Chrono Trigger Theme from the Video Game Orchestra's 2014 Boston show.
Guitarist, bassist, composer, and transcriber. I started taking piano lessons from the age of 6 with my parents’s encouragement. Later, I learned to play alto saxophone from the age of 13 and finally found my musical calling at the age of 14 when I started playing the guitar with my own will and encouragement. Finding an instrument I really wanted to play, I really devoted myself to the guitar for over 20 years. I started playing with local bands while in high school in Yokohama, Japan. After graduating high school, I moved to Tokyo to pursue a professional career in music.
In 2002, I started to work at one of the leading live music restaurant and bar in Tokyo called Bauhaus as the lead guitarist of the live house band. The list of Bauhaus’s customers ranges from national to international clients as well as top musicians such as members of Metallica, Megadeth, Deep Purple, Mr. Big, and Edgar Winter. Those true musicians were always very encouraging and gave me inspirations. That is just such pleasures to play with those Rock icons in my early career.
In 2009, I had the opportunity of playing and performing alongside top musicians, most notably Toshihiko Kankawa, also known as The King of Organ. I played in his leader album “Organ Talking ~Emergency~ dear Tony” with many other top caliber musicians such as Joe Lynn Turner, Hiram Bullock, Anthony Jackson, and Lenny White. Out of a total of 16 songs which the album comprises of, I had the opportunity to play in a total of 6 songs including the introductory and the main song. Being credited and recognized alongside many top musicians was an experience I treasure and humbly appreciate.
I took a break from working to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA on scholarship from 2009 to 2011. After graduating from Berklee I stayed in Boston working full time. My main focus since then has been recording sessions and live performances with many bands, projects, and artists in both national and international settings.