Goh Nakamura celebrates the release of his second album, Ulysses, at Cafe Du Nord with Scrabbel and Michelle Amador.
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About Goh Nakamura
Goh Nakamura is a San Francisco Bay Area based musician who writes ditties about parking tickets, impossible crushes and faraway dreamlands. With one foot in the traditional troubadour world and another in the digital age, he performs at venues small, large, and virtual, to an enthusiastic and ever growing audience. A fortuitous 2007 feature on YouTube's front page brought his music videos over a million views and earned him a huge new fanbase from all over the world.
Goh's talents have also found a home in the film industry. Goh's vocals and guitar work are featured prominently on the scores to Ridley Scott films A Good Year and, most recently, American Gangster. His song "Daylight Savings" is included on the soundtrack to the Robert Benton film Feast of Love, starring Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear.
Scrabbel was formed in 1999 by two old high school friends Dan Lee and Becky Barron. On the strength of their debut show in 2000 at a sold out event for the San Francisco Intl’ Asian American Film Festival, they were approached by a label to record a record. They released their first full length in 2001 on Kittridge Records. The music was full of imagination and incorporated unconvential instruments such as a Speak n Spell. The self titled CD was rated 4 out of 5 stars in the All Music Guide and the SF Weekly’s review called it “a Sgt. Pepper’s for the twee set”.
Current lineup is Dan Lee(gtr, vox, keys, bass, clarinet), Atsushi Murase(bass, gtr, keys), Hellen Jo(cello, keys, shakers), Stanley Lam(gtr, bg vox, bass, shakers), Aya Nakamura(vox, bells, melodica), Chris Cline(drums), and other guests from time to time.
Drawing influence from prolific songwriters Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Jill Scott, Bjork, and Portishead, singer/songwriter/composer Michelle
Amador has created more than 100 works to date. Beginning piano study at age 6, she wrote her first song at age 12 and by age 21 had already written a full-length musical along with music for USC productions of Buchner's Woyzeck and Sophocles' Antigone. She studied jazz piano/arranging from her father, Peruvian pianist/composer Augusto A. Amador and jazz pianist/arranger Don Haas (Stan Getz Orchestra). She studied jazz solo voice from Downbeat award-winning educator Roger Letson.
In 2004, Amador was selected as one of 60 out of 2,000 applicants worldwide to participate in the Red Bull Music Academy: Rome (a two week electronic music symposium). In 2005, Amador served as Creator/Artistic Director of Jazz Beyond sponsored by Adobe Systems as part of the SJ Jazz Festival, an annual free festival attended by 150,000 people each year. In 2006, she debuted as a solo performer accompanying herself with Rhodes and sampler at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In 2006/2007, Amador recorded with UK producer Zed Bias and separately with German electronic group Karma to produce electronic/pop single releases featured on Gilles Peterson’s Weekly World 60, PopMatters, and DJ playlists worldwide. As a composer, Michelle also collaborates across artistic mediums with her recent work, Phonological, premiering at the Laumiere Sculpture Garden in St. Louis, MO through May 2008. On April 18, 2008, Amador released HIGHER (produced by Zed Bias) in Japan to be followed by a UK release.
Added by manja on July 23, 2008