Yukiko - Wedding Singer | New York City, New York(3 Reviews)
Based In: New York City, New York
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Yukiko specializes in 100+ American all time favorites from Standards, songs from the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, R&B, Country, Latin, Broadway show tunes, and Inspirational tunes. The list of her repertoire as well as her videos and photos can be viewed at her website (https://yukikosings.simdif.com).
Her versatility and creativity includes signature performances such as Edith Piaf's Hymne à l'amour (If You Love Me, Really Love Me / 愛の讃歌), and Tom Jones' Love Me Tonight which is arranged in an unusual Samba. Uptempo tunes such as Moondance, Sway, and Unchain My heart (to name a few) ... are loved by her fans. To satisfy Latin music fans, Yukiko's repertoire includes Spanish and Latin Jazz songs, and she has arranged many Standard American songs in a Latin style.
Yukiko's strengths as a vocalist are demonstrated by her rhythmic articulation and creative phrasing. This is an attribute passed down from the legendary vocalist, the late Anne Marie Moss, who sang for many big bands including the Count Basie Orchestra. Yukiko's wide vocal range compliments her unique song styling and arrangements. Yukiko strives to remain versatile and spiritual, in order to reach people from all walks of life. Yukiko's fans enjoy her special gifts that touch their hearts.
A new website with more videos with lively performances, audio samples, and CDs is under construction. You can find Yukiko's YouTube channel by searching "yukiko takemoto youtube". With Yukiko's exciting, loving and inspirational live performance, your next event will sure to be unforgettable. Hire Yukiko for your upcoming events. You will be happy you did.
The following sets are carefully programed to greatly satisfy the audience's heart with love and excitement.
1. Sway, Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man, Lullaby of Birdland, Someone to Watch Over Me, Garden in the Rain, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, You Belong To Me, The Shadow of Your Smile, At Last, Besame Mucho.
2. Fly Me to the Moon, I Got Rhythm, You Made Me Love You, Feeling Good, Blue Bossa, Nearness of You, Can't Take My Eyes off of You, Lamp is Low, If You Love Me Really Love Me, Moon Dance.
3. All of Me, Let It Be Me, Save The Last Dance For Me, You'd Be So Nice to Come Home ... To, Unchain My Heart, The Power Of Love, Just The Way You Are, Unchained Melody, Love Me Tonight.
You can create and request your own favorite set from Yukiko's repertoire found on her website (https://yukikosings.simdif.com).
Born to perform, Yukiko's natural dancing and singing began in Japan when she was five years old. With the hope to heal her sickened grandmother, Yukiko secretly opened her mother's cosmetic drawer, put on her lipstick and her kimono, (of course, the kimono was very long) and danced and sang for her grandmother in bed. At the age of ten, she told her mother that she was going to America someday.
As young adult she grew up falling in love with American music and the dance forms from the West. She studied ballet, modern, jazz, tap dance and choreography. After teaching in college and communit ... ies as a Jazz dance instructor for a few years, she left Japan with her final fundraising performance of her own dance company. In support of UNICEF, Yukiko choreographed 13 dance pieces.
In New York, Yukiko first devoted herself in training as a singer and dancer. As a dancer, she studied Ballet with Peff Modelski and Liane Plane, Jazz dance with Luigi and Patricia Lockery, Tap dance with Germaine Salsberg and Lesley Lockery. As a singer, Yukiko studied with Dee Martin for song interpretation, Anne Marie Moss for song styling and Jazz, and Mary Ellen Callahan for breath technique. Yukiko deeply appreciates the training she received at the beginning of her life in America from New York Speech Improvement Services and the book "The Use and Training of The Human Voice" by Arthur Lessac, both of which have helped her achieve freedom in speaking and singing.
Her repertoire as a vocalist includes over 100 songs of American all time favorites from Standards, songs from the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, Inspirational songs, Christmas Carols, Broadway show tunes, Spanish and Japanese songs. Yukiko's one woman sold-out cabaret show at Don't Tell Mama in New York was reviewed in the popular Japanese press and she was described as the first Japanese cabaret performer whose talent for creative programming, energetic performance and gifted communication reach both American and Japanese audiences.
Yukiko co-hosted renowned Zinc Bar's Thursday Open Mic where she gained popularity as vocalist and host. Many followers eagerly await her very own Open Mic and for that purpose, Yukiko always seeks a venue available in Manhattan. She places her value in Open Mic where people from all walks of life come together in music. Yukiko is the creator of the website, OpenMicJam (under reconstruction) where singers and musicians from other states and countries can easily find the places to perform and network in New York.
Yukiko is the daughter of a master Reiki practitioner in a traditional Japanese family. In 2016 she launched her YouTube channel dedicated to Japan and sings for the people of Japan from her living room in New York City.
In the spirit of giving, Yukiko began teaching Japanese with inspirational messages on Facebook (Learn Japanese NYC) in 2017. As of February 2020 her messages attract over 6,500 followers across the globe.
While preserving the memories of the 2011 Tohoku calamity, Yukiko strives to promote creativity and healing through her performing arts career, messages of love, hopes, and inspiration.
Yukiko's ultimate goal is to cross back over the bridge from America to Japan bringing like-minded performers in the grand forms of music and dance performing arts. By bringing love in the form of powerful creative expression Yukiko aims to foster healing and growth in her home country Japan and her adopted home America.
Reviews (3 Reviews)
* Lead dancer/singer in the fundraising theater production by Morgan ballet. (2017)
* Youtube channel since 2016.
* Guest Vocalist for The Phil Caggiano show, Don Carter band, and Les Kurtz trio, NYC. (2015)
* Created first website for Open Mic lovers. (2016)
* Co-host for Open Mic Night at renowned NYC venue, Zinc Bar. (2015)
* Lead singer and actress, Mae East in Christine Chang film, Be Good My Children. (1992)
* Assistant vocalist for International Jazz Workshop at Manhattan School of Music, taught by Anne Marie Moss. (1990)
* Sold-out one woman cabaret show at renowned venue in NY ... C, Don't Tell Mama. (1989 & 1990)
* Choreographed 13 dance pieces for a fundraising dance concert for UNICEF. (1986)
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