‘NYC’s Secret Weapon’ Comes to the Next Step | Entertainment

PUTNEY – Japanese keyboardist and composer Masayuki Hirano (BIGYUKI) performs at Next Stage Arts on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The performance begins with a solo grand piano set from “NYC’s Secret Weapon”, followed by a trio set with Randy Runyon on guitar and Tim “Smithsoneon” Smith on drums.

“We’re excited to bring BIGYUKI’s unique mix of genres to Putney,” said Keith Marks, Executive Director of Next Stage Arts. “He embodies the broad reach and experimentation for which Next Stage is becoming known.”

Revolutionary songwriter and virtuoso keyboardist Masayuki Hirano is called in the industry “NYC’s secret weapon.” Wild juxtapositions inhabit BIGYUKI’s performances: heavy rhythms interwoven with classical flourishes; Low-end technical beeps expressed through a heart-shaped sieve. BIGYUKI is known for blending jazz, soul, hip-hop and electronics to create a sound all its own.

Best known for composing three tracks on A Tribe’s most recent album Called Quest and recently found touring with Kamasi Washington, Masayuki is in both the forefront of jazz and hip-hop as a session player. very researched.

“I made a name for myself as a session player in New York where I was known to keep my feet up in all the genres that I love,” he explained. “My own music is a collage, but it definitely has a groove. I want my music to stimulate your mind and move your lower body.

This New England tour marks the release of his latest album on Verve, “Neon Chapter”. His Next Stage performance will begin with a solo grand piano set, followed by a trio set with Randy Runyon on guitar and Tim “Smithsoneon” Smith on drums.

This performance is made possible in part thanks to the sponsorship of Oak Meadow. Tickets are $ 18 in advance, $ 22 at the door. More information and tickets are available at nextstagearts.org.

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