MATRIXSYNTH: Sequential Artist Spotlight Interview with TAKAHIRO IZUMIKAWA

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Sequential Artist Spotlight Interview with TAKAHIRO IZUMIKAWA

You can find the interview on Sequential's website here.

"Takahiro Izumikawa is a highly sought-after pianist, keyboardist, arranger, and producer born and raised in Japan. His style has its roots in jazz but incorporates hip-hop, R&B, gospel, and traditional Japanese melodies. He released his first piano solo album in 2014, which was sponsored by Kawai Musical Instruments. He moved to New York City later that year to further his music career. Since then, he has worked with well-known hip hop artists such as Smif&Wessun, Kool Keith, Black Moon, and Smoke DZA. He has also worked with Grammy Award winning musicians Maurice Brown (trumpet player for Anderson .Paak), Jermaine Holmes (vocalist for D’Angelo), Daru Jones (drummer), Mononeon (bassist), Marcus Machado (guitarist), and Timothy Bloom (vocalist).

In 2016, he performed with Takuya Kuroda, a notable trumpet player who debuted through Blue Note Records at the Blue Note Jazz Festival, which was headlined by Earth Wind and Fire, George Benson, and Marcus Miller. In 2017, he arranged all the tracks on “Hard Times,” an album by alto saxophonist and jazz giant Vincent Herring.

Takahiro’s latest album Life is Your Thoughts was released from major label Ropeadope in the United States on April 10th, 2020.

We chatted with Takahiro on how he uses the Prophet-6 in his music"
You can find previous posts featuring Sequential's Spotlight series here.

Update: moved this up as I initially missed the link to the interview. Apologies for that!  Thanks to popman in the comments for catching it.


  1. Link to sequential website missing in the post :


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