 800 164th Street, SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012; #425-361-1949. No cover.

RSVP here, https://www.facebook.com/events/2126666407565529/.

 

2018 Cannon Beach Spring Unveiling Festival

Inspiring art everywhere was enough to help me push through a rather long two hour at times choppy, and sometimes humbling performance. In the end, it was good enough, and sometimes that just has to do.

Thanks to Paul Deuber, Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce, and the Cannon Beach Gallery Group for debuting their first year of music along with artistic works featured by over 20 art galleries in this small town rated by National Geographic as one of the top 20 beach resorts in the nation.

I introduced three new songs recently written in the spring of 2018 and played for the first time in public, and here are excerpts of these songs listed as the first three songs on the following web page:

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_music.cfm?bandID=1382715

1) Wellspring
2) Repercussions
3) Getting away from the Blues

I’d love your feedback.

Enjoy the unveiling of spring in all is manifestations.

Flurry of down home story telling @ the DEN in Bothell…

Every song has a story. Remember the end of season snow storm we had (south Seattle) in May 2017? I played this song, Snow Flurry, for the first time on that day.

Below is a full song list for the live piano gig on at Saturday, December 16, 2017 below. The feature song of the night is the following video of “Snow Flurry”:

  1. Tide Pools & Waves
  2. Tori no Yo Ni (Like a Bird)
  3. Mount Index Ice Caves
  4. Snow Flurry
  5. Kojo no Tsuki (Moon Over Ruined Castle)
  6. Snow Blossoms

 

Stormy Weather Arts Festival Sees Sunny Days

Here are more pix from the Stormy Weather Arts Festival, November 3-5, 2017; at the Jeffrey Hull Gallery and the next day at the Coaster Theater.

KotoJazz @ Jeffrey Hull Gallery, Nov. 3

 

Beautiful water color and oil paintings, by Jeffrey Hull Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR. Visit the gallery at 172 N. Hemlock St., downtown Cannon Beach, and join me for some KotoJazz at 5pm, Friday, November 3rd. Visit  http://www.hullgallery.com/the-30th-annual-stormy-weather-arts-festival/

KotoJazz @ West Seattle, August 26, 1:30-2:30 pm

You’ll find multiple intimate but spectacular outdoor performance stages: the new amplified Nancy Stage, the Meadow, on the climbing Glacier and in a forested grove by the Pond. The festival offers over 40 performances ranging from jazz, classical, indie rock, bluegrass, contemporary dance, and spoken word. The “Museum of Sound” is displayed through eight rustic cabins, hands-on art and nature activities, and winding hiking trails through the great outdoors.

In the Museum of Sound, artists take over Camp Long’s historic cabins to create installations that blend sound, music, and visual arts.

I will be playing the keyboard at the Entrance to the Arts in Nature Festival on August 26, Saturday, 1:30pm – 2:30pm at West Seattle’s Camp Long. The Arts in Nature Festival 2017 is produced by the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association  I’m playing KotoJazz on the keyboard at the Entrance of the Festival. Location: Corner of 35th Ave., SW and SW Dawson Street, West Seattle’s Delridge neighborhood. See more information at http://fest.naturec.org.

Koto Jazz Piano at Japan Fair 2017, July 8 & 9, 2:30pm – 5pm; Annual Dinner, Sat. July 8, 6pm

Come join me at what promises to be an enjoyable event that offers you a visual introduction to all things Japanese. This includes a colorful fashion show to original Japanese performance by famous Kokyu performer Daikuke Kiba and my own variations on 1,000 year old Japanese koto music played on the keyboard. These include Haru no Umi, Tori no Yo Ni, and Kojo no Tsuki. I will also play my originals including recent art show selections Windy Wheat Fields and Snow Blossoms, and hyper fast Snow Flurry.

Sample previews are available here: https://kotojazz.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/sanger-de-christo-arts-center-represents-the-west-with-classy-exhibit/

 

A piano synthesis of Japanese Koto Jazz themes & nature inspired progressive jazz.

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