Renowned Jazz Musician and Composer
Asian fusion dining by
Chef Michael Kang
Sunday October 6, 2002
The Grove of Anaheim
is proud to be a sponsor of this very important event benefiting
Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches (A3M)
year's event featuring world renowned jazz musician and composer
Keiko Matsui, benefiting Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches
(A3M) is expected to sell-out the 1,100 seat premier venue at
The Grove of Anaheim.
Dinner will be offered by Celebrity Chef Michael Kang of Five
Feet restaurant in Laguna Beach and West Hollywood.
Keiko Matsui as the #1 Contemporary Female Jazz artist in
the country, surpassed only by Kenny G and Boney James.
Recognized as one of the finest keyboardist/composers in the world,
the classically trained Matsui blends Jazz, R&B, funk and pop
with a passionate artistry that is unique and infused with emotion.
status as a world-class musician, Keiko currently lives a busy life
giving concerts all over the world. When she was five, Keiko's mother
- a teacher of traditional Japanese dance - took her daughter to
her first classical piano lesson. There is a saying in Japan that
if you take your children to their first lessons in the first June
after their fifth birthday, they will keep studying for a long time.
Needless to say, Keiko loved her first piano lesson.
years of private piano lessons from her first teacher, Keiko continued
her music studies with the Yamaha Music Foundation. A top student
in the Yamaha System, at age of seventeen, she was selected by the
Yamaha Music Foundation to become a recording artist. She also composed
her first major film score that year, subsequently starting a jazz
group called Cosmos and recording four albums.
her studies and graduated from Japan Woman's University (Nihon Joshidaigaku)
majoring in the children's culture.
On her first
released in the U.S., Keiko wrote a letter to the American audience
to introduce A Drop of Water:
name is Keiko. I am from Tokyo, Japan. I started to study piano
when I was five years old and began composing tunes when I was
in junior high.
then it has been my dream to make my own album. I thought about
it - how it should sound, how it should look, and so on, lots
of images. Far away dreams. And now this is my first album. I
know it is different from the one I dreamed about, but at the
same time I feel it is exactly the same one. I just feel it.
understand that it is impossible for a Japanese girl to imagine
that she could have a singer like Carl Anderson on her first (or
any) album, but after listening to the tune, A Drop of Water again
and again, I feel it was decided to be this way a long time ago.
I never told Jeff, the lyricist, what kind of story I wanted.
He just wrote the lyrics in two days and gave the tune a name.
That name became the title of my album. It felt like magic.
[my husband] told me that music sprang from the magic, prayer,
ritual and tears of ancient people. I studied western styles of
music. But Kazu's instrument carries different traditions. So
he thinks a little different musically. He really likes this album.
We listened to it again and again. It's a funny album.
I forget this is my album. I know it is not really my album. This
was given to me. Maybe that is why I want to listen to it again
and again. I hope someone will enjoy this album like I do and
feel like I feel. Then I will really be happy to have become a
is proud to announce that Keiko will be performing at the Asians
for Miracle Marrow Matches (A3M) annual charity dinner. A3M
has given hope to patients and families searching for the one miracle
marrow match that could save their lives since 1991.
Every nine minutes
someone dies from leukemia or lymphoma. Their only chance to live
is a bone marrow transplant. However, bone marrow is ethnic specific.
a Korean patient would likely find a match with a Korean donor,
and a Chinese patient witha Chinese donor. In the past twelve years,
only 370 Asians have received a life-saving transplant.
Asian patients have died because they could not find a conor. A3M's
mission is to build a diverse marrow donor registry so that every
patient has a chance for life.
A3M is one of
the few Pan Asian nonprofit organizations that give you the opportunity
to reach the vast and multicultural Asian Pacific communities.
to all the major Asian communities, registering over 80,000 donors
since 1991. A3M coordinated more than 461 drives across California
last year with bilingual recruiters in the Vietnamese, Pilipino,
Chinese, Korean, Japanese, South Asian, Thai, Cambodian and Laotian
Keiko for what is sure to be a wonderful night of music, food, and
Evening with Keiko Matsui
Dinner by Celebrity Chef Michael Kang
Dinner Seating @ 5pm, Concert @ 7pm
The Grove of Anaheim
2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806
Dinner & Concert: $62.50
Concert Only: $37.50
information to purchase tickets to this important event, or
to become a sponsor or make a contribution, contact:
Hata, ext. 164
Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches
231 E. Third Street, #G107
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Toll Free: 888-236-4673
Or purchase tickets from
The Grove Box Office at 714-712-2700