Hiroya Tsukamoto is an innovative guitarist and composer fuses folk, jazz, and world music. Born and raised in Japan, in 2000 he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the U.S.
“In terms of musicianship, Tsukamoto’s guitar work was just ridiculous,” wrote Trevor Lewis of the Rochester City News. “Right from the beginning of his first song, it was obvious that the folks in Bernunzio’s were in for a treat. His brand of finger style guitar is so intricate, and so blazingly fast at the same time, I kept imagining how many clones I would need to make of myself to accurately replicate his sound. One song that drove that point home was his set opener, ‘From Coast to Coast,’ a song that had some of the fastest harmonic runs I’ve heard.”
Tsukamoto’s instrumental abilities are indeed breathtaking and astounding, but his performances are so much more than that. He has the unique capability of engaging an audience through a personable and genuine approach that transfixes his audience and almost transcends his capabilities as a guitarist. Audience members will be mesmerized; Tsukamoto plays with an effortless skill on the guitar and a repertoire that will have you traveling the world, not to mention experiencing new sounds with his own compositions.
Tsukamoto headlines concerts throughout the U.S. as well as internationally including Blue Note in New York City and on Japanese National Television. Most recently, Hiroya won second place in the International Finger Style Guitar Championship in 2018.
“Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us to an impressionistic journey”
Admission: $10 for Mariposa members (advance purchase recommended); $12 for nonmembers in advance, $15 at the door.