Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan, who is returning to the Chehalem Cultural Center after his crowd-pleasing performance last summer.
Hiroya began playing the five-string banjo at age thirteen and took up the guitar shortly thereafter. He arrived in the United States in 2000 upon receiving a scholarship from Berklee College of Music. In Boston, he joined other talented international musicians, including Columbian vocalist (and Latin Grammy nominee) Marta Gomez, to form the group "INTEROCEANICO" (inter-oceanic). Since then, Interoceanico has released three acclaimed records ("The Other Side of the World", "Confluencia" and "Where the River Shines") in addition to Hiroya's two solo albums ("Heartland" and "Places").
Hiroya's performance schedule averages over 100 shows per year and ranges from solo concerts at the Blue Note in New York City to appearances with his group on Japanese Television.