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Naia Izumi|A Residency in the Los Angeles Area

A Residency in the Los Angeles Area

Naia Izumi

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Look out, we've got a phenomenon on our hands! Naia Izumi is a young artist with a talent for pluralistic grooves; a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist who draws inspiration from the history of soul music as well as rock and jazz fusion. Diagnosed with autism at the age of 16, this Georgia native, now living in California, quickly focused his attention on culture, reading dozens of books and learning several instruments, the guitar first and foremost. Naia Izumi won the Tiny Desk Contest organised by NPR in 2018, attracting the attention of many different labels wanting to sign up this endearing and unique character. From the bass to the drums, the mandolin and even the koto (the plucked string instrument used in traditional Japanese music), Naia Izumi could do it all.

Izumi's unique sound is very obviously influenced by Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill and Musiq Soulchild, but also by legends of progressive music such as King Crimson and, above all, jazz guitarist John McLaughlin, the mastermind behind Shakti and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. His powerful signature sound of elegant chordal constructions and arpeggiated melodies is entwined with his delicate, soulful voice. Naia Izumi’s main weapon of choice is his Fender Jazzmaster ’64, on which he favours a tapping technique over strumming or plucking. However, all of this stylistic and instrumental complexity never prevents his music from remaining organic and sensual. Everything flows perfectly on A Residency in the Los Angeles Area; deep and graceful. Here’s a tender, healing groove to soothe the wounds of the world. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
Honesty
00:03:19

Sam Phillips, Bass - Tony Berg, Producer - Larry Goldings, Organ - Autumn Rowe, Composer, Vocal - Tony Gillis, Mastering Engineer - Abe Rounds, Drums, Percussion - Joseph Lorge, Recording Engineer - Sam Gendel, Saxophone - Will Maclellan, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Naia Izumi, Composer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment

2
Natural Disaster
00:03:48

Tony Berg, Producer - Autumn Rowe, Vocal - Ethan Gruska, Bass - Tony Gillis, Mastering Engineer - Abe Rounds, Drums - Joseph Lorge, Recording Engineer - Will Maclellan, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Naia Izumi, Composer, Other, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment

3
Six Inch Stilettos
00:03:32

Sam Phillips, Bass - Tony Berg, Producer - Larry Goldings, Synthesizer - Autumn Rowe, Vocal - Tony Gillis, Mastering Engineer - Joseph Lorge, Recording Engineer - Joel Clarke, Drums - Will Maclellan, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Naia Izumi, Composer, Guitar, Percussion, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment

4
Voodoo
00:03:21

Tony Berg, Producer - Tony Gillis, Mastering Engineer - Gabe Noel, Bass - Abe Rounds, Drums, Percussion - Joseph Lorge, Recording Engineer - Will Maclellan, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Naia Izumi, Composer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment

5
Water
00:04:03

Sam Phillips, Bass - Tony Berg, Producer - Autumn Rowe, Composer, Vocal - Ethan Gruska, Piano, Synthesizer - Tony Gillis, Mastering Engineer - Joseph Lorge, Recording Engineer - Joel Clarke, Drums, Percussion - Will Maclellan, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Naia Izumi, Composer, Other, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mason Stoops, Slide Guitar

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment

6
What Happened To Love?
00:03:54

Tony Berg, Producer, Other - Larry Goldings, Organ - Autumn Rowe, Composer, Vocal - Tony Gillis, Mastering Engineer - Gabe Noel, Bass, Other - Joseph Lorge, Recording Engineer - Summer Swee-Singh, Celeste - Joel Clarke, Drums - Will Maclellan, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Naia Izumi, Composer, Guitar, Keyboards, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment

7
Good At Being Lonely
00:04:03

Tony Berg, Producer - Autumn Rowe, Composer, Vocal - Tony Gillis, Mastering Engineer - Joseph Lorge, Recording Engineer - Summer Swee-Singh, Piano - Joel Clarke, Drums - Will Maclellan, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Naia Izumi, Composer, Guitar, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment

8
Sad Song
00:03:26

Tony Berg, Producer - Larry Goldings, Organ - Autumn Rowe, Composer, Vocal - Tony Gillis, Mastering Engineer - Abe Rounds, Drums, Percussion - Joseph Lorge, Recording Engineer - Sam Gendel, Saxophone - Will Maclellan, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Naia Izumi, Composer, Other, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment

9
As It Comes
00:04:34

Tony Berg, Producer - Autumn Rowe, Vocal - Tony Gillis, Mastering Engineer - Abe Rounds, Drums, Percussion - Joseph Lorge, Recording Engineer - Will Maclellan, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Naia Izumi, Composer, Guitar, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment

10
Be Still
00:02:54

Tony Berg, Producer - Larry Goldings, Keyboards - Autumn Rowe, Composer, Vocal - Tony Gillis, Mastering Engineer - Gabe Noel, Bass - Joseph Lorge, Recording Engineer - Will Maclellan, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Naia Izumi, Composer, Drums, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Mason Stoops, Slide Guitar

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment

11
Personal Heaven
00:03:05

Sam Phillips, Bass - Tony Berg, Producer - Autumn Rowe, Composer, Vocal - Tony Gillis, Mastering Engineer - Joseph Lorge, Recording Engineer - Joel Clarke, Drums - Will Maclellan, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Naia Izumi, Composer, Other, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment

12
Hand In Hand
00:03:14

Tony Berg, Producer - Autumn Rowe, Composer, Vocal - Tony Gillis, Mastering Engineer - Joseph Lorge, Recording Engineer - Will Maclellan, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Naia Izumi, Composer, Other, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Maddy Baltor, Vocal

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment

13
Soft Spoken (Sound City Version)
00:04:34

Tony Berg, Producer - Autumn Rowe, Vocal - Ethan Gruska, Other - Abe Rounds, Drums - Joseph Lorge, Engineer - Summer Swee-Singh, Keyboards - Will Maclellan, Engineer - Naia Izumi, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Other, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Look out, we've got a phenomenon on our hands! Naia Izumi is a young artist with a talent for pluralistic grooves; a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist who draws inspiration from the history of soul music as well as rock and jazz fusion. Diagnosed with autism at the age of 16, this Georgia native, now living in California, quickly focused his attention on culture, reading dozens of books and learning several instruments, the guitar first and foremost. Naia Izumi won the Tiny Desk Contest organised by NPR in 2018, attracting the attention of many different labels wanting to sign up this endearing and unique character. From the bass to the drums, the mandolin and even the koto (the plucked string instrument used in traditional Japanese music), Naia Izumi could do it all.

Izumi's unique sound is very obviously influenced by Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill and Musiq Soulchild, but also by legends of progressive music such as King Crimson and, above all, jazz guitarist John McLaughlin, the mastermind behind Shakti and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. His powerful signature sound of elegant chordal constructions and arpeggiated melodies is entwined with his delicate, soulful voice. Naia Izumi’s main weapon of choice is his Fender Jazzmaster ’64, on which he favours a tapping technique over strumming or plucking. However, all of this stylistic and instrumental complexity never prevents his music from remaining organic and sensual. Everything flows perfectly on A Residency in the Los Angeles Area; deep and graceful. Here’s a tender, healing groove to soothe the wounds of the world. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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