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04/25 Micheal Manring & Motoshi Kosako 6:30pm Concert ($20)
5pm Bass Clinic ($30 including concert)

04/25 Micheal Manring & Motoshi Kosako 6:30pm Concert ($20)
5pm Bass Clinic ($30 including concert)

Motoshi and Michael, both leading innovators and virtuosos of their instruments, team up to create a new style of jazz with original compositions and thrilling inter play. Michael Manring will be teaching a bass workshop just before the concert.

Michael Manring Bass Workshop - Creative Approaches to Bass Guitar
In this informal workshop Michael will share his innovative conception of the bass. He will play some of his compositions, describe and demonstrate his techniques and take questions. You will have a chance to see his expansive approach up close and in depth in a comfortable and relaxed environment. This workshop is open to everyone, even if you're not a musician! Feel free to come and just listen.

About Motoshi Kosako

Born in Matsuyama City, Japan,  he started his musical training on the piano then the guitar. While in university in Tokyo he played the acoustic and electric guitar in professional Jazz bands and the Swing Journal magazine described him as “one of the most remarkable young Jazz musicians.” 

In 1997, Mr. Kosako moved to the United States,  soon after he started playing the harp. He is primarily self- taught with a few lessons to learn fundamental harp technique.  He was the principal harpist of Stockton Symphony Orchestra in California between 2005-2010 and the featured soloist for 2009-2010 season for Mozart’s harp concerto. 
 In 2007 he won the second place in Lyon & Healy International Jazz & Pop Harp Competition performing his own composition and received the “Best of Sacramento” award from Sacramento Magazine as “Best Jazz Hound in Tie and Tail”.   He plays numerous original compositions for TV commercials, TV programs, films, applications (apps), as well as performing both improvised and written music live with actors, and presentations,  as solo and various ensemble formats including amazing jazz musicians such as Paul McCandless (oboe, English horn, soprano sax, bass clarinet), Michael Manring (fretless electric bass), Bill Douglass(bass). In 2008 he began touring Japan,  giving performances and various workshops.  He is considered one of the most influential Jazz harpist both in the U.S. and Japan.   

In 2002 and 2003, he recorded two classical harp albums, “Celestial Harp I” and “Celestial Harp II”.   Since 2008, he has released 11 jazz albums: 2008: “Naked Wonder” with his trio, Bill Douglass (bass, bamboo flute) and Daryl Van Druff (drums) 
2011:  the duo album “ Place in the Heart” with Grammy award winning artist Paul McCandless (oboe, English horn, soprano sax, bass clarinet) 
2012: “Motoshi Kosako Quartet Live” with Masaki Nakamura(shakuhachi) , Paul McCandless(reeds) and Bill Douglass(bass)  
2013: the solo album “ On the way Home” 
2014: duo album “Night time jazz harp”  with Akio Sasajima (guitar) 
2015: the “Best of Motoshi Kosako, Jazz Harp” form Slowna Music Inc. 
2015: solo album “Hymn”  
2016: solo album “Studio 92”  
2017: a duo album  “Spiritual Mountain” with Miki Matsushima (marimba) 
2018: solo multi-instrumental “Pilgrim” 
2019: duo mini-album “One or Eight” with Akira Sekine (guitar) 

He has been invited to perform for numerous international events such as,   
The future of Harp 2009 in Yokohama, Japan   
VIII Rio Harp Festival 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
American Harp Society National Conference  2014 in New Orleans 
World Harp Congress, Sydney 2014 in Australia 
American Harp Society National Conference 2018 in Los Angeles 

In 2008, he joined NPO holistic health research group in Japan (Total Health Research Group) and began conducting research projects involving sound healing and practical application of music to occupational fields for the promotion of health. In 2012 the  public medicine professional journal, “Science of Public health” in Japan published his research article “Total Health and Music”. He holds a B.S of health science and nursing from Tokyo University, and is a registered nurse and public health nurse. 
He and his wife Terra are developing 15 acres property to a sustainable farm by using Permaculture method. They enjoy produce from organic garden and own live stocks such as goat, pig and chicken.

About Michael Manring

Hailed by many as the world’s leading solo bassist, Michael Manring has been pushing back the boundaries of what’s possible on the bass guitar for over three decades. While his technical skill and innovations always make an impression, it is his ability to communicate on a profound emotional level that most touches listeners. As editor Tom Darter wrote in Keyboard magazine after seeing one of Michael's solo concerts, "Forget his astounding technique and musicality; forget his absolute command of his instruments; forget how seamlessly the musical ideas and the performance of them were wedded together...The enlightenment came most from feeling (seeing, hearing) the joy Michael felt to be playing...his brand of transcendental chops and musical understanding...was all in the service of the final outcome, the joy of making music." 

Building on the conceptions of his teacher, the late bass legend Jaco Pastorius, Michael has developed a new approach to the instrument that includes unorthodox tunings, techniques and methodologies. He has honed his skills on hundreds of recordings as a session musician and thousands of concerts throughout the world in venues including Carnegie Hall in NY, Yamaha Hall in Tokyo and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. Michael has worked with a surprisingly diverse collection of musicians from New Age keyboardist Suzanne Ciani to avant-improv guitar innovator Henry Kaiser to celebrated folk troubadour John Gorka to experimental post-metal rockers Tim Alexander (Primus) and Alex Skolnick (Testament) to electro-pop pioneer Thomas Dolby. His long-term collaboration and close friendship with the late acoustic guitar genius Michael Hedges led to a lengthy stint as house bassist for Windham Hill Records; a label for whom he also worked as a solo artist, releasing four recordings under his own name: Unusual Weather (1986), Toward the Center of the Night (1989), Drastic Measures (1991) and Thonk (1994). These, along with his 1998 release The Book of Flame on the Alchemy record label earned him an international reputation as "a master of the fretless bass without rival." (Guitar Club Magazine, Italy). He has garnered two gold records, Grammy and Bammie nominations, a Berklee School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, two Just Plain Folks Awards and numerous Bass Player Magazine Reader's Poll awards including 1994 Bassist of the Year. He was also the subject of a PBS TV documentary, “The Artist's Profile: Michael Manring” and a Youtube video of him playing his iconic solo piece “Selene” has well over a million views. 

In his solo concerts Michael weaves together his musical influences into a tapestry rich with expression, virtuosity, humor and meaning. As one writer put it, "Michael Manring can do more with a bass than even the most creative individual could imagine" (L. Pierce Carson, Napa Valley Register). His newest release Soliloquy, performed entirely solo without overdubs, is the best recorded example yet of that depth and diversity. Using a variety of bass guitars and the far-reaching, innovative approaches he is renowned for, with Enhanced CD content including Michael’s extensive 24-page liner notes detailing the composing and recording process, photos and live performance videos, Soliloquy takes the listener on a unique musical journey. We hope you'll follow the advice of France's Musicien magazine: "Do not miss your next opportunity to discover the bassist with the most fresh and inventive playing today."


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