BICULTURAL MUSIC SAMURAI (音の和魂洋才)
Residing in Los Angeles and travelling the world from Japan, GOH (Goh Kurosawa) is a 'tap/slap' guitarist armed with his original songs of acoustic rock jazz, electrifying soundscapes, and stunning arrangements of familiar global melodies.
ロサンゼルス在住、日本生まれアメリカ育ちの GOH (豪) は世界を舞台に独自のアコギ・ロック・ジャズ、音の色彩情景とも言われるサウンドスケープ、さらに国々で愛される歌や文化をアレンジし続けるオリジナル "tap/slap (タップスラップ)" ギタリスト。（Japanese / 日本語のみ希望の方は‶ココ″をクリック）
GOH (guitar & voice) offers compositions and improvisations. Being well-traveled, it is not surprising to notice the various reflections of the globe while listening and experiencing his works on sound recordings or at live events. People have identified his style with musical genres such as acoustic, folk, world (Brazilian bossa nova, flamenco, Latin, Balkan, and Japanese), electric, rock, prog-rock, metal, jazz, classical, creative, experimental and beyond. To simplify, call it "acoustic rock jazz."
All alone 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. He is capable of putting on a one man rock show as well as traditional acoustic and classical chamber performances. His original material is influenced by everything from Paco de Lucia (flamenco legend master) to jazz-genres (Vinny Golia and Miles Davis to name just two) to Erlend Krauser (rock electric guitarist in a style perhaps similar to Jeff Beck).
Goh is often referred to as a "musical wakonyosai." Wakonyosai (和魂洋才) is an approach to the Western knowledge with the Japanese spirit. 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."
In 2009, out of the 42,000 CDs and the 560,000 works submitted from 163 countries, Goh's composition, HITORI (out of print), was nominated and placed among the top six in the category of solo guitar at the Just Plain Folks Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee; the largest music award ceremony of any kind in music history. His album also entitled HITORI, a collection of diverse original solo guitar works, has been brought to attention by music journals such as ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE (UK). Nominated once again in 2017, Goh has six JPF nominations for "best instrumental rock" and "best solo guitar" both in song and album categories; the award ceremony is to be held in Los Angeles on August 5.
Although he has always been musically active, Goh considers 2005 to be the turning point as he was booked for the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival as a featured performer. The festival has brought him back throughout the years; a connection with a little paradise in the middle of Mexico and Japan was established. Leading into this year, Thomas Leeb, his friend from school and renowned finger-style guitarist, taught Goh his piece, Albino, which gave a insightful start to beat-the-guitar quite radically different from the percussive flamenco guitar elements.
He performs on acoustic, classical, electric, and sitar guitars. Being deeply impacted by flamenco for over ten years, his repertoire has included a Bulerias (the most energetic form in the meter of 12/8) by Paco De Lucia. Shortly after completing his formal musical training at the university level, Goh realized that it was a must to have an instrumental band in order to sustain certain musical concepts. In 2004, he formed Sharp Three with Kai Kurosawa (www.HappySad.org) his brother who is considered to be the best tap-style player in the world, not only by fans but also by several noted music giants. SHARP THREE, the self-titled LP containing nine original compositions, has garnered recognition from magazines such as GUITAR PLAYER (US), and the second CD/DVD, ZERO COOL, received positive reviews from additional publications such as JAZZTIMES (US), ALL ABOUT JAZZ (UK), MUSICIANS INSTITUTE (Japan). The album was supported with a US west coast tour, followed by a Japan tour.
Since 2013, Goh has been producing BRILLIANT STRINGS, which continues today as a live music and live paint concert series on a seasonal base in intimate sized venues in Southern California. Other credits include collaborations with guitar giant Miroslav Tadic (The Grand Mothers Reinvented, David Torn, and Dusan Bogdanovic), Masaki Yamada of the legendary Japanese rock band Loudness, Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Charlie Haden, Kelli Ali (Linkin'Park, Bootsy Collins, and Marilyn Manson) of One Little Indian Records, Alan Paul of the Manhattan Transfer, fingerstyle guitarist Thomas Leeb, modern classical guitarist Roland Dyens, master percussionist John Bergamo (Frank Zappa's Abnuceals Emukka Orchestra, John McLaughlin's Shakti, and Hands On'Semble), and Adam Levy (Tracy Chapman, and Norah Jones) to name a few.
Goh has been self-booking/managing. Living in sunny LA (with Nyan-Nyan his blue eyed cat), the US west coast and Japan are permanently a part of his tour itinerary. He has also made appearances by performing and teaching in Mexico, Taiwan, as well as Brazil. Goh enjoys hearing from people; he continues to book events (shows/workshops/lessons/sessions/film-scoring), dream bigger, live better, and compose life (be sure to visit his diary on this website).
Blue Quiet Sound (JazzTimes 2015)
Endorsement deal with Elite Acoustics (www.eliteacoustics.com)
Headliner (Taiwan Spring Scream Festival 2015/2007)
Energy / 命 (album review @ JazzTimes)
"Sharp Three Zero Cool... thrilling adventures!" (2013 JJA 'Best of')
"Guitar savant GOH 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)
--Guitar Player Magazine
"GOH is an acoustic guitarist who performs using his entire instrument
harmonically and percussively with original songs that will take you on a journey to new worlds
and expressive arrangements of familiar songs that will bring you close to home."
--Geli Wuerzner (Musician & Author of "Breaking the Bend")
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