Madoca Kawahara

Madoca Kawahara

 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
BandJazzFunk

Internationally acclaimed pianist Madoca Kawahara is a Producer, Composer/ Music publisher (ASCAP).
Madoca Kawahara has her group called MADOCA & Company, she has teamed up with some of the best musicians to create an exciting mix of funk, Latin, fusion and contemporary jazz.MADOCA & Company has share the stage with Chris Botti, Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliott, Australian Orchestra and headlined the 32nd Atlanta Jazz Festival.MADOCA has released her solo CD entitled "Mysterious Wa

Biography

[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.

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.

Set List

*Concert or festival performances: 1 hour in length.
*Jazz clubs/ restaurants or corporate functions performances: 45 minutes X 2 or 3 sets.
* Enough original and cover material for over 500 minutes.


1. Beneath the mask/ Chick Corea
2. Sneaky Pete/ Patrice Rushen
3. For all we know/ Will Downing
4. Bridge over the stars/ Keiko Matsui
5. Elegant people/ Weather Report
6. Carmel/ Joe Sample
7. My favorite thing/ Luther Vandross
8. 99 flavors/ Chick Corea
9. Robo Bop/ Fourplay
10. Something’s going on/ Will Downing
11. Melodies of love/ Joe Sample
12. Tango in Barbados/ David Benoit
13. I softly surrender to you/ Down to the born
14. Spain/ Chick Corea
15. Blue Miles/ Chick Corea
16. Magic lady/Jeff Lorber
17. Without your love/ Brian Culbertson
18. Chameleon/ Herbie Hancock
19. You don't know what love is/ George Benson