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The Blue Sage Family Matinee Series will present Hiroya Tsukamoto at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Tsukamoto is a composer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan, who credits Earl Scruggs for learning to play the five-string banjo when he was 13 years old. Shortly thereafter, he picked up playing guitar.

After graduating as a scholarship student from Boston's Berklee College of Music, Hiroya moved to New York City to continue a focus on jazz and expand into composing music in different styles. His compositions have been described as "Cinematic Guitar Poetry," aptly because he has written most of his music from the road. Hiroya has performed internationally, including several appearances at The Blue Note in New York City and on Japanese National Television. In 2018, Tsukamoto was awarded second prize at the International Finger Style Guitar Championship.

The artist will also hold a workshop for guitar students prior to the concert. Students will learn various techniques of acoustic guitar, including fingerstyle guitar, various chords, and basic music theory. Registration is required.

Hiroya will also help guitarists develop skills that can be used in their daily practice. We will incorporate good practice strategies to improve the elements of tone, rhythm and harmony. Improving your practice habits will improve your musicianship regardless of the style of music you play.

General admission tickets are $10 and on sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at the Blue Sage Gallery, 226 Grand Avenue in Paonia, by calling (970) 527-7243, or online at bluesage.org. Inquire about free student tickets.

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization providing education and expression in the arts and humanities in order to engage and enrich the North Fork community. Founded in 1996, the Blue Sage serves about 10,000 residents of the North Fork Valley annually through classes, events, gallery exhibits, venue rentals and arts outreach into local schools.