Aurora – Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation presents
Aki Yashiro Benefit Concert in L.A.
Saturday, October 21, 5:00 p.m.
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
Produced by Mirion Kikaku & Creative Enterprise International, Inc.
Aki Yashiro was born in the city of Yashiro in Kumamoto Prefecture. She made her debut in 1971 and became widely known with the song “Namida Goi” (Tear Love) in 1973. Since then, she has had many hit songs including “Ai no Shuchaku Eki” (Terminal Station of Love), “Mo Ichido Aitai” (I Want to See You Again), and “Funa Uta” (Song of the Boat).
In 1980, she won the Grand Prize of the 22nd Japan Record Award with her single “Ame no Bojo” (Affection of Rain). In 2010, when she celebrated her 40th anniversary as an entertainer, her singing was recognized with the Commendation by the Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs in Japan.
Yashiro is not only singer but also a fine artist. Yashiro is a permanent member of Le Salon in Paris, the world’s oldest art exhibition and an artists’ gateway of success, with her art pieces having entered the exhibition for five years in a row.
In 2012, Yashiro released a jazz album “Yoru no Arubamu” (Album of the Night) from Universal Music which was distributed in 75 countries worldwide, making largest – scale distribution in the history of Japanese albums.
In March 2013, she held a live show at New York’s Birdland, one of the most established jazz clubs in the city. In August 2013, she released the album “Yume no Yoru: (Dream Evening) Aki Yashiro Live in New York,” recorded live at the March performance.
In October 2015, Yashiro released her first-ever blues album “Aiuta” (Elegy). In 2015, she was appointed as Cultural Ambassador to Japan by the government of Mongolia. On October 19, 2015, she released song “JAMAAS Shingitsu wa futatsu” (JAMAAS There Are Two Truths), in which she resurrected a Mongolian tune as her new song.
In May 2017, Yashiro collaborated with young singer May J for the May’s 10th single album “10,000 Days of a Mother and a Daughter: Door to the Future” which was written and produced by Angela Aki.
On October 11, 2017, Yashiro released her first jazz album in five years, “Yoru no Tsuzuki” (Continuation of the Night).