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MSU Denver Welcomes International Japanese Jazz Sensation Ai Kuwabara Trio Project for their US Debut

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: October 29, 2013

WHAT: Japanese sensation Ai Kuwabara Trio Project will perform at Metropolitan State University of Denver during their first American tour, sponsored by the Japan Foundation, the Consulate-General of Japan in Denver, MSU Denver’s Department of Music and the Golda Meir Center.  The group recently performed at the Tokyo Jazz Festival and sought this opportunity to showcase Japan’s thriving contemporary jazz scene. The tour consists of stops at the University of California, Berkeley, the Los Angeles Theatre Center, the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and MSU Denver. Receiving rave reviews internationally, this is the first time American audiences will get the opportunity to hear Kuwabara's eclectic blend of music, as well as her intense live performance.

 WHY: MSU Denver partnered with the Consulate-General of Japan in Denver and the Japan Foundation to sponsor this free event in celebration of International Education Week. Music at MSU Denver's Visiting Artist Series brings in a diverse array of locally and internationally-acclaimed artists every concert season. Ranging in styles from classical to jazz to everything in between, the Visiting Artist Series provides students and the community at large a chance to connect with world-class musicians.


WHERE: November 18, 2013, King Center Concert Hall

(855 Lawrence Way, Denver, CO 80204)

7:30-9 p.m.

WHO: The Ai Kuwabara Trio Project includes Yusuke Morita on bass and Shintaro Imamura on drums. Ai Kuwabara has received praise for her eclectic jazz style, which features progressive rock, funk and pop elements, and intense live performances. At only 22 years old, she self-produced and composed her recent album From Here to There in May 2012. She later added bonus tracks and debuted it nationally the following November through Ewe Records. Her second album, The Sixth Sense, released in April 2013, reached Number 1 on the Tower Records Jazz Chart (Japan.)


About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The University currently has more than 22,000 students and offers 55 majors and master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts more than 75,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.


About the Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership

The Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership, operated by the political science department at Metropolitan State University of Denver, is housed in the only known U.S. residence of Golda Meir, on what is now the Auraria Campus. The center is a nonpartisan educational project whose purpose is to expand public understanding of the important role of leadership at all levels of political and civic life, from community affairs to transnational relations. As a woman from a poor family who was twice an immigrant to new lands, Golda Meir reminds us that the potential for leadership knows no class, ethnic, gender, religious, racial, age or geographical boundaries. Leadership can emerge from the most unlikely places.