01.01.2009

Kyodo News Article


FEATURE: 9-year-old Japanese guitar whiz dazzles U.S. crowds

by Akito Yoshikane

NEW YORK, Aug. 24 KYODO

(EDS: ACCOMPANIED BY ONE PHOTO, ALONG WITH PHOTO CAPTION, FROM KYODO PHOTO DATABASE TREASURE, NUMBERED2009082400214)
It is not every day that you see the frontman of a rock group flanked by band mates who are twice his height and age.
At a recent concert at the Highline Ballroom in New York City , lead singer Yuto Miyazawa is busy tuning his guitar. His drummer, Steve Grossman, taps his drumsticks for the next song, but Yuto turns and waves at him to stop, drawing a laugh from the audience and band mates who wait for him to get ready.
''The command he has at 9 years old is scary,'' said band member Randy McStine to the matinee crowd.
It is a summer vacation to remember for Yuto, the Guinness Book of World Record's youngest professional guitarist. The fourth grader has been performing in the United States and appearing on TV shows since gaining an online following for his rock videos. His rendition of Lynyrd Skynyrd's ''Freebird'' was viewed over 1.5 million times on YouTube and mentioned on message boards and blogs as he became the latest meme in an era of instant Internet celebrities.
The interest attracted the attention of U.S. media and promoters. Yuto has spent his summer learning about America by touring the country playing classic American rocks songs and sharing the stage with some of rock music's biggest legends.
''My friends are like, 'Oh really?' They think I'm just boasting,'' Yuto said in an interview with Kyodo News.
Steve Bernstein, president of Zenbu Media, discovered the young rocker in Japan at the Bau Haus, a popular live concert venue in Tokyo . It was Bernstein who suggested Yuto learn the oft-requested ''Freebird'' and uploaded the performance online.
''When I saw Yuto play so effortlessly at 8 years old and so smooth, I felt he had to be shared on a much bigger stage with the world,'' said Bernstein. ''I believe he will be one of the best guitarists in the world some day and the number one Asia rock star. He might already be that.''
Originally from Tokyo , Yuto started playing when he was 3 years old, taking after his father, Tsuneo, who also plays the guitar and is an avid rock fan. But Yuto, who has a penchant for guitar solos, quickly surpassed his father's talents.
''My dad doesn't play that much anymore,'' he said. ''He can't keep up with me. He has different interests now.''
Yuto cites his influences as Randy Rhoads, Eric Clapton and Metallica. He has already shared the stage with legendary guitarists like G.E. Smith and Les Paul, who passed away recently. But his favorite so far is Ozzy Osbourne, whom he met for the first time this year on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
''I was surprised. I didn't really talk to him much, but I asked him to come to Japan ,'' he said.
Nowadays he only practices guitar for less than an hour a day and takes half-hour lessons once a week. He polishes his singing by taking weekly English lessons, making it easier for him to converse with fans asking for his autograph and pictures.
Despite minimal preparation and sharing the stage with band mates who are much older, Yuto said he does not have any pre-performance jitters. He effortlessly performs Black Sabbath's ''Crazy Train,'' Jimi Hendrix's ''Purple Haze'' and of course, ''Freebird.'' He also debuted an original song with English lyrics titled ''Ikimashou'' (Let's Go), though currently he said there are no plans for an album.
For his encore, Yuto played ''The Star-Spangled Banner'' in a manner similar to Jimi Hendrix's famous performance at Woodstock in 1969.
For the rocker, who has an interest in history, his performance at a New York Mets game on Aug. 18 could not have been more fitting as he played the U.S. national anthem in front of the home crowd at Citi Field.
''I know a little about American history now,'' he said.
==Kyodo


宮澤佑門の略歴
【主な活動実績】

米国
○渡米3回(2008.5.4~10/2008.7.27~8.10/2009.5.1~10)
○最年少プロギタリストとしてギネス登録(2008.8.4)
○I-Tunesよりビデオクリップリリース「CRAZY TRAIN」(2009.4)発売
《ライブ》
○第7回JAMMY AWARDS(「マジソンスクエアガーデン」にて)に出演(2008.5.7)
 ビデオクリップの上映と挨拶
 プレゼンター
○JAMMY AWARDSのポストパーティー(「B.B.KING’S BLUES CLUB」にて)にGALACTICと出演(2008.5.7)
○JAMMY AWARDSのプレパーティー(「REBEL」にて)にMOONALICEと出演(2008.5.7)
○「IRIDIUM」にてLES PAULと共演(2008.5.5/2008.8.4)
○「RODEO BAR」に出演(2008.5.4/2008.5.8/2008.8.8)
○「ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL」に出演(2008.5.6)
○「CUTTING ROOM」 に出演(2008.7.29)
○「REBEL」に出演(2008.7.30)
○「THE BITTER END」に出演(2008.7.30)
○「GATHERING OF THE VIBES 2008」に出演(2008.8.1)・・・コネチカット州ブリッジポート(屋外、観客1万5千人)
○「B.B.KING’S BLUES CLUB」に出演(2008.8.7)
○「B.B.KING’S BLUES CLUB」にてTHE SILVER BEATS(六本木「キャバンクラブ」のレギュラーバンド)と出演(2008.8.8)
○BAMBOOZLE FESTIVAL(2009.5.2)
○MTV(ビデオクリップ)(2009.5.3)
○WEBSTER HALL(2009.5.3)
○LE POISSON ROUGE(2009.5.4)
○LEBOWSKI FESTA(THE WILTERNにて)(2009.5.7)
○HOUSE OF BLUES(アナハイム)(2009.5.8)
《雑誌》
○ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY(2008.5.16)
 「THE-8-YEAR-OLD GUITAR HERO」
○週間NY生活(2008.8.9号/2008.8.23号)
○METAL EDGE(2008.10)
○CHOPSTICKS(2008.10)

《テレビ》
米国
○Ellen DeGeneres Show
 ビデオクリップの放映
○テレビ番組「LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O‘BRIEN」(NBC)に出演(2008.7.30深夜)
○テレビ番組「Ellen DeGeneres Show」に出演(2009.5.11オンエア)
オジーオズボーンと共演
《インターネット》
○2008年8月29日メジャーリーグ(MLB)のHP(*)に出演
(*)http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article_entertainment.jsp?ymd=20080829&content_id=3385636&vkey=entertainment&fext=.jsp
○YAHOO「GOT TALENT」(http://video.yahoo.com/network/100063489?v=3465561)にて200万アクセス達成(2008年9月)/米国yahooの「Best videos of ‘08」に選ばれる(2008年12月31日)
○MTV(MTV IGGY)のサイトに出演(2009年6月1日)
http://www.mtviggy.com/japanese/music-yuto-miyazawa-intro
http://www.mtviggy.com/japanese/music-yuto-miyazawa-traffic-jam
http://www.mtviggy.com/japanese/music-yuto-miyazawa-highway-star
http://www.mtviggy.com/japanese/music-yuto-miyazawa-smokes-on-water

日本
《テレビ》
○TBSテレビさんまのスーパーからくりテレビ
 「からくり熱中少年物語」
2005.6.12/2005.8.28/2005.12.18/2006.1.22/2006.2.12/2006.5.7/2006.6.25
2006.7.16/2007.2.11/2007.3.25/2007.4.29/2007.12.2/2008.1.20/2008.3.23
2008.5.4/2008.7.6/2008.8.3/2008.9.28
○日本テレビ(制作:讀賣テレビ)ミヤネ屋 2009.6.1
《ラジオ》  
○2009年5月4日21:00~22:00オンエア
レインボータウンFM(79.2MHZ) 「ひこうき雲」に出演
《ライブ》
○BAUHAUS(六本木)
 2006.6.2/2006.6.17(HATAKE氏(G)と共演)/2006.7.7(山本恭司氏(G)と共演)/2006.7.15/2006.8.2/2006.8.19(鮫島秀樹氏(B)、菊池英二氏(D)、HATAKE氏(G)と共演)/2006.8.30/2006.9.19/2006.10.13/2006.10.27/2006.10.31/2006.12.8/2006.12.22/2006.12.25/2007.1.23/2007.2.23/2007.4.10(山本恭司氏(G)と共演)/2007.4.28(山本恭司氏(G)、鮫島秀樹氏(B)と共演)/2007.10.31/2007.12.25/2008.2.21/2008.4.8(山本恭司氏(G)と共演)/2008.8.28/2008.10.31/2008.12.25/2009.4.8(山本恭司氏(G)、鮫島秀樹氏(B)と共演)/2009.5.20/2009.6.27
○DOORS(初台)
 2007.10.26(野村義男氏(G)、エンリケ氏(B)、江口信夫氏(D)と共演)
○東京国際フォーラム
 2007.8.16(キッズフェスタへのゲスト出演)/2007.12.30(ラフォルジュルネへのゲスト出演)/2008.8.12(キッズフェスタへのゲスト出演)
○KABUTO(渋谷)
 2006.8.8(浅野孝巳氏(G)と共演)/2006.9.11/2006.10.10/2006.11.13/2006.12.5(浅野孝巳氏(G)と共演)
/2007.1.11/2007.2.5/2007.3.6/2007.4.5/2007.5.7/2007.6.4/2007.9.4/2007.10.16/2007.11.6/2008.1.10/2008.3.25/2008.2.4/2008.3.4/2008.4.7/2008.10.6/2008.11.25/2009.2.2/2009.2.27/2009.4.2
○SOKEHS ROCK(四谷)
 2006.11.5(藤井章司氏(D)と共演)、2006.12.1(堀尾和孝氏(G)と共演)、2007.4.6(堀尾和孝氏(G)と共演)/2007.5.4(堀尾和孝氏(G)と共演)/2007.5.8/2007.5.22/2007.6.12/2009.6.2
○風鈴(横浜関内)
 2006.11.12(前田富博氏(D)と共演/2007.5.3/2007.6.12(藤井章司氏(D)と共演)
○BLACK&BLUE(吉祥寺)
 2007.6.10/2007.8.18/2008.1.12/2009.2.22
○CLUB MISSION’S(高円寺)
 2007.9.9/2008.4.27
○JIROKICHI(高円寺)
 2007.12.2
○SOMEDAY(横浜二俣川)
 2008.3.30/2008.6.8/2009.2.1
○OUTBREAK(四谷)
 2008.7.20/2008.9.28/2009.1.24/2009.5.31
○サンクチュアリ(沼袋)
2008.10.19
○夢の日イベント「ハロードリーム」(FM東京ホール)
2008.11.1
○ルースターノースサイド(荻窪)
2008.12.14
○LIVE INN ROSA(池袋)
 2009.3.22/2009.6.20
《新聞・マスコミ》
○東京スポーツ(2009年4月22日号(4月21日発売))
 裏1面全面
 「ギネスも認めた!! 9歳ギター少年 宮澤佑門くん MTV出演決定」
⇒TBS「ひるオビ!」(2009年4月21日)などで新聞記事の紹介
《インターネット》
○インターネットTV(「ワールドネットTV」)で6月20日池袋ライブインロサのライブの模様がオンエア(2009年6月23日)
http://worldnet.tv/archive/loveasia_090620.html