2013 / July 19 / Wearing kimono, Saori Yuki debuts at Hollywood Bowl


20130719 Pink Martini Saori Yuki Kimono

Wearing kimono, Saori Yuki debuts at Hollywood Bowl on July 19.


After Introduced as “Barbara Streisand of Japan” by Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini, Japan’s veteran singer Saori Yuki appeared in kimono and made her debut at Hollywood Bowl on July 19.


Saori Yuki performed “Yuuzuki” and “Puff the Magic Dragon” from the album “1969.” After Yuki’s two Japanese songs, Timothy Nishimoto of Pink Martini performed “Zundoko Bushi” and excited American audiences with Latin rhythm in Japanese flavor.    


Responding to call for an encore, Yuki joined with China Forbes and Storm Large, vocalists of Pink Martini, to perform “Brazil.” Yuki sang Japanese lyric of “Brazil.”


Pink Martini concert with Saori Yuki at Hollywood Bowl continues to Saturday, July 20 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, July 21 at 7:30 pm. Seats are still available. HollywoodBowl.com


20130719 Pink Martini Saori Yuki Stage

Saori Yuki joins Pink Martini at Hollywood Bowl on July 19, 2013.


Japanese singer and actress Saori Yuki will perform at the Hollywood Bowl with Pink Martini and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Bramwell Tovey, on Friday, July 19 at 8 pm, Saturday, July 20 at 8 pm, and Sunday, July 21 at 7:30 pm.

Widely considered to be the “Barbra Streisand of Japan,” Saori Yuki is an internationally award-winning singer and actress. Since the release of her first single “Yoake no Skat” in 1969, she has recorded over 30 albums and starred in several movies and television series.

Saori discovered Pink Martini after hearing a cover of her song “Taya Tan” performed by the Portland, Oregon-based ensemble on their 2007 album Hey Eugene.

Soon after, Saori partnered with Pink Martini to create a musical tribute in honor of the year of her debut single. The resulting album, 1969, was released in 2011 by Heinz Records and features several Japanese pop hits in addition to other internationally recognized songs.

1969 was certified platinum in Japan and marked the first time a Japanese artist hit the American Billboard charts since Kyu Sakamoto released Sukiyaki in 1963.     

Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 N Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90068. Tickets are available at HollywoodBowl.com, or via phone at (323) 8502000.


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