Masanori Mark Christianson
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|Masanori Mark Christianson|
|Birth name||Masanori Shirota|
|Also known as||Masanori Mark Christianson|
January 18, 1976 |
|Occupation(s)||Creative Director, Musician, Songwriter, Visual Artist|
|Instruments||Bass Guitar, Drums, Glockenspiel, Guitar, Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Synthesizer, Tambourine, Violin, Vocals|
Easy Sound Recording Company
Hippies Are Dead Records
The Rebel Group
The Hawaii Show
The Heavenly States
The Lotus Eaters
Release The Sunbird
Masanori Mark Christianson (born Masanori Shirota, January 18, 1976 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese-Korean-American musician, creative director, and visual artist. He may be best known as a bass guitarist and multi-instrumentalist for the Oakland, California indie rock bands The Heavenly States, Rogue Wave, and Release The Sunbird.
-Spanning the years from grade school through high school, Masanori was a 5 time State of Minnesota Music Teacher's Association classical piano contest performance winner.
-Masanori played harmonica on a noise track for the song "Own Your Own Home" by the Oakland, California band Rogue Wave on their album "Asleep At Heaven's Gate" prior to joining.
-Masanori played with Dan Greenwood from the Minneapolis, Minnesota band Cloud Cult in both groups Masanori and The Lotus Eaters.
-Masanori, Lori Barbero from the Minneapolis, Minnesota band Babes in Toyland and Marcel Galang from the Minneapolis band The Hang Ups have an imaginary band named Rice Grinder in homage to Masanori's Japanese-Korean, Lori's Filipino and Marcel's Chinese-Filipino heritages.
-Masanori designed the logo for the Target World Challenge, an offseason PGA Tour event hosted annually by Tiger Woods at the Jack Nicklaus designed Sherwood Country Club golf course in Thousand Oaks, California.
-The billboard slogan "Third World Brunch, Sally Struther's Portions", written by Masanori for Minneapolis, Minnesota restaurant Chino Latino, was removed after Sally Struthers threatened a lawsuit deeming it slanderous and the controversy aired as an evening news piece on CBS affiliate WCCO-TV.