April 6, 2013

Berks Jazz Fest 2013: Keiko Matsui

The festival was officially kicked of for me with the sold out Keiko Matsui concert at Miller Center for the Arts, an intimate venue that was just perfect for this kind of music. Keiko Matsui is celebrating her 25th year in the music industry, having released a total of 23 CDs in the US and having toured the world several times. She still looks gorgeous and her personality is just lovable. She opened her show with "Whisper From The Mirror", followed by "Doll", the title track of the album of the same name, featuring Jackiem Joyner on saxophone, who played in her band in previous years as well. Next were a few songs from her current release The Road… She emphasized those dots after the tile because the road would go on and be created by ourselves thus the dots, leaving the future course of the road open. She switched from the keyboards to the Steinway grand piano, it is a joy to witness this petite woman to immerse herself so deeply into her music, creating those beautiful melodies and emotions. Another highlight was the solo piano piece "Forever, Forever", while the heat later was turned up with the groovy "Across The Sun", which was one of her radio hits. Her band supported her well, they provided funky grooves when needed and provided subtle grooves during quieter moments, especially Jackiem Joyner blends well with Keiko's music and is a good choice for her band. She gave two encores, closing the show with a moving solo piano rendition of "Deep Blue". This was a totally enjoyable and memorable concert by this world class artist.

Posted by Peter Böhi at April 6, 2013 4:10 PM