Kento Masuda at the 57th Grammy Awards Ceremony 2015.
|Birth name||Masuda Kento|
|Also known as||KENT, Kent Masuda|
|Born||June 29, 1973|
|Origin||Katori, Chiba Prefecture, Japan|
|Genres||Instrumental, piano, new-age, classical, pop, electronica|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, Pianist, musician, songwriter, record producer, fashion model|
|Instruments||Piano, MIDI master keyboard, Logic Pro, Pro Tools|
|Labels||JPMC Records, Kent on Music, Inc. (ASCAP)|
Kento Masuda began playing keyboards at the age of 5. While preferring to compose his own music instead of playing standard repertoires, Masuda took part in a variety of contests for talented young musicians. By the age of 10, he began winning competitions including the Junior Original Competition of Yamaha Music Foundation.
Early music career
From 1990 on, Masuda began conducting professional public performances as YAMAHA's employed musician at age of 17, while playing classical and modern compositions for events, ceremony halls and Yamaha shop on 5th Ave in New York. Just a year later Masuda released his original first album "Wheel of Fortune". Between 1993 and 1995, Masuda lived in New York where he worked in the area of music production. His success at such a young age set the foundation for a lifetime of performances, composing, and music production.
During this time, Masuda worked on several musical projects and jobs, including radio, game, and TV/CM music offerings in Tokyo. These were written (both music and lyrics), arranged, and performed on keyboards by Masuda. Masuda also produced his original solo album entitled "MYOJYOW" (a non-standard transliteration of 明星 (myōjō), the Japanese word for "Morning Star" or Venus) on June 19, 1998. Since then he has used the alias "Kent Masuda". "MYOJYOW" was audio mastered by Bobby Hata. On October 26, 1999, Masuda released "MEMORIES". Both albums were submitted in the U.S. which resulted in Masuda receiving positive feedback from major companies, including Steve Vai's management office of Sepetys Entertainment Group in Santa Monica. CEO Ruta Sepetys (who is also a music producer) suggested that Masuda join forces with recording artist Steve Vai, but Masuda chose to remain a solo artist.
In 2000, Masuda established his own publishing company and label, Kent on Music, Inc. (ASCAP) as well as producing and recording studio "Externalnet" in Tokyo. The 6th album "HANDS" released on August 26, 2003, was mixed with a producer Tadashi Namba and mastered by Bobby Hata in Los Angeles CA. Masuda used the alias "KENT" on the 1st edition of this album. The album was promoted to MIDEM in Cannes, France. It then entered the European music market, particularly among German audiences, which led to Masuda's interview with Klassik Radio Hamburg. Additionally, program sponsor Galerie ATTA's owner Ruth Atta along with artist Delphine Charat (who painted Masuda's portrait, showed the connection of music to painting to masterpiece.
In 2005, Masuda signed with JPMC Records, a Swiss label based in New York and became a member of the ASCAP. Since then, he has used no alias and only uses his real name of "Kento Masuda". His 7th album, "GlobeSounds," was released on June 13, 2006 and mixed with Grammy-nominated producer Charles Eller and Lane Gibson. "GlobeSounds" was mastered by Bobby Hata. According to Eller, "Kento is an artist as well as an incredible craftsman at writing highly imaginative music that defies categorization in a good way. The music has extremely lush textures that work by defining intricate themes that evolve throughout each spellbinding composition." During the recording of "GlobeSounds", Hon. Ambassador Madeleine M. Kunin visited at Eller's music studio in Charlotte, VT.
In 2007, Masuda's music has enjoyed continued growth from Myspace and Last.FM along with recent airplay on radio stations internationally. His catalog of compositions and recordings has been featured on MTV, NME Magazine, and BBC Music. In 2009, Masuda created several music videos: "So We Are" "Shine On" a documentary film "Down to Earth" which describe his album “GlobeSounds” and "Musical Notation and Concrete Poetry" (featuring the author Diana Macs and the Portuguese poet, Luís Adriano Carlos.
Masuda's 8th album "Light Speed+" was released on September 11, 2010. With a strong emphasis and weight on composition, Masuda also showcased his unique style with a full-length synthesis album. After that, Masuda received honorable mention in the "International Songwriting Competition", with "Tree" (from the album "GlobeSounds") in the instrumental category. This was followed by achieving an honorable mention in 2012 in the same category.
In 2011, Masuda composed music for renowned designer Yohji Yamamoto's Femme Autumn Winter 2011–2012 Paris Fashion Week fashion show which featured his compositions "Hands" and "Little Tokyo Poetry". They continued to collaborate on Masuda's creative short music film "Godsend Rondo" directed by Tomo Oya in Hokkaido. In this film Masuda dressed in Yamamoto's Ready-to-wear collection. The film "Godsend Rondo" has already been viewed worldwide by over 100,000 on YouTube.
On September 26, 2012, Masuda's first piano solo album and piano book "All in the Silence" was released, followed by two live performances "Force in the Silence" and "Force in the Silence 2" at Musicasa Acoustic Concert Hall in Tokyo, Japan. His performances featured classic pieces that highlighted his career thus far, with themes that touch upon the many feelings of life along with those unspoken but shared thoughts that transcend all borders.
On April 16, 2014, Kento Masuda released his 10th album "Loved One," which was produced by Masuda and multiple award-winning Miami producer Gary Vandy. "Loved One" was recorded at Gary Vandy's Studio Center in Miami, which has produced recordings that have won 8 Grammy awards along with multiple platinum albums. "Loved One" features musicians Paul Messina (Flashpoint) and Kevin Marcus Sylvester (Black Violin) and utilizes the HQCD process for superior sound quality. According to Vandy, "Kento Masuda is one of this world's artistic treasures. His music is at once sonically spiritual and visually expressive. You can literally see his music. The blend of smooth melodies and rhythmic grooves transports the listener to an environment that allows them to participate in his sculpture of sound."
On November 14, 2014, Masuda, along with Japanese singer/songwriter Hiroko Tsuji, Italian harpist Fabius Constable (Celtic Harp Orchestra), soprano Donatella Bortone, and Lebanese and Arab lutist Ghazi Makhoul, performed in the dynamic and multi-cultural concert "5 ELEMENTS LIVE" at CASA DEI DIRITTI in Milan, Italy. This unique evening of music connected the sounds and voices of the east and west, while producers and collaborators Masuda and Constable shared their vision that music is both absolute and life affirming. On December 6, 2014, Masuda performed at the "Associazione dei Cavalieri di San Silvestro" celebration of Monumentalis Ecclesiae Sancti Silvestri Societas in Tivoli, Italy. 
On February 8, 2015, Kento Masuda attended the prestigious 57th GRAMMY Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles. Kento had four official submissions for this year's GRAMMY consideration from his latest album, "Loved One", produced by Kento and Gary Vandy. 2015 continued to be a landmark year for Kento, as he was nominated to the Hollywood Music in Media Awards for his 2002 composition "Tree," a classic piece in Kento's repertoire. He also received global recognition of the Global Music Awards and was honored as a winner with a silver medal for "Addicted" (featuring Paul Messina) from his latest release "Loved One" (2014).
Style and influence
Masuda's composing style is characterized by intricate keyboard lines with obvious melodies, deep percussion grooves, and layers of rhythm and sound that draw the listener into a whole new world with each note. From his interview, Masuda says that he was influenced by both Johann Sebastian Bach; "His music theory has a major impact on everything, even today". And Alan Menken; "The music of Disney films has so much magic in himself and always promises a happy ending".
Honors and awards
- 2014 Title "Knight" and "Maestro". Honored by Monsignor Luigi Casolini, awarded to the Knights of the Order of St. Sylvester.
- 2016 Title "Knight". Honored by Don. Basilio Cali, awarded to the Order of Knights of Malta.
- 2016 Title "Knight Commander". Honored by H.R. & I.H. Grand Prince Jorge Rurikovich, awarded to the Order of Rurik dynasty.
- 2017 Title "Knight Commander" and "Baron". Honored by Michele Maria Biallo, awarded to the Noble Order of Saint George of Rougemont (Confrèrie de Rougemont).
|1st||Godsend Rondo||November 11, 2011|
|1st||All in the Silence (2012)||September 26, 2012|
|2016||Free Yourself||Hiroko Tsuji (musician)||Executive produce|
Awards and nominations
|2010||International Songwriting Competition||"Tree"||Instrumental||Won|
|2012||International Songwriting Competition||"Externalnet"||Instrumental||Nominated|
|2013||International Songwriting Competition||"Tree"||Instrumental||Nominated|
|2014||International Songwriting Competition||"Oath Path"||Instrumental||Won|
|2015||Hollywood Music in Media Awards||"Tree"||World||Nominated|
|2015||Global Music Awards||"Addicted"||Composition||Won|
|2016||American Songwriting Awards||"Oath Path"||Instrumental||Nominated|
|2016||Hollywood Music in Media Awards||"Addicted"||Jazz||Nominated|
|2017||Accolade Global Film Competition||"Godsend Rondo"||Arts / Cultural / Performance / Plays||Won|
|2017||Best Shorts Competition||"Godsend Rondo"||Arts / Cultural / Performance / Plays||Won|
|2017||Los Angeles Film Awards||"Godsend Rondo"||Music Video||Won|
|2017||Festigious International Film Festival||"Godsend Rondo"||Music Video||Won|
|2017||Top Shorts Film Festival||"Godsend Rondo"||Music Video||Won|
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