Since moving from Japan to London, I have been working with "Topcats", "The Trojans", "Ska Cubano" and various other bands. I have travelled world wide playing at many festival and clubs. During this period I started to compose music. I realised that I knew so many great musicians and artists in London that I decided it would be great to collaborate with them on my project.
My business consultant Bibiana Crocitta asked me to perform at her seminar, she then introduced me to Colombian harpist Diego Laverde and we performed together. I was so excited to meet Diego because I had always dreamt of the harp in my compositions.
I was also introduced to another great performer through Gaz Mayall of "The Trojans", the legendary trombonist Rico Rodriguez. I asked "Rico...what’s your favourite tune to sing?" and he replied "Wonderful world".
Rico and "The Trojans" toured in Japan with "The Skatalites" in October 2008. It was Club Ska’s 20th anniversary party. I had a great time in my country with my friends and family.
Rico told me that I have a good vibe and feel and he would like to play music with me and I felt the same way about him.
I asked Rico if he would like to be involved with my project. He said "Yahman!"