Aki Tanaka is the 2010 winner of the Winfield International Fingerstyle guitar championship, outplaying 39 other guitarists to claim his title. He started playing at the age of 13 and was fascinated by American rock guitarists like Van Halen and Steve Vai. But several years later, a Japanese acoustic guitarist, Kotaro Oshio (reviewed here previously in 2010) caught his attention. Aki was intrigued by Oshio’s ability to play drum, bass, and lead parts simultaneously on the acoustic guitar and decided it was a style he wanted to learn. He’s never looked back, playing as a solo performer ever since. I think you’ll like him.
My favorite things; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFPBT7iV6rQ&feature=related
Etude of the Sun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK9rkACMV6Q&feature=related
Beatles medley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6hJn02bkrQ&feature=related
Change the world: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb7ODADncfs&feature=related
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCAivdviawo&feature=related
Amazing Grace: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb7ODADncfs&feature=related
I’m pairing Aki with a 2007 Antinori Chianti Classico Peppoli made from 90% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot, and 5% Syrah. Deep red with aromas of red fruit and a touch of vanilla, its taste is full of raspberries, cassis, and chocolate. Its well-balanced and elegant with a fruity finish. Very nice, especially when you’re listening to the music of Aki Tanaka. Enjoy!