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Keiko Matsui Donates Royalties From New Song

Pianist Keiko Matsui has long used her music as a way to help people in need. Her past efforts include musical benefits for the National Marrow Donor Program and AIDS research. Matsui’s new album, Wildflower, released this week on Narada, continues in that vein. Royalties made from the album’s title track will be donated to the United Nations World Food Program (UN-WFP) and its African programs. The royalties will be generated by television and radio play and record sales, as well as other licensed uses of the song-for instance, “Wildflower” is currently being played on many airlines’ in-flight music schedules.

Matsui will launch a world tour in March dedicated to UN-WFP. A number of confirmed tour dates are listed below, though some of these dates are missing venue information. Check the pianist’s Web site,, for further updates.

Tour dates:

Mar 11-14 • Oakland, CA • Yoshi’s

Mar 27 • Washington, DC • Kennedy Center

Mar 28 • Austin, TX • One World Theatre

Apr 15 • El Cajon, CA • Sycuan Casino

May 2 • Jacksonville, FL • Metropolitan Park

May 22 • Tokyo, Japan • Metropolitan Theatre

June 19 • Cerritos, CA • Cerritos Center

Jul 10 • South Africa

Aug 20 • Riga, Latvia • Congress Hall

Aug 21 • Vilnius , Lithuania • Congress Hall

Aug 22 • Warsaw, Poland

Aug 26 • Kiev, Ukraine • Palace of Ukraine

Aug 28 • Oyster Bay, NY

Sep 17 • South Africa, Johanesburg • Jazz Festival

Sep 19 • South Africa, Johanesburg • Gala Event

Sep 20 • South Africa, Cape Town

Oct 3 • Seoul, Korea

Nov 13 • Shizuoka, Japan

Nov 14 • Osaka, Japan

Nov 15 • Kouchi, Japan

Nov 16 • Fukuoka, Japan

Nov 17 • Hiroshima, Japan

Nov 22 • Nagoya, Japan

Nov 25 • Yokohama, Japan

Nov 26 • Tokyo Japan

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