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Big in Japan

Sara Custer January 12th, 2011

Issei Aoyama’s original jazz pieces will be performed at Sunday’s free concert.


Jazz guitarist Issei Aoyama will pick, pluck and strum in a free concert 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Studio, 200 S. Jones in Norman.

He will be accompanied by Cory Gavito on piano, Michael Geib on double bass and Justin Walke on drums. The quartet will play original pieces by Aoyama, as well as jazz standards, all in a contemporary style.

“We have been playing together for years. They are very talented musicians. And they are good people. Those are the most important things for me,” Aoyama said.

Originally from Japan, Aoyama moved to Canada when he was 16 and then to America a year later. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 2003 and currently works as a senior graphic designer at Oklahoma City University.

According to Aoyama, he is inspired by other guitarists, like Peter Bernstein, Kurt Rosenwinkel and George Van Eps. He has played at venues all over Oklahoma solo, in combos or with larger groups.

This is the third performance in the Jazz Concert Series that has been brought back by the PAS after a break last year. Admission is free, but voluntary donations are accepted and encouraged. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call 307-9320 or visit

—Sara Custer

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