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Caribbean artist brings jazz to Cotonoha

Date Posted: 2010-05-28

Tony Guppy has toured Europe, Asia, North and South America and the neighboring Caribbean islands, and now has his sights set on an Okinawa concert Sunday, June 6th, at Cotonoha Artspace & Café in Ginowan City.

The Trinidad & Tobago artist has introduced a fresh and passionate sound on the steelpan, the steel drum, combining elements of world music, fusion and Caribbean rhythms with a touch of jazz influence. “Don’t think too much, just play” is Tony Guppy’s motto as he travels. Self-taught musician who’s picked up much of his musical mastery by working and performing with Trinidad’s masters, as well as Calypso legend Aldwyn Roberts. He’s found himself in love with the steelpan while working with Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe, Rudy Smith, and Earl Rodney.

Guppy’s now a resident of Japan, performing and touring the nation with a variety of musicians. He’ll be performing at Cotonoha with Miyuki Tanaka on piano, Satoshi Sunagawa on bass and Dylan Savage handling the drums. Cotonoha doors open at 7 p.m. Sunday the 6th, with the concert starting at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are ¥2,000. Tickets at the door are ¥2,500. Cotonoha reminds patrons drinks and food are not included in the concert admission price. Tickets are available at Cotonoha, Okinawa Market store at Park Avenue, Print-21 concession in Foster Services Mall and Mail Center in Kadena BX 1st floor.

Cotonoha is a stylish café and gallery located on route 330 in Ginowan City, 2.3 kilometers south of Futenma Shrine. Free parking is available behind the gallery. It’s open 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Sunday. Additional information is available on the Cotonoha website.

Entertainment and exhibits rotate monthly at Cotonoha, and range from paintings, ceramics and photography to specialty music concerts such as Tony Guppy. Cotonoha’s interior incorporates elements of both tropical and modern Asian design, centered around comfortable teak furniture, subtle lighting and carefully placed plants. The Cotonoha Artspace & Café offers dinners based on French and Italian cuisines.

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