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Jazz harpist performs at Old 5Mile

Harpist Motoshi Kosako will be performing at the Old 5Mile House Friday. Motoshi began his musical career playing acoustic and electric guitar in Tokyo, where he was described by Swing Journal magazine as “one of the most remarkable young Jazz musicians.”

Kosako moved to the United States in 1997 and soon started playing the harp. He is now the principal harpist of Stockton Symphony Orchestra and was the featured soloist for Mozart’s “Flute and Harp Concerto” in the 2009-2010 season. In 2007, he won second place in the Lyon and Healy International Jazz and Pop Harp Competition and received the “Best of Sacramento” award from Sacramento Magazine as “Best Jazz Hound in Tie and Tail.”

He has performed and taught frequently in Japan, where he is considered among the country’s most influential jazz harpists. In 2002 and 2003, he recorded two classical harp albums, “Celestial Harp I” and “Celestial Harp II.” In April 2008, he released “Naked Wonder,” his first jazz album. In 2010, he started intimate collaboration with Paul McCandless (two-time Grammy Award winner, oboe, English horn soprano sax, bass clarinet player) and released the duo album “Place in the Heart.”

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