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SkyBridge

Boston, MA | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Boston, MA | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Pop R&B

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Aug
12
SkyBridge @ Nui. HOSTEL & BAR LOUNGE

台東区, Tōkyō, Japan

台東区, Tōkyō, Japan

Aug
12
SkyBridge @ ペギィ・スウ 高麗橋店

Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka, Japan

Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka, Japan

Aug
11
SkyBridge @ Tokyo School of Music and Dance College

Edogawa-ku, Tōkyō, Japan

Edogawa-ku, Tōkyō, Japan

Aug
10
SkyBridge @ Tokyo School of Music Shibuya

Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō, Japan

Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō, Japan

Aug
09
SkyBridge @ Osaka School of Music

Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka, Japan

Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka, Japan

Jul
06
SkyBridge @ RADIO LABIN Ltd.

Labin, Istarska, Croatia

Labin, Istarska, Croatia

Mar
02
SkyBridge @ Hard Rock Cafe Boston

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dec
17
SkyBridge @ Hard Rock Cafe Boston

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Nov
09
SkyBridge @ Berklee Performance Center

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Nov
03
SkyBridge @ Massachusetts Peace Action

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Aug
10
SkyBridge @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States

New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States

May
12
SkyBridge @ Newton South High School

Newton, Massachusetts, United States

Newton, Massachusetts, United States

Apr
30
SkyBridge @ Boston Common

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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SkyBridge, a diverse band and project that has an eclectic, global music style reflecting our collective concerns for social justice, diversity, equality and world peace, opened the sessions. Their slogan is “We look different, we ALL smile the same.” View video of their performances! - Massachusetts peace action


Ms. Toyama is currently active as the leader of SkyBridge, a band made up of members from different countries. The band’s slogan is wonderful. “We look different, (but) we ALL smile the same,” Ms. Toyama said, talking about the philosophy behind the group. “‘SkyBridge’ refers to a rainbow. There are no borders in the sky. We want to overcome differences in culture, gender, and race and create music that connects everyone across a bridge which is colorful like a rainbow.” The music of SkyBridge is filled with these sentiments. - Jikei Group of colleges


Skybridge is a multi-cultural music group that originated at the Berklee College of Music in 2013. Their motto, “We look so different, we all smile the same,” is backed by a diverse membership, which includes over 50 individuals from countries spanning the globe. While their origins vary widely, the musicians of SkyBridge are connected by a love of music and the desire to build a more peaceful, equal, and friendly planet.

SkyBridge’s sound is, simply put, worldly. Because of their inclusive mission, SkyBridge attracts members with unique and diverse musical backgrounds. The result of this collaboration is a well-traveled mix of Pop, R&B, Reggae, Jazz, Soul, and Funk.

The band was built as a mechanism for founder Utako Toyama to bring fellow musicians on a tour of her homeland, Japan. As she explained to me over coffee, the band never made it to Japan - but has instead developed into something much more meaningful. At their first show, SkyBridge performed a song whose melody is a simple, wordless hum. They were surprised when the audience joined in, creating a united atmosphere that made a powerful impression on everyone. Ever since then, audience participation has been a key element of SkyBridge's music. To achieve this, SkyBridge has bravely experimented with different forms of performance, including a flash mob-inspired version of Eric Clapton's Tears in Heaven in Faneuil Hall, Boston.

This summer, SkyBridge is embarking on an ambitious and fun project bringing musical flash mobs to the Boston area. Each performance will be grounded in a different theme: LGBTQ rights, religious freedom, and race equality. The project will culminate in the fourth, largest performance, Flash Mob for Peace, on September 21st, the International Day of Peace. The group is currently seeking volunteers to collaborate with: skilled singers, organizers, and advertisers who are passionate about equal rights and ready to have a good time.

To get involved in SkyBridge's Flash Mob project, visit their website. - PROARTSCONNECT.ORG


And finally from the Berklee crowd was Sky Bridge band with Japanese vocalist and composer Utako Toyama backed by two other ladies of colour. Their song ‘We declare peace’ was about global unity and they also got the audience quite engaged. - moderate Kenyan


The Women Musicians Network is an exciting and diverse show that focuses on Berklee’s female students from all around the world, and features jazz, pop, hip-hop, world, dance, inspirational, and R&B music. Berklee women, including faculty and graduates, will also present songs and arrangements.

This year’s lineup includes the Pletenitsa Balkan Choir, Dominique Jones, Claudia Medina’s Peruvian Jazz Project, and guest alumna Utako Toyama with Skybridge. - The Color Magazine


OSMヴォーカル コースの卒業生, 遠山歌子さんがスカイブリッジSkyBridge(バークリー音楽大学卒業生たちによる、多国籍なミュージシャンの集まりと彼らの持つメッセージ)を連れて、8月9日(木曜日)午後1時~予定では3時過ぎまで、第3校舎の4階 EN431でワークショップを行います。ワークショップの内容は、作詞、作曲、編曲などについてレクチャーしていただいた後、”海外で学び、海外で活動する”ことについてなど、様々な質問を投げかけてみます。後半ではスカイブリッジのレパートリーを一緒に練習したり、発表したり、アクティヴなワークショップになる予定です。Q&A時間もあります。ソングライティングに興味のある方、歌うことに興味のある方、留学に興味のある方、バークリー音楽大学に興味のある方、海外で活動することに興味のある方、音楽の刺激が必要な方、皆さんの参加をお待ちしています。

ワークショップをリードしてくださるのは以下のお二人です。

遠山歌子さん  大阪出身。専門学生時代にクワイヤーリーダーとして天童よしみ、伊藤由奈、HYなどのバッキングボーカルや世界陸上の開会式で織田裕二のサポートを経験。奨学金を受賞しバークリー音楽院へ入学。現代音楽作曲プロダクション専攻から成績優秀者として卒業。入学直後に、バークリーパフォーンスセンター(BPC)で行われた9.11のメモリアルコンサートでオリジナル曲”No Rain No Rainbow” を演奏する。音楽を通じ、世界中のミュージシャンと友達になることで、音楽と人間の普遍性、また多様性を実感。”We look different, we ALL smile the same (見た目は異なれど笑うのはみ〜んな一緒)”というスローガンのもと、プロジェクトバンド、SkyBridgeを始める。バークリー代表バンドとして、新入生ウェルカムコンサートで演奏し、さらに後にインディア アリーがゲスで呼ばれた、マーティン ルーサー キングのイベントでは、応募していないにも関わらず芸術賞を受賞、という前代未聞の快挙を遂げる。2015年、日本人初めてのシンガーソングライターとして、世界コンテストであるジョンレノン作曲コンテストで “No Rain No Rainbow” がファイナル賞を受賞。また17年にはソングライターのメッカであるナッシュビルで行われたソングスターでもソングライターとしてブロンズ賞を受賞。昨年にBPCで行われたWomen Music Networkコンサートでは卒業生スペシャルゲストとしてトリで演奏。BPCでのトリの演奏に呼ばれるのはこれで3度目になる。スカイブリッジとして日本領事館での演奏、グラミー賞受賞ドラマーMark Walkerとの共演そしてレコーディング、ハードロックカフェ、ボストン日本祭り、ハーバード大学、マサチューセッツ工科大学や、300以上もの組織の参加する社会的カンファレンスでのオープニング演奏などボストンでの演奏に加え、 ウガンダでの音楽ワークショップや、またケニアではグラミー賞受賞ベーシスト、Victor Wootenとの共演を果たすなど、インターナショナルに活躍する。

Dina Rizvic (Vo, Key)  クロアチア出身。バークリー音楽院を3年という短期間で、しかも主席で卒業する。5歳からピアノとパーカッションを学び、国際コンテスト”ArsNova”でピアノストとして若干9歳で3位、また12歳で2位に輝く。そして世界的に有名なビブラフォン奏者、BoskoPetrovicのコンサートやレコーディングの参加を経験。そして16歳でクロアチアレコードレーベルと契約を結び、シンガーソングライターとしてファーストアルバム、”WithoutDefeat”をリリースする。2009年に期待の新人アーティスト賞を受賞。クロアチアの全国テレビ、ラジオ、コンサート出演を重ねる。2010年にはヨーロッパで開催されたパーカッションのコンペで2位、2011年にヨーロッパで開催されたソルフェージュのコンペで1位に輝く。バークリー音楽院に入学し、在学中は“創造性のあるコマーシャルポップ作曲”アワード、また“現代音楽作曲プロダクション”実績アワードを受賞する。卒業後はイギリスに拠点を移し、ヨーロッパを中心に作曲・演奏活動を行う。2017年にはクロアチアの国立交響楽団によって、彼女の楽曲また編曲5曲が録音される。 - Osaka school of music


Their runner up song is "We Declare Peace"

SkyBridge is a diverse band and project, established in the city of Boston in spring 2013 by Japanese vocalist and composer Utako Toyama (Berklee ‘14). Our ideology is illustrated by the rainbow: comprised of many colors, it connects two points, just like a bridge. This mirrors our philosophy that we come from different origins, but are connected by the common language of our smiles.

https://www.skybridgemusic.org/
https://www.facebook.com/SkyBridgeMusic

You can watch and listen to "We Declare Peace" on YouTube - RAWA(Renaissance Artists and Writers Association)


Discography

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Bio

“We look different, we ALL smile the same”.

SkyBridge is a project band with diversity. SkyBridge was established in the city of Boston in Spring 2013. The founder is Utako Toyama (vocalist and composer). SkyBridge members come from all over the world and our mission is to create meaningful experiences for the audience. We do this by making music with them at our events and thus, we connect those people beyond any borders they have.


SkyBridge is not a 'regular' music band, it's a team of people whom all fall under the same purpose, to promote peace on our planet. We are unique because our intention is to improve major social issues such as discrimination of race, gender, LGBT. By letting audience members experience the joyfulness of singing and in particular, singing collectively in large groups, we hope that our audience will realize clearly that we as humans are ONE- we ALL smile the same.

SkyBridge is a band that creates original music, but it's main focus is about creating social movements through that music by inspiring people.

Our concert is YOUR concert - This is the concept of SkyBridge's concert.

Our music is for YOU to sing. By singing our songs together, we will become one big family no matter who you are, what you believe or how different you are.


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