“Madoca” Kawahara is playing a concert at the City Winery in Atlanta on July 3, 2018.
MADOCA™ Kawahara a.k.a. MADOCA™ [pronounced “ma du ka”] is a world-class keyboardist and composer, Grammy voting member & publisher: ASCAP member, and national recording artist, whose latest release is on the Smooth Jazz Network Top 100 Charts. Her style is a fusion of contemporary/classic jazz, soul, funk, Latin and salsa — providing musical sustenance for your mind and soul.
Her latest release, “Illusion of Love,” is produced by award-winning producer, Bob Baldwin, and showcases the growth and maturity of this very talented Japanese/American international performer. Her style is smooth, as evidenced in the title track, but it can also heat up and explode on rhythmic songs like “Picadillo” and her sizzling remix of “Jasmine.” On beautiful ballads like “Sentimentally Yours” and “Softly as in a Morning Sunrise,” she holds her own in an acoustic piano setting
MADOCA began studying piano/organ at the age of seven, played through her teenage years, and graduated from the Senzoku Music University in Kawasaki, Japan with a major in composition and piano. She had a 3-day live audition before earning her invitation to the Nemu Music Scholarship Program, where she furthered her studies in jazz piano, jazz theory, ensemble, composition, and arrangement. Her teaching exploits included an Education Partnership Program from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
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