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Lia Chang: Two-Time Grammy Nominated Hiroshima Performs at Yoshi’s Oakland, August 17-19, 2012

HIROSHIMA (Jaimee Itagaki)

HIROSHIMA (Jaimee Itagaki)

Two-time Grammy nominated American jazz fusion band Hiroshima returns to Yoshi’s Oakland, Friday, August 17-Sunday, August 19, 2012, with new music from their latest CD Departure. It is the follow-up to their 2010 Grammy-nominated Legacy CD. Departure is available on the Hiroshima website, iTunes,, facebook and CDbaby.

Yoshi’s Oakland is located at 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square in Oakland. Performances are Friday, August 17th at 8pm & 10pm, Saturday, August 18 at 8pm & 10pm, Sunday, August 19 at 6pm & 8pm. All sets are $28. Click here for tickets.

Dan Kuramoto co-founder and leader of the band stated, “After more than 30 years in the recording industry — and almost 4 million records sold we’ve decided to leave record companies behind and venture on our own. “It is a new beginning for us in many ways. Departure is a journey of nine songs — all originals with just one guest artist, the incredible harmonica player Tetsuya “Tex” Nakamura. The opening track “Have You Ever Wondered,” is a luscious, textured piece featuring Nakamura and June’s shimmering koto.

“Koto Cruise,” is the second song and features a funky groove and a burning koto solo, “Blues for Sendai,” a soulful jazz blues piece, is dedicated to the spirit of the Japanese people who are rebuilding after the tragedies of March, 2011. The rockin’ blues in “Smiling Jack,” recalls the music of the 80’s and features the roaring B3 organ playing of Kimo Cornwell The sensual soul of “See You Again,” is a tribute to our friend and mentor James Moody. If you listen closely you’ll hear “Moody’s Mood for Love.”

After many years of requests, we offer our first live taiko recording, “Yamasong Duet” – – capturing the voice and the thunder of Shoji’s taiko and Danny’s fierce percussion interplay. The power and spirit of “First Nation,” a composition by the Hawaiian Kimo Cornwell, is a song embracing many native cultures – – and some serious jazz.

Departure ends with two new visitations to our most popular songs, “Thousand Cranes,” and a soulful version of “One Wish,” done as an acoustic trio.”

Hiroshima at Yoshi’s Oakland
Aug 17-Aug 19, 2012
Friday, August 17 8pm & 10pm
Saturday, August 18 8pm & 10pm
Sunday, August 19 6pm & 8pm
all sets $28 each

Yoshi’s Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510.238.9200

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Lia Chang. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist.
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