Website "ComposeLife.com" designed by Kurosawa Brothers; Japanese bio edited by Masumi Kurosawa.
Biography edited by Veronique Chevalier; bio photo by Noriko Hiruma.
Bicultural musical traveler GOH KUROSAWA, based in Los Angeles (raised in Japan), is a composer-producer-singer with a sophisticatedly cool solo guitar style. He is blessed with dedicated fans in Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, Brazil, US West Coast, and beyond.
Unplugged, he embraces a single guitar to create drum beats, percussive grooves, bass lines, and memorable melodies all at the same time; as an electric 'pedalist' he tweaks, bends, and twists soundscapes. Emphasizing honest musical emotions, his original material is influenced by everything from Paco de Lucia to Western jazz-genres to Jeff Beck.
Scott Yanow (journalist for AllMusic & LA Jazz Scene) expresses: "Goh Kurosawa's music is beyond any simple classification. The guitarist improvises melodically, is open to the influences of pop, rock, flamenco, classical, Latin and Japanese music, and has his own musical identity. Equally skilled on electric and acoustic guitars, he has mastered tapping and sometimes uses electrical devices to create a wide range of sounds yet is not shy to embrace a pretty melody; personable and eager to talk about his music and guitar tunings between songs, Goh put on a warm and entertaining show. His set included Bob Marley's No Women No Cry, My Family My Friends (original), a Japanese folk song, Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah (which he sang) and parts of a suite he recently composed."
Encouraged by Mom and Dad, little Goh began attending classical music concerts every other month; at age five, he watched Yo-Yo Ma perform with the St. Louis Symphony. After countless years of piano lessons with teachers including his mother and grandmother, he finally had the opportunity to pick up the guitar in high school. During those teen years his focus was to serve as director/conductor for the school's Mandolin Guitar Orchestra. At a state competition, his masterful skills made such an impression on the judges that they created, on the spot, a 'Best Conductor' award for his outstanding performance. Witnessing their son's milestone that day, somehow his parents understood that Goh was an original and was destined to become a professional musician.
In 2013 in The City of Angels, Goh with his colleagues launched BRILLIANT STRINGS, a globally recognized music gathering. The world-class monthly series is open to all ages. Performers include master musicians, global instrumentalists, live painters, creative dancers, and Grammy winners/nominees. To catch the next installment, go to BrilliantStrings.org.
To witness Goh's artistry for yourself, or to book him for a house concert, sign up for his list at yohgoh(at)gmail.com. Goh has been self-booking his tours for nearly a decade; he continues to headline international festivals, prestigious universities, and more. Stay tuned for Goh's newest videos on YouTube, as each release uncovers further depth, freshness to this multi-faceted musical artist's career.
Visit SharpThree.com for Goh with his global band, SHARP THREE.
"It has been often said that to listen to Goh Kurosawa is to force oneself to abandon any notion of category or genre."
--JazzTimes (by Travis Rogers)
"Musical Wakonyosai: musically approaching Western knowledge with a Japanese spirit."
--Saga TV (Japan)
"Goh gave a cavalcade of string versatility, from nylon-string flamenco to Mahavishnuesque electric rave-ups!"
--DownBeat Magazine (by Kirk Silsbee)
"Whatever the guitar wanted to be, Goh found!"
--fan mail (from Cheri)
"Evolving musical poly-language, a technically strong but ear-friendly brew, touching on flavors of jazz, pop, Brazilian, Japanese and other global corners."
--Santa Barbara News Press (by Joe Woodard)
"A complete success!"
--Acoustic Magazine (UK)
"Guitar savant Goh Kurosawa brings a stuffed burrito of influences that includes everything from Japanese folk and Paco de Lucia-style flamenco to Elvis and Guns N' Roses!"
--Monterey County Weekly (by Adam Joseph)
[SOLO ALBUM "ENERGY"]
Japanese "INOCHI" calligraphy by Masumi Kurosawa; CD design by Goh Kurosawa.
Many have been waiting for Goh to release this new full length solo guitar album for a longtime. His first commercially available solo CD "HITORI (or003 / sold out)" was released in 2007. The new CD "ENERGY (or005 / now available)" is packed with original compositions and arrangements. Green Is Her Favorite Color (track 1) is a new arrangement of his song, originally written for his band, Sharp Three. The trio version is available on "SHARP THREE (or002 / almost gone)" released in 2006, and on Goh's latest project we are able to enjoy the same song performed all by himself on a flamenco guitar recorded live in the studio with absolutely no overdubs, no bongos, or loops.
People have identified Goh's music with creative world, contemporary jazz-styles, rock, classical, flamenco, Brazilian, Balkan, and Asian soundscapes. Recently one of his student's father suggested that it is best to listen to Goh's music without any pre-set notion of a genre to allow for the audience themselves to simply follow the artist musically; moreover, it is best not to attempt to categorize music. A great example of this is the Fruit Bunny: first movement (track 8) - for solo steel-string guitar; second movement (track 9) - for creative heavy metal trio; third movement (track 10) - for solo nylon-string guitar. There are six original compositions and five original arrangements on this fresh record; nine of them are solo guitar tracks (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11), track 4 features special guests, and track 9 features Sharp Three.
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Upper roll photos by Jun Hiraoka; watercolor "BEAST" by Pete Morris; lower roll photos (LtoR) by Carlos Mascherin, Metso, Kai Kurosawa, Redhare, and Craig Johnson.