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Hiroya Tsukamoto will bring his unique style of playing to the Chehalem Cultural Center on May 17

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Hiroya Tsukamato will perform May 17 in the grand ballroom at the CCC.

The Chehalem Cultural Center will welcome guitarist and singer Hiroya Tsukamoto to Newberg this month.

Tsukamoto was born and raised in Japan. He began playing the five string banjo when he was 13, taking up the guitar a short time later. In 2000, he received a scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Once arriving in Boston he formed a group called Interoceanico, made up of artists from around the world, including Columbian singer Marta Gomez, a Latin Grammy Award winner. The group released three albums. Tsukamoto has also released three solo albums of his own.

Now based in New York, Tsukamoto will perform solo guitar during the show in Newberg, while also using a looping device to add vocal layers to the guitar melodies.

He has toured extensively around the country and internationally, including appearances at Blue Note in New York City and on Japanese National Television. He also placed second in the International Finger Style Guitar Championship.

Starting in May, Tsukamoto began a wide-ranging tour across the United States, which began in Northampton, Mass., and will conclude in December in Pensacola, Fla. He has three stops in Oregon: May 16 in Florence, May 17 in Newberg, then May 18 in Gold Beach.

According to the cultural center's description, "Tsukamoto's instrumental abilities are indeed breathtaking and astounding, but his performances are so much more than that.  He has the unique capability of engaging an audience through a personable and genuine approach that transfixes his audience and almost transcends his capabilities as a guitarist. Audience members will be mesmerized; Tsukamoto plays with an effortless skill on the guitar and a repertoire that will have you traveling the world, not to mention experiencing new sounds with his own compositions."

Tsukamoto has played in Newberg before. In 2016, he performed at the Black Box Theater at the CCC, marking his first time in Newberg. He had only performed once before in Oregon.

"It's eclectic, it's a mixture of folk, jazz, some Japanese folk music and some experimental music," Tsukamoto said before his previous performance in Newberg.

The show is at 7 p.m. May 17 in the grand ballroom at the cultural center. Tickets are $15, but the show is free for anyone under the age of 18. Tickets are also available for $5 for anyone showing an EBT or Oregon Trail card. Tickets are only available at the door the day of the show; doors open at 6:30 p.m. and there is open seating for up to 300 people.

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