New York-based singer / songwriter Kiyomi recently taped an episode of “The Rhythms of New York” – the television series that examines the unique musical scene that helps make NYC the “Media Capital” of the world. The exact airdates will be announced on “The Rhythms of New York” website www.rhythmsofny.com. (The show can also be viewed in its entirety on the Rhythms website.)
“The Rhythms of New York”, the 2009 BETA Award recipient for Best Entertainment/Variety/Performing Arts program, showcases Artists and Bands ranging from beginners to highly seasoned professionals from a vast array of cultures. This diverse program is Produced and Hosted by respected music industry veteran, Dave Brodsky, and Co-Hosted by Victoria Pavlova. Dave doggedly scours the The Big Apple for artists and bands that help to make up its musical heritage and then showcase their performances on “The Rhythms of New York”. These performances are recorded live and combined with interviews of the artists. The interviews enable the viewer to are a part of being a musician in the fishbowl that is New York
Kiyomi is quickly establishing herself as an acclaimed songwriter, vocalist and pianist. Born into a musical family, she realized at a young age that music would play a huge role in her life. Singing, her main love, has always been a way for Kiyomi to express her innermost feelings. In high school, as she sang the soprano role in a Mozart piece, as she felt the audience responding, some with tears, she realized that this was her connection to the world. Kiyomi won the Best Musician’s Award in high school, and went on to NYU as a classical voice major, from which she later transferred out of. She also studied a lot of musical theater. During college, she realized that there was only so much she could deliver singing other people’s music, so she began writing her own songs. She was inspired by the the songs of Sarah Mclachlan, Norah Jones, Fiona Apple, and Eva Cassidy. Kiyomi’s tunes draw on these influences, and she crafts her tunes by reaching deep down inside and writing from what she has experienced in life, often straight out of one of the many journals she’s written. Books are a big part of who she is, as well, influencing her music. People, everything about what makes somebody human, she finds intriguing and sometimes inspiring. Kiyomi mainly likes to perform with natural and acoustic sounding instruments – no electronica. She loves to play around with vocal harmonies, adding plenty of them to her compositions. She has had the opportunity to perform all across the country, and in Japan and Korea. She has also performed for foreign ambassadors and congressmen at the United Nations. She has appeared on TV a few times during her touring on local news channels, while working as a voice/piano instructor on Go TV, and through Video City, where her music videos have been featured. She is a regular performer in the NY metropolitan area, delighting the crowds whenever and wherever she performs.
The current episode of “The Rhythms of New York” marks Kiyomi’s third appearance on the program. Her previous appearances resulted in an overwhelming positive response from viewers who wanted to see more of her. Dave was interviewed by “Songwriter’s Marketplace” and he mentioned that Kiyomi was one of his “favorite singer/songwriter/pianists”.
Kiyomi’s latest album is titled “Child In Me” – a 12-track chronology of her life in words and music. www.kiyomimusic.com