Madoca Kawahara
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Madoca Kawahara

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | SELF

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | SELF
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"Madoca’s Amethyst"

Atlanta’s own Madoca has released her second CD entitled Amethyst. Madoca is a Japanese American Jazz Fusion keyboardist whose name is pronounced “Ma du ka.” She is an internationally acclaimed composer and performer from Japan who is able to create music that has great energy. This CD features ten original tracks, a standard from Rogers and Hart and a classic from Isaac Hayes. Since 2005 with her first CD “Mysterious Ways” Madoca has been building her reputation as one of Atlanta’s brightest musical gems. Performing as Madoca and Co. with collaborator and producer Prince Redd of “The Prince Project”, the two have teamed with some of Atlanta’s best musicians to create another exciting jazz CD.
Her music is composed like jazz conversations where complete ideas are explored by all voices adding their own contribution to the musical dialogue. This music showcases the talents of these musicians and the cohesion that they share. Many of Madoca’s musical influences can be heard including, Chick Corea (RTF), Joe Sample and Miles Davis. Amethyst is a multi-faceted CD with various songs that will appeal to listeners who enjoy “smooth jazz” while other songs incorporate elements of funk and rock for ears who appreciate “fusion.” The make-up of the band on this CD includes Madoca (p)(k), Prince Redd (b) (g), Funky Monky (d), Ken Faison (s), Joel Powell (b-acoustic), Billy Odums III (g) and guest appearances by others on vocals.
From the CD’s opening track, ”Obsession” we hear that this ensemble can play. Fans of WCLK’s morning radio jazz program will be familiar with the second track, my favorite, “Spiritual.” This song features the core quartet stretching out on a beautiful tune that features some very nice work on drums by Funky Monky. “Atlanta” features Prince Redd on guitar and Joel Powell on acoustic bass with Madoca on piano creating an exceptional resonance symbolic of our vibrant local jazz scene. Billy Odum’s wicked guitar and Sam Skelton’s scorching sax make “Funk It Up!” a funk/jazz jam session inspired by Miles Davis’ 1986 classic “Tutu.” The reggae infused “Amethyst Island” is a statement of Madoca’s creative ability to maintain an infectious energy in whatever she is playing. Her sensual play on “Water Stream” is captivating and her swinging play on “Fusion HWY” is a driving force.
This CD is a wonderful follow up effort to “Mysterious Ways” and marks the growth of Madoca’s musical repertoire. This is a CD that you will want to have in your library and share with friends. Madoca and Co. can be seen live playing around Atlanta so check the calendar for the next show
For more information about Madoca, you can visit www.madocamusic.com

NSP - "North Sea" Phil Roberts from Atlanta Jazz Info


"About Madoca"

This Atlanta-based keyboardist won several awards in her native Japan, and blends jazz, fusion and funk (think Chick Corea). She’s worked with Eric Marienthal and opened for Chris Botti, and tours as a duo with guitarist/singer (and former member of TC Jason S.O.S. Band sideman) The Prince Project. - Jim Reed - Connect Savannah Magazine


"Mysterious Ways CD Review"

Madoca has absolutely done a fantastic job with "Mysterious Ways". This High-energy disc covers the full range of sounds, while mostly jazz. Madoca expands her compositions by touching them with aspects of fusion, pop and funk to heart wrenching soul. Madoca blends both traditional instruments, as well as, electronic music with her world-class piano and organ. The results are very engaging compositions that are dynamic in creativity and musicianship. "Mysterious Ways"will carry you through a range of sensations and emotions, effortlessly. Seriously, Madoca is playing from the backbone and talking no prisoners with "Mysterious Ways". - Rachelle Bivins - Abyss Jazz Magazine


"Performance Review"

Madoca and Company are right up there with the hottest talent that RexTrax studios has ever worked with. Their new album is a must have for any true jazz enthusiast and for that matter, anyone who loves great music performed by astonishing talent. Also as a fan who has seen them perform live, I must say I'm extremely impressed with their show. Madoca and Company are cutting edge and sure to make an impact in the hearts of music lovers that appreciate a super high level of energy and talent. - Dusty Hale - Rex Trax Studios - Suwanee, GA


"Performance Review"

As most brides we dream of our wedding as little girls, teenagers and young ladies to be a perfect day. We dream of our prince charming, looking like a princess in our wedding gowns, the perfect venue. Once we get to the point of planning our special union day it becomes stressful and we want to know that this once in a lifetime dream comes true. Madoca & Company played a key role in my dream wedding day. I researched many musicians for my special day and found that Madoca had the sound, professionalism and dependability I wanted on my wedding day. If you are looking for great music, reliability and the best jazz music on your event I would recommend Madoca & Company.
- Stephanie & Philip Nelson on May 5th, 2007, - Wedding @ Emory Conference Center Atlanta, GA - Client


"Mysterious Ways CD Review"

Mysterious Ways offers the listener the best of both worlds; smooth, yet technically and musically sound. The mix of sounds, textures and mood altering material is refreshing and different from most piano based artists' offerings. Madoca's playing is impeccable, her musical support team, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Prince Redd and Melvin Miller on trumpet are appropriately complimentary. This is music that is here to stay.
- Ginger Dee - Atlanta jazz Info


"Performance Review"

Madoca and Prince have a beautiful sound and their music was so additive to our rehearsal dinner. They were wonderfully pleasant to work with and followed through on everything they promised. Our only dissappointment was that people toasting the bride and groom talked so long that our time to listen to Madoca and Prince was much less than we'd hoped, but that was certainly not their fault. We've also purchased Madoca's CDs and really love her talent. Again, they are beautiful talented people and we enjoyed them very much.
- Laurie J. - Wedding, Dothan, AL, 2008


"Performance Review"

We were so delighted with Madoca & Co last week! You made our company holiday party extra special with your choice of musical selections. We hope to make Madoca & Co. a holiday party tradition in the future. I, personally, am thrilled to have a copy of your CD, as well. Cynthia and I enjoyed working with you very much.
- Scottie O'Toole and Cynthia Winters - Huber Engineer Materials Company - Holiday Party at DoubleTree


"Performance Review"

Madoca and Prince MADE this party! My guests were thrilled and treated us to some of the most wonderful music -- better than I could have imagined! The song line up was great and these two gave us a fabulous performance! I would recommend them to anyone having a party big or small!
- Mary Wilson - Holiday Party, Buford, GA


"Performance Review"

Wow! What a great time Madoca and Prince provided for us at our wedding reception! Their professionalism, fun spirit, and pure talent combined to make a perfect evening. They were such a joy to work with and we were sad to see the evening end. Madoca's piano skills and Prince's beautiful voice proved to work together beautifully. Thank you for an amazing reception!
- Jennifer and Ryan McNally - Wedding at The Bleak House, Knoxville, TN


Discography

"Mysterious Ways"(2005)
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/madoca

"Amethyst" (April 2008)
www.madocamusic.com
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/madoca2

Madoca is currently working on the 3rd album, soon to be released.

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[pronounced "ma du ka"] is a Japanese American Producer, pianist/ keyboardist/ composer/ ASCAP music publisher and recording artist. Her style consists of contemporary/ classic jazz, fusion, soul, reggae and funk blended together to provide sustenance for your mind and soul. Madoca began studying piano/organ at the age of 7 and graduated the Senzoku Music University in Kawasaki Japan with a major in Composition and Piano. Madoca got her first taste of show business in 1985 when touring with Japanese national bands and also performing on NHK TV in Tokyo/Osaka. From 1990 to 1993 she performed with several American Jazz/R&B bands in Tokyo/ Yokohama. In 1994, Madoca moved to Hong Kong where she performed/ world tour (Australia, Canada, China, France, Holland, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States of America) with various Chinese major artists including PolyGram recording artist Jacky Chueng. Her selection, "I Don't Cry Anymore" was the winner Song Writer's Quest, a competition organized by the Composer and Authors Society of Hong Kong. She has worked with numerous recording artists including Eric Marienthal, Paul Young , All 4 One and Australian Orchestra. "Music is my life" Madoca says. She performs with passion, playing with deep feeling and expression. Her image and objectives are classy & sexy. In 1998, Madoca met Guitar player / Singer, The Prince Project, when he was touring in Hong Kong with Jason Bryant from the S.O.S. band. Since that day, they've traveled the world as a group.

In 2003, Madoca moved to Atlanta, Georgia to form her band called MADOCA & Company has been performing throughout the Atlanta area including Centennial Olympic Park, The Grant Park's Aaron's Main Stage, the Philips Arena, the Gwinnett Center Performing Arts Ctr, Suwanee’s Town Center Park, Georgia Aquarium, New World of Coca-Cola, Suntrust Lunch on broad, Hyatt Regency Hotels, Renaissance Concourse Hotel, Marriott Hotel , Doubletree Hotels, Wyndham Hotel, Hilton Hotels, Crown Plaza Hotels, the Bluelights, the Crowe's Nest, the Paradise City, the Meniscus Tavern, the Village Corner, AKA the Atlanta Women's Club, the Five Spot, the Blue Room, the Michon's, the Grape, the South Beach Bistro, the KC Pit bbq, Villa Christina, Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club, Houston's finest, Sassafras, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, the Art Institute of Atlanta, Windham Vinings, Emory Conference Center, Joli Kobe Bistro, Musician club, Justin's, Encore, Urban Flats, Sambuca Jazz Cafe, Londzell's, Cafe 290, Star jazz and blues restaurant & lounge, Pisces seafood and jazz, Weezy's Movin On Up Cafe Jazz & BBQ, Halls of Fine Wines, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Jazz Cafe, Close up 2 Atlanta, Cajun Clubhouse, Opera and Corporate events. In 2004, MADOCA performed in the Showcase of "Atlantis Music Conference". In 2004 Madoca & Company opened for Chris Botti and MADOCA opened shows for Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler and Richard Elliott at the Michelob GOT JAZZ Concert in 2005. She also has opened shows for Pamela Williams at the Sambuca Jazz Cafe in 2007. She has also performed in the 2005 Lincoln Vibe Smooth Jazz Concert Series presented by Smooth Jazz 107.5 WJZZ FM, opened for Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on March 2006 presented by Atlanta Hawks. Madoca & Company performed in the Suwanee Smooth Jazz 107.5 Concert Series and Jazz 91.9 Wednesday Wind Down Free Concert Series and Japan Fest in 2008 & 2009. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2008. In 2009, Madoca has been chosen as one of the artist to be performed at the Main Stage at the 32nd "Atlanta Jazz Festival" and Callanwolde’s Jazz on the Lawn- Jazz concert series.

"America is one of my favorite countries" she says. Madoca's musical capability and style are influenced by and spans the spectrum of Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample and Chick Corea, yet are uniquely her own. Paying her performance dues for the last 20 years, it is now time for Madoca to come to the forefront as an artist. Her band members connect with her and are committed to expose and explore their musical abilities in and through MADOCA & Co.. Her previously released CD titled "Mysterious Ways" (August 2005) is available at Tower Records.com and CD Baby.com. And her newly released CD titled "Amethyst" (March 2008) is available at CD Baby.com, Amazon.com. The song titled "Spiritual" has been on Jazz 91.9 WCLK with Morris Baxter Morning Show Charts Top #9. The songs "Obsession", "Blueswing" , "Fusion hwy", "Amethyst Island", "Funk it up!", "Atlanta", "Kamikaze Night" getting airplay on Jazz 91.9 WCLK FM, Atlanta Music Radio, WATB 1420 AM and other college radio stations across the country.