It was an enchanting evening with the beautiful and charming Japanese pianist, composer and humanitarian Keiko Matsui.
You could call her style as smooth jazz but this will be a disservice to her supreme ability to play, arrange and improvise in a variety of genres from traditional jazz, blues, country, latin jazz and classical music, which was at the beginning of her life time journey. But the common theme is the soul searching and obvious desire to share this with the listeners. As she said herself, “I would like my music to be a conduit for peace, kindness, love and light”.
And what a journey it is. Playing with the who’s-who in the jazz world, from Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder and Bob James to Hugh Masekela and Marcus Miller, just to name a few.
Keiko Matsui melodies haunt you from the first touch of the keys and keep you immersed in the spiritual mood.
Her latest performance at Flato Markham Theatre on February 6, 2020 was not an exception. Supported by a truly international band, with bassist Rico Beled from Netherlands, guitarist JP Mourao from Brasil, drummer Jimmy Branly from Cuba and special guest saxophonist Eric Marienthal from US, Keiko Matsui showed the full range of her talent performing the compositions from her 28th recording, “Echo”.
Keiko Matsui performance at Flato Markham Theatre in Markham, Ontario, Canada was presented by Wave FM 94.7 as part of the “All That Jazz!” series sponsored by Minken Employment Lawyers.