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Madoca

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2003 | SELF

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2003
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"I Feel You (Full Version) by Madoca"

"I Feel You" is a much needed breath of fresh air in a world of pandemics and political unrest. The title lets us know that Madoca understands how a light and breezy composition featuring her beautiful piano melodies and the jazzy guitar riffs of Prince Project could definitely rescue our spirits from endless days of bad news and negative outlooks. Thanks Madoca -- for giving us what we needed. It was right on time! - camdee9


"Madoca’s Amethyst"

Atlanta’s own Madoca has released her second CD entitled Amethyst. Madoca is a Japanese American Jazz Fusion keyboardist whose name is pronounced “Ma du ka.” She is an internationally acclaimed composer and performer from Japan who is able to create music that has great energy. This CD features ten original tracks, a standard from Rogers and Hart and a classic from Isaac Hayes. Since 2005 with her first CD “Mysterious Ways” Madoca has been building her reputation as one of Atlanta’s brightest musical gems. Performing as Madoca and Co. with collaborator and producer Prince Redd of “The Prince Project”, the two have teamed with some of Atlanta’s best musicians to create another exciting jazz CD.
Her music is composed like jazz conversations where complete ideas are explored by all voices adding their own contribution to the musical dialogue. This music showcases the talents of these musicians and the cohesion that they share. Many of Madoca’s musical influences can be heard including, Chick Corea (RTF), Joe Sample and Miles Davis. Amethyst is a multi-faceted CD with various songs that will appeal to listeners who enjoy “smooth jazz” while other songs incorporate elements of funk and rock for ears who appreciate “fusion.” The make-up of the band on this CD includes Madoca (p)(k), Prince Redd (b) (g), Funky Monky (d), Ken Faison (s), Joel Powell (b-acoustic), Billy Odums III (g) and guest appearances by others on vocals.
From the CD’s opening track, ”Obsession” we hear that this ensemble can play. Fans of WCLK’s morning radio jazz program will be familiar with the second track, my favorite, “Spiritual.” This song features the core quartet stretching out on a beautiful tune that features some very nice work on drums by Funky Monky. “Atlanta” features Prince Redd on guitar and Joel Powell on acoustic bass with Madoca on piano creating an exceptional resonance symbolic of our vibrant local jazz scene. Billy Odum’s wicked guitar and Sam Skelton’s scorching sax make “Funk It Up!” a funk/jazz jam session inspired by Miles Davis’ 1986 classic “Tutu.” The reggae infused “Amethyst Island” is a statement of Madoca’s creative ability to maintain an infectious energy in whatever she is playing. Her sensual play on “Water Stream” is captivating and her swinging play on “Fusion HWY” is a driving force.
This CD is a wonderful follow up effort to “Mysterious Ways” and marks the growth of Madoca’s musical repertoire. This is a CD that you will want to have in your library and share with friends. Madoca and Co. can be seen live playing around Atlanta so check the calendar for the next show
For more information about Madoca, you can visit www.madocamusic.com

NSP - "North Sea" Phil Roberts from Atlanta Jazz Info


"About Madoca"

This Atlanta-based keyboardist won several awards in her native Japan, and blends jazz, fusion and funk (think Chick Corea). She’s worked with Eric Marienthal and opened for Chris Botti, and tours as a duo with guitarist/singer (and former member of TC Jason S.O.S. Band sideman) The Prince Project. - Jim Reed - Connect Savannah Magazine


"Mysterious Ways CD Review"

Madoca has absolutely done a fantastic job with "Mysterious Ways". This High-energy disc covers the full range of sounds, while mostly jazz. Madoca expands her compositions by touching them with aspects of fusion, pop and funk to heart wrenching soul. Madoca blends both traditional instruments, as well as, electronic music with her world-class piano and organ. The results are very engaging compositions that are dynamic in creativity and musicianship. "Mysterious Ways"will carry you through a range of sensations and emotions, effortlessly. Seriously, Madoca is playing from the backbone and talking no prisoners with "Mysterious Ways". - Rachelle Bivins - Abyss Jazz Magazine


"Performance Review"

Madoca and Company are right up there with the hottest talent that RexTrax studios has ever worked with. Their new album is a must have for any true jazz enthusiast and for that matter, anyone who loves great music performed by astonishing talent. Also as a fan who has seen them perform live, I must say I'm extremely impressed with their show. Madoca and Company are cutting edge and sure to make an impact in the hearts of music lovers that appreciate a super high level of energy and talent. - Dusty Hale - Rex Trax Studios - Suwanee, GA


"Performance Review"

As most brides we dream of our wedding as little girls, teenagers and young ladies to be a perfect day. We dream of our prince charming, looking like a princess in our wedding gowns, the perfect venue. Once we get to the point of planning our special union day it becomes stressful and we want to know that this once in a lifetime dream comes true. Madoca & Company played a key role in my dream wedding day. I researched many musicians for my special day and found that Madoca had the sound, professionalism and dependability I wanted on my wedding day. If you are looking for great music, reliability and the best jazz music on your event I would recommend Madoca & Company.
- Stephanie & Philip Nelson on May 5th, 2007, - Wedding @ Emory Conference Center Atlanta, GA - Client


"Mysterious Ways CD Review"

Mysterious Ways offers the listener the best of both worlds; smooth, yet technically and musically sound. The mix of sounds, textures and mood altering material is refreshing and different from most piano based artists' offerings. Madoca's playing is impeccable, her musical support team, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Prince Redd and Melvin Miller on trumpet are appropriately complimentary. This is music that is here to stay.
- Ginger Dee - Atlanta jazz Info


"Performance Review"

Madoca and Prince have a beautiful sound and their music was so additive to our rehearsal dinner. They were wonderfully pleasant to work with and followed through on everything they promised. Our only dissappointment was that people toasting the bride and groom talked so long that our time to listen to Madoca and Prince was much less than we'd hoped, but that was certainly not their fault. We've also purchased Madoca's CDs and really love her talent. Again, they are beautiful talented people and we enjoyed them very much.
- Laurie J. - Wedding, Dothan, AL, 2008


"Performance Review"

We were so delighted with Madoca & Co last week! You made our company holiday party extra special with your choice of musical selections. We hope to make Madoca & Co. a holiday party tradition in the future. I, personally, am thrilled to have a copy of your CD, as well. Cynthia and I enjoyed working with you very much.
- Scottie O'Toole and Cynthia Winters - Huber Engineer Materials Company - Holiday Party at DoubleTree


"Performance Review"

Madoca and Prince MADE this party! My guests were thrilled and treated us to some of the most wonderful music -- better than I could have imagined! The song line up was great and these two gave us a fabulous performance! I would recommend them to anyone having a party big or small!
- Mary Wilson - Holiday Party, Buford, GA


"Performance Review"

Wow! What a great time Madoca and Prince provided for us at our wedding reception! Their professionalism, fun spirit, and pure talent combined to make a perfect evening. They were such a joy to work with and we were sad to see the evening end. Madoca's piano skills and Prince's beautiful voice proved to work together beautifully. Thank you for an amazing reception!
- Jennifer and Ryan McNally - Wedding at The Bleak House, Knoxville, TN


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Biography
 MADOCA™ - Keyboardist, Composer, Producer
MADOCA is a world-class keyboardist and composer. Her style is a fusion of Contemporary/ Classic Jazz, Soul, Funk, Salsa, Jazz Fusion providing musical sustenance for your mind and soul.
Madoca began studying Piano/Organ at the age of seven, played through her teenage years, and graduated from the Senzoku Music University in Kawasaki, Japan with a major in Composition & Piano. She’s got her scholarship program at the Nemu Music, where she studied jazz piano, theory, ensemble, composition. Her teaching exploits included an Education Partnership Program from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Madoca got her first taste of show business in 1993 when touring with Japanese national bands and also performing on NHK TV in Tokyo. She has performed with several American Bands which included some navy base and NCO clubs appearances. In 1994, Madoca moved to China where she performed on the world stage in Australia, France, United Kingdom, and United States of America with various Chinese major artists, including PolyGram recording artist Jacky Chueng and Sandy Lam. Her selection, "I Don't Cry Anymore" was the winner of a contest called Song Writer's Quest, a competition organized by the CASH.
Prior to moving to the U.S., she has performed sideman work for several Asian pop stars. "Music is my Life" Madoca says, and she expresses her music with passion, expression. In 1998, Kawahara worked with The Prince Project, they've traveled the world as a working unit.
In 2003, Madoca finally made the move to the U.S., where she settled in Atlanta, GA. She formed band called Madoca & Co. She performed the Joe Sample (RIP), Herbie Hancock, and the Ramsey Lewis Tribute Concerts. She has also opened for Chris Botti, Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliott, India Arie, Jean Carne and Pamela Williams, to name a select few. she has performed at the Michelob GOT JAZZ Concert etc. Her musical influences include the aforementioned Hancock, Lewis and Sample, as well as Chick Corea, the Jeff Lorber Fusion, Jimmy Smith, George Duke (RIP) and Eddie Palmieri, yet, her style is uniquely her own. She has also worked with Eric Marienthal, Paul Young and All 4 One and many more.

 

 

Her first single “Surrender,” caught fire across the country, was on the Billboard Smooth Jazz “Most Added” list in March 2018 and was on the Smooth Jazz Network Top 100 Chart for April and May, 2018. Madoca's second single "On the Beach (With You)" was on the Billboard Smooth Jazz “Most Added” list in August 2018 and was on the Smooth Jazz Network Top 100 Chart from August 2018 ~ December 2018. Madoca's third single “Illusions of Love,”– the title song from her album has produced by Bob Baldwin and it was on the Billboard Smooth Jazz and Groove Jazz Music “Most Added” charts on June 17, 2019 and it has been on the Smooth Jazz Network Top 100 Chart! Distributed by City Sketches Records (Via the Orchard / Sony Red Music digital platform).

Her current single "I Feel You", caught fire across the country again, it is on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Most Added list in October 2021 & the Smooth Jazz national charts.

Madoca Kawahara is the real deal and deserves your immediate attention.

Madoca became a Grammy voting member in April of 2018.

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