Keiko Matsui

Keiko Matsui

Contemporary jazz pianist Keiko Matsui makes her seventh return to Livermore at 8 p.m. on August 16, bringing what Jazz Review called her “wonderful amalgam of exotic melodies, luscious harmonies and global rhythms” to the intimate acoustics of the Bankhead Theater.

Matsui is known for original composi-tions that speak a universal language, a seamless blend of musical influences from around the world. She returns to Livermore on tour for her album “Echo,” released earlier this year. Described as a “global sonic tapestry,” the album features a number of special guests she has worked with over the years including bassist Marcus Miller, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, vocalist Gretchen Parlato and more.

A native of Japan, Matsui began classical music piano lessons at the age of five. By her early teens she had developed a strong interest in jazz and began to compose her own music. At just age 17, she was selected as a recording artist for Yamaha. Matsui made her US recording debut with “Drop of Water” in 1987. Her music displays a fluid and improvisational quality, appealing to audiences across genres. She incorporates diverse stylistic elements from jazz, classical, rock, blues, and world music, woven through with a new age sensibility. Matsui has collaborated with such musical luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, and Bob James, and has twice been named Best Female Artist at the National Smooth Jazz Awards.

Keiko Matsui’s annual appearance at the Bankhead is already selling fast and her shows have sold out completely in the past. Ticket prices range from $20 to $65, with $20 tickets available for students and active military personnel.

The Bankhead Theater is located a 2400 First Street in downtown Livermore. Tickets are available at the box office,online at www.lvpac.org or by calling 373-6800.