大阪府出身 1985年生まれ。幼少期から絵画に慣れ親しむ。12歳の時にギターをはじめ、学生時代はバンド活動に明け暮れる。20歳頃より自己の音楽スタイルを模索、インドへの単身旅行で現地文化に衝撃を受け、ルーツとなる日本音楽への探求を開始する。Berklee Summer Sessionsに参加、アウトスタンディングミュージシャン賞受賞。2007年バークリー音楽院にてDavid Fiuczynski氏に師事。2010年、デビューアルバム “ KARMA UNDER THE SUN ”リリース。同年、UKIYO BANDを立ち上げ、日本伝統音楽のプロ音楽家達とコラボを続ける。2016年、日欧米トップクラスのアーティスト等を招きセカンドアルバム ” Ukiyoi “リリース。後にUKIYO ORCHESTRA を発足し2020年”n.u.e”リリース。
” タナカは素晴らしい進化を遂げたギタリスト、そして作曲家だ ” – デヴィッド・フュージンスキー
Guitarist, Composer, Producer, Music Educator
Kaoru Tanaka was born in Osaka, Japan in 1985. He loved painting when he was childhood. He started playing the guitar at the age of 12 and played gigs in local actively in school days. In 2006, at the short trip to the India he was impacted by cultures in India. This became the milestone to his life to create own music with Japanese roots. Then he went to boston to attend Berklee Summer Sessions and won Outstanding musicianship and scholarship. In 2007, he entered to the Berklee College of Music in Boston and studied guitar and composition with David Fiuczynski. In 2010, 1st album “KARMA UNDER THE SUN”was released.
Kaoru started UKIYO Project which blends contemporary jazz music with japanese traditional elements. UKIYO Project has been collaborated with many professional japanese traditional musicians to find new musical horizon. In 2016, kaoru’s second album “Ukiyoi” was released. It was recorded in Japan,London and Belgium with some of the finest musicians in todays jazz fusion and traditional music scene. This album was mixed and mastered by the legendary LA fusion keyboardist, engineer and producer Scott Kinsey.
As next stage in 2019, UKIYO project became UKIYO ORCHESTRA to be more powerful,creative music group. The 5 piece eastern-western instrumentalists(Fue-japanese flute-,Taiko-japanese drums-,Guirtar,Bass and Drums) band was born. After great success of crowd funding, UKIYO ORCHESTRA produced their first album “n.u.e”.