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KoMaGa Trio Releases Debut CD Foxing Hour!
(Published: November 23, 2020)

San Francisco CA November 19th, 2020.

The KoMaGa Trio, the first 2 letters of each members last name, Motoshi Kosako harp, Michael Manring fretless bass and Christopher Garcia tabla, percussion have released their debut CD Foxing Hour!

An 8 tune collection of original compositions by the trio's founder Motoshi Kosako Foxing Hour is "allowing full improvisation and spontaneous interplay between the musicians like running water through rocks, wind through trees" says Motoshi!

Motoshi Kosako was born in Matsuyama City, Japan. He started his musical training on the piano and also the guitar. In Tokyo he played the acoustic and electric guitar in professional Jazz bands and the Swing Journal magazine described him as "one of the most remarkable young Jazz musicians."

In 1997, Motoshi moved to the United States and soon after he started playing the harp. He is primarily self- taught with a few lessons to learn fundamental harp technique.
Both Michael Manring and Christopher Garcia are quite familiar to US and international music lovers!

As well Christopher Garcia a native of East Los Angeles, Christopher is a critically acclaimed performer, improviser, composer, and educator who has made a career with over 1200 performances in 28 countries on 5 continents, either on Western drumset, percussion of North and South India, percussion of indigenous Mexico, Meso America or his own unique percussion configuration called EL MONSTRO which contains instruments from all of the above all within arms reach.

Building on the conceptions of his teacher, the late bass legend Jaco Pastorius, Michael Manring has developed a new approach to the instrument that includes unorthodox tunings, techniques and methodologies. He has honed his skills on hundreds of recordings as a session musician and thousands of concerts throughout the world.

Due to conflicting schedules the 3 musicians weren't able to get together until a southern California performance in 2016. After a series of west coast performances KoMaGa Trio was ready to record what is now Foxing Hour!

Regarding the writing in relation to the harp Motoshi explains "the compositions reveal a unique beauty of the harp in wide range of musical styles. This album is a historic milestone of the development of harp music".

Perhaps it's Motoshi's jazz guitar and piano background that lends to his very jazz sound throughout the CD as on track 1, Naked Wonder. With Christopher Garcia's soulfully intriguing tabla playing and Michael Manring's round looping fretless bass that's certain to make this a jazz radio and beyond favorite!

Next up track 2, is the title track Foxing Hour. Here the subtle intensities are incredible! With all the quiet nuances one might think they are listening to a quintet as opposed to the KaMaGa Trio!

With track 3 there is immediate communication established between all 3 musicians perhaps that's why it's titled Idle Talk! Such a melodic bass soloing sparkling accents from Motoshi and the world of percussion is on display from Christopher Garcia! A musical marvel!

Motoshi may have his native land of Japan in mind when writing Distant Land. His playing here has the sparsity and tenderness of the winds blowing through a cherry blossom tree. All 3 musicians take parts in the musical festival!

Walking Into Open Land, track 5 displays each musicians at their musical heights, open, lots of room for each to individually solo as one very cohesive unit!

Whether it's the haunting flow of Barking at the Moon, the festive and flowing of Alcyon or the bouncing seemingly Argentina fun of the final track Bailaora it's all Foxing Hour, it's all the KaMaGa Trio!

More Information: https://komagatrio.com/home

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