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Four Rivers Cultural Center to host renowned singer, composer

ONTARIO – If local residents are looking for a night of great music, then Four Rivers Cultural Center is the place to be Saturday.

Hiryoa Tsukamoto, composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter, Hiroya Tsukamoto will appear in concert at 7 p.m.

Tsukamoto will furnish a first-class performance, said Matt Stringer, cultural center executive director.

“He is extremely proficient with guitar,” said Stringer. “He has very distinct music, a very distinct soundscape he makes.”

Tsukamoto, said Stringer, learned to play music on a five-string banjo at 13.

“A banjo is played much differently than a guitar. But he didn’t have any access to banjo music. So he wasn’t emulating country pickers. He was figuring out how to compose music based on the sound that came from the banjo,” said Stinger.

Stringer said local residents should come and hear the Kyoto, Japan, native’s music for a simple reason.

“He makes beautiful music and is a virtuoso musician,” said Stringer.

Tsukamoto has released two albums.

“He is in demand. He is a really dynamic performer,” said Stringer.

Tickets for the performance are $7 and can be purchased online

Reporter Pat Caldwell: [email protected] 541 473-3377.