Hiroshima Back in the Holiday Spirit Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Japan America Theatre

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Hiroshima will present their annual holiday concert, Spirit of the Season 8, Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo. (Photo by Jaimee Itagaki)

Hiroshima will present their annual holiday concert, Spirit of the Season 8, Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo. (Photo by Jaimee Itagaki)

Hiroshima returns for their 8th Annual “Spirit of the Season” holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 pm at the Aratani Japan America Theatre, in the heart of Little Tokyo.

“We are pleased to welcome world renowned percussionist, Richie Gajate-Garcia as special guest artist this year,” said Hiroshima co-founder Dan Kuramoto. “Richie is recognized as one of the top Latin percussionists by his peers in the Modern Drummer Reader’s poll and one of the top Rock percussionists in DRUM! Magazine.

“This year our friend Roy Firestone will debut his first vocal CD (produced by us) and special guest star Terry Steele (former Hiroshima vocalist), who has just completed his 3-year “Remembering Luther (Vandross)” will join us for our 8th Spirit of the Season,” added Kuramoto.

Firestone will open the concert and Hiroshima will perform cuts from their latest CD, “Legacy.” Hiroshima’s 17th album was recently released in celebration of the band’s 30th anniversary in the industry and features remakes of Hiroshima favorite works from their first 10 years. The CD has met with rave reviews.

When Hiroshima cut their self-titled debut album in 1979, record executives at their own label placed bets that the band’s unprecedented amalgam of traditional Japanese melodies, American jazz structure and Latin percussion – an intriguing but ultimately refreshing anomaly in the waning days of the disco era – wouldn’t make much of an impact in terms of sales or critical acclaim.

Thirty years later, that label no longer exists. Hiroshima, however, has remained very much in the game. And they’ve done so by sticking to that original philosophy of blending genres to map out and promote unlikely artistic and cultural connections. After three decades, in a time when the globe grows smaller and more connected by the day, and sounds from all over that globe can be found in almost any piece of contemporary music, it appears that the world may finally be catching up with Hiroshima.

A video about the new album can be seen at http://www.headsup.com/media/HUAV3153/VideoPlayer/Video.html

Holiday favorites from the “Spirit of the Season” CD plus other special holiday surprises will be performed after intermission.

“Please take the time to get your holidays off to a great start at our 8th annual Spirit of the Season Concert at the JACCC, stated Kuramoto. “Each year the event has grown–and we like to think of it as a family, community event with a vibe! And the hang. How can you beat “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” on koto?” Kuramoto concluded.
All artists’ CD’s will be on sale, including the brand new ‘Legacy’ –all at big savings for the holidays. The artists will be available to autograph CDs after the concert.

Tickets are $36.50 orchestra and $31 balcony, discounts available for JACCC members, groups of 10 or more, students and senior citizens. For concert information or to buy tickets on line (service fee) visit www.jaccc.org

Check the Hiroshima website at: http://hiroshimamusic.com

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