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Tak Matsumoto


Championed in his homeland as the most renowned guitarist in all of Asia, Tak Matsumoto is best known as songwriter, guitarist and producer of Japanese rock duo, B'z. Formed in 1988 by Tak and vocalist Koshi Inaba, B’z have released many albums and singles over the course of their career, continuing to top the charts, while holding the record of 46 consecutive #1 single debuts on Japan's Oricon Single Chart. B'z have sold over 80 million CDs in Japan alone, making them the best-selling artist in Japanese history.

Besides releasing a long line of #1 singles and albums in Japan, B'z are known for their dynamic live shows. In 2011, B’z completed a sold-out North American tour, ending with an unforgettable show with rock band Linkin Park to raise money for victims of the Japan tsunami and earthquake. They ended the year with a sold-out dome tour in Japan, including 3 nights at the famed Tokyo Dome with 600,000 fans in attendance.

Under the recommendation of Steve Vai, B'z were inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk in 2007 as the first Asian band. As a world-acclaimed six-string virtuoso, Tak joined legendary guitarists Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Ace Frehley and Slash, to become the fifth guitarist in the world to have his own Gibson signature Les Paul, the Tak Matsumoto Les Paul. In addition, Tak has his own original model, the Tak Matsumoto Double Cutaway, and has released 7 models so far.

Beginning his career as a session musician, Tak’s exposure to a myriad of musical styles molded his own unique blend, by incorporating elements of jazz, blues, classical, metal, rock and ska. He released the critically acclaimed instrumental albums, Hana and Dragon From The West, to rave reviews for their powerful flowing melodies and evocative imagery.

In 2010, Tak joined forces with jazz guitarist Larry Carlton and released the album Take Your Pick. Drawing upon their knowledge and different musical backgrounds, Tak and Larry blended their Eastern and Western guitar styles to create a truly magical and unique album. After a successful tour of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan, Take Your Pick won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards in February 2011.