Masako Maria-Clara Yasutake
President of Masmary Ltd
Organizer of Love Projects
Languages: Japanese and English
Recipient of “IIBC AWARD OF EXCELLENCE” in 2017
Born and grew up in Tokyo, Japan.
Graduated from Heidelberg University (Ohio, U.S.A).
Majoring in piano performance, she won the William Henry Gibson Concerto Competition at Heidelberg University.
Masako has diverse experiences through her activities in the music field.
Starting out as an interpreter for a renowned Japanese rock artist, Yoshihiro Kai for his solo tour in 1987, she was given opportunities to be an interpreter and coordinator for his mixing projects in New York, which led her to work for other Japanese artists of EMI, JVC Kenwood Victor Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, etc., for their New York recordings. She also wrote the first guidebook focused on New York Rock and Roll scene, “Rockin’ Guide of New York” published by Shinko Music in 1989.
When back in Japan after almost 10 years in the States, a new door was open.
She was brought to serve for another influential Japanese artist, Motoharu Sano as a manager from 1993 to 1996. She also assisted him as interpreter and translator for his overseas projects such as mixing project in London, shooting commercial films, covering the Beat Generation for his own magazine “This” etc.
Three years of experiences there brought her another opportunity to planning and coordinating books by artists.
Around that time, she encountered rhythm tap that triggered her interests because of its musicality. She was fortunate enough to be given a chance by a manager of Live bistro called November Eleventh 1111 owned by Ryudo Uzaki and Yoko Aki, a prestigious couple of musician and producer/lyricist in the music industry to produce rhythm tap lives there and started to produce tap lives in other places. That was in 1998.
In 2003, she held a tap event called Tam Tam Tap ( Tap As Music) Vol.1~Vol.4.
In 2004, she founded Masmary Ltd. (pronounced Maasa(from Masako)-merry(from Mary, her Christian name).
From 2004 to 2009 she managed a photographer whom she met through her previous work.
In 2006, she started to coordinate and produce music lives at November Eleventh 1111 covering the variety of music and dance such as violin, instrumental guitar music, guitar & vocal, percussion, ukulele, native American flute, steel pan, hula, harmonica, universal space music with poems and so on so forth.
In 2011, she produced charity events Vol.1 ~Vol.5 for the Great East Japan Earthquake.
It is her mission to spread LOVE through the action of MUSIC after all these years of her work.
She continues to plan live shows believing music and dance bring joy and love to people.
Besides activities the above, she serves as organist, server and lay reader at church, and also on the board of trustees in town council where she was born, grew up and resides working for her hometown to make it a better place.
Being a Christian, her basic belief is “Love your Neighbors as Yourself .”