photo above by Joseph Patrick Conroy
YUZU | BASHIRI JOHNSON
Akim Funk Buddha is now the Executive Director of Yuzu, a Japanese singer/songwriter, who recently signed a record deal with Bashiri Johnson's Life in Rhythm Media label. Bashiri Johnson is a producer and percussionist who has worked with international superstars including Madonna, Sting, Lionel Ritchie and was part of Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' movie and tour. This has set the stage and now Yuzu, collaborating with Bashiri and Akim, is in the process of cultivating a new sound that is bound to takes audiences by storm.
Yuzu has come to New York to share her voice and the electric Koto, her instrument. The traditional Koto is an ancient instrument that goes back thousands of years. The electric Koto creates a distinctive original Japanese sound and is tuned to sychronize with the western music scale. Yuzu's style of music is "Urban Folk". It combines both urban and traditional elements, from the types of instruments played to the subject matter of her songs.
At a time when listeners and audiences are looking for something new and different in a crowded musical field, Yuzu is certain to provide a sound that is quite unlike anything you have heard before.
FUNK BUDDHA BONSAI LAB
Exploring time and space and elevating the art form with the most interesting group of urban experimental dancers in New York. The Bonsai Lab features movers and shape shifters from various dance styles to perform cultural alchemy.