Keiko Matsui, a contemporary jazz icon for decades, is releasing her 30th recording, Euphoria, on March 31, 2023, which she describes as an album about the hope we carry inside us.
“I have this dream where we can each cherish our own happiness and learn to accept and care for one another. When I tour around the world and witness how my music cuts through our differences and connects everyone, it makes me feel euphoric!” exclaims the internationally acclaimed pianist, composer, and humanitarian.
The album features collaborations with old and new friends such as Lalah Hathaway, Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Kirk Whalum, Joel Ross, Grégoire Maret, and John Beasley. As you would expect from Keiko, the recording features rich harmonies and global rhythms and a mix of ballads and more uptempo compositions.
Euphoria is a heartfelt and epic statement, born from Keiko’s wish to increase harmony on the planet and make a positive impact for future generations. “I want to make a positive impact for children in this generation and the future. Through prayer and my music, I hope to be able to increase more harmony on this planet,” she explains.
“At the core of this album is beauty, strength, energy, love, and hope,” Keiko Matsui says. “These are all the things in life that we need to move forward on a new path. This music is dedicated to a new era.”