2012 / Traditional and fusion folk song music “Cultural Twist” concert by “Minyo Station”, May 26

Los Angeles-based Japanese folk song ensemble “Minyo Station” has released its first album CD “Cultural Twist,” and will hold the CD release concert on Saturday, May 26, at 3:00 pm at Alvas Showroom, 1417 West Eighth Street, San Pedro, CA 90732.


May 26 (Saturday) 2012
Doors open: 2:30 pm
Show time: 3:00 pm
Ticket: $20 (coffee, tea and snacks will be provided)

Yu Ooka, guitars
Dane Matsumura, bass
Dave Iwataki, keyboard
Miles Senzaki, drums
Natsu Summer, vocals, hayashi, ka-ne
Loryce Hashimoto, shamisen
Nana Kaneko, taiko and percussions
Marisa Kosugi, vocals

Contents of Cultural Twist:
Kaigara Bushi – Fishing Song from Tottori
Kushimoto Bushi – Love Song from Wakayama
Takeda no Komori Uta – Lullaby of Takeda from Kyoto
Isohara Bushi – Beach Song from Ibaraki
Kita Kyushu Tanko Bushi – Coalmine Song from Fukuoka
Yosakoi Naruko Odori – Dance Song from Kochi

Minyo Station “The Direction of the Wind” is an indication of the new sound of Minyo (Japanese folk music), as envisioned by Minyo Station’s music director and lead guitarist, Yu Ooka. Minyo Station is in the forefront of a movement to infuse a new sound into traditional Japanese folk music, as interpreted by a new generation of artists.

Like the wind, the sound of Minyo blows freely from the East to West. Minyo Station’s sound is both unique yet familiar, a multi-cultural “twist” that melds Western elements of genres such as rock, R&B, and Jazz with the melodies and structure of Minyo compositions that have been passed down for generations through the many villages of Japan.

Minyo Station was established in 2008, they have performed extensively throughout Southern California and in San Francisco to multi-cultural, enthusiastic audiences of all ages, playing both the traditional and fusion style. Minyo Station’s mission is to simply ‘preserve music from the past,’ respecting and understanding that the music played may convey ‘an emotion, a memory, a special moment shared with loved ones.’

Purchasing Minyo Station tickets for the May 26 concert:

1. Sending Check by Regular Mail – To obtain postal mailing address, email yu.ooka@gmail.com

2. Online – Paypal (Visa / Mastercard) at www.minyostation.com. Click on “Store” in the web, and enter your credit card information. Upon registration, a confirmation will be sent by email.


First Minyo Station Album “Cultural Twist” is now on sale at www.MinyoStation.com