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Springville Center for the Arts hosts Hiroya Tsukamoto

Hiroya Tsukamoto

SPRINGVILLE — Springville Center for the Arts will feature Hiroya Tsukamoto as the second artist in the Acoustic Autumn series. Hiroya is a composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan, who brings his earthy blend of world and classical music to Springville on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m.

Tsukamoto began playing the five-string banjo when he was 13 and took up the guitar shortly after. In 1994, he entered The Osaka University and while at college, Hiroya was introduced to a musical and social movement in South America called Nueva Cancion, headed by musical legends such as Victor Jara and Violeta Parra.

In 2000, Tsukamoto received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He is also the recipient of the Professional Music Achievement Award. Hiroya completed a debut album, entitled “The Other Side of the World,” with his band INTEROCEANICO, which was released in 2004. His composition “El Otro Lado del Mundo” was nominated as the finalist of The USA Songwriting Competition 2004 and a 2005 release,“Samba de Siempre,” also known as “Seventh Night,” is a finalist for the International Acoustic Music Award in 2006. Hiroya released his second album, “Confluencia,” in 2006 and the third album, “Where the River Shines,” in 2008.

Tsukamoto has performed with Esperanza Spalding, Marta Gomez, Kendrick Scott (The Crusadors), Pete Kennedy (The Kennedys) and Dave Maxwell (Muddy Waters Band). Hiroya’s most recent album, “Heartland,” was released in August 2012 from 333discs.

The guitarist will present a master class on Saturday, September 28 at 3 p.m. at the Mongerson Theater at the SCA’s main location, at 37 North Buffalo St. Students may call 592-9038 to pre-register.

Admission to the concert can be purchased in advance, by calling 592-9038 or visiting Tickets are also available for purchase at the door.

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