Yukiko Tsutsui is a multi-talented singer/songwriter from Akita, Japan, and the influence of her Japanese roots is what sets her apart. Her compositions are beautifully arranged and are influenced by many styles, ranging from jazz to classical and world music, with emphasis on traditional Japanese folk music. Yukiko’s voice can maneuver over any melody, with a rich lower range and bright, clear upper register.
After she worked as a wedding singer with some a cappella groups in Tokyo for 3 years, deciding to hone in on her musical knowledge, Yukiko moved to Nelson, British Columbia, to attend and complete the Contemporary Music and Technology program at Selkirk College.
Yukiko operated her national award-winning radio show, Japanese Musiquest, on the Kootenay Coop Radio in Nelson, BC. The show syndicated on following stations across Canada; CiTR 101.9 FM in Vancouver BC, CJUC 92.5 FM in Whitehorse YT, CJSF 90.1 FM in Burnaby BC and CILU 102.7FM in Thunder Bay ON. From September 2007 to February 2012, Japanese Musiquest exposed its listeners to Japanese culture, as Yukiko played music native to Japan and discussed topics and issues that are prevalent in Japan. In June 2010, the show won the first prize “Outstanding Achievement” in the Music Program category at the annual radio awards given by the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA).
In June 2010, she coordinated the Japanese Folk Song Umewaka-kai Western Canada tour, receiving one of the most competitive funding from The Japan Foundation Arts and Cultural Exchange program. They toured five cities in BC and Alberta and had a big success.
In February 2013, her original song “Kokyo” has been selected for semi-final in the World category for the 2012 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). They received over 20,000 entries from 119 countries worldwide. Also in Febrary 2014, the collaborated song “Taiyo no Kuni(The Eastern End)” with Dafusia has been selected for semi-final in the World category for the 2013 ISC.
Yukiko’s curiosity for music is expanding, especially for her roots music. After she moved back in Japan in October 2010, she stayed in Amami Oshima, southern island of Japan for learning their traditional music, Shimauta.
Yukiko’s accomplishments are only the beginning of what is going to be a long and heartfelt career in music, and her diverse and beautiful compositions will continue to move all that are fortunate enough to hear them.