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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 7/22 – Hiroya Tsukamoto / Jo Corso
July 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after.
In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He formed his own group in Boston “INTEROCEANICO (inter-oceanic)” which consists of unique musicians from different continents including Latin Grammy Colombian singer Marta Gomez. The group released three acclaimed records (“The Other Side of the World”, “Confluencia” and “Where the River Shines”). Hiroya has released three solo albums (“Solo”, “Heartland” and “Places”).
Hiroya has been leading concerts internationally including several appearances at Blue Note(NYC), United Nations and Japanese National Television(NHK). In 2018, Hiroya won 2nd place in International Finger Style Guitar Championship.
Jo Corso is a Central New York native who moved to Nashville back in 2016. Since then, he has been all over the city working with indie rock bands, music venues, and even building guitars for Gibson. With over 15 years of guitar-playing experience, Jo honed his skills and landed a full-time position adjusting and setting up guitars for Gibson.
Before the pandemic hit, Jo was touring the country playing for indie rock bands from Texas to Maine. When not on tour, he frequented open mic nights in Nashville, drawing inspiration from the fingerstyle legends such as Jon Gomm, Andy McKee, and John Butler.
Jo has a passion for his craft and instrument, but he’s not just focused on his own music. He has played for pride events in both Tennessee and New York, and has been a part of fundraisers for organizations such as the Trevor Project. Jo is dedicated to not only playing and crafting instruments, but also giving back to his community through his music.