Hiroshima’s Holiday Concert at Yoshi’s


Hiroshima in Little Tokyo.

SAN FRANCISCO — Hiroshima returns to Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore at Eddy, for its second annual “Spirit of the Season” holiday show to celebrate the season and build community spirit.

Showtimes are Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8 and 10 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 11, at 6 and 8 p.m.

The concert will feature special guest star Terry Steele, former Hiroshima vocalist, and more surprises, plus a preview of songs from the band’s new CD to be released in January.

The Los Angeles-based ensemble consists of Dan Kuramoto (keyboards/woodwinds/composer/producer), June Okida Kuramoto (koto), Danny Yamamoto (drums), Kimo Cornwell (piano/keyboards), Dean Cortez (bass) and Shoji Kameda (taiko drum/percussion).

“We’ve finished our follow-up to our Grammy-nominated 2010 ‘Legacy,’ ” the band said in its latest newsletter. “It’s called ‘Departure.’ It is a new beginning for us in many ways.

“The songs are all originals with just one guest artist, the incredible harmonica player Tetsuya ‘Tex’ Nakamura, featured on the luscious opening track, ‘Have You Ever Wondered,’ composed by June and Kimo.

“ ’Koto Cruise’ is the second song and features a funky groove and a burning koto solo. ‘Blues for Sendai’ is just that.

“There’s a tribute to our friend and mentor James Moody, who passed last December. It’s called ‘See You Again,’ and there is a lot of ‘quoting’ from his ‘Moody’s Mood for Love.’

“After many years of requests, we have recorded our first full-on taiko solo ever, ‘Yamasong’ — a live recording that really captures Shoji and Danny’s fierce interplay.

“ ‘First Nation,’ a composition by the Hawaiian Kimo Cornwell, is a powerhouse of a song embracing many cultures, as does our reincarnation of ‘Thousand Cranes.’

“The CD ends with a soulful version of  ‘One Wish,’ done as an acoustic trio.”

Artists will be available to autograph CDs after the concert.

All shows are $30. Buy tickets online at www.yoshis.com.

For more on the band, visit www.hiroshimamusic.com.


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