Born in Kyoto, Japan, acoustic guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto received a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in 2000 and made a home in New York City in 2004. In his live performances, the singer-songwriter mixes original works with Japanese folk songs and has embraced the phrase “Cinematic Guitar Poetry,” words a North Carolina concert organizer used to describe his music when he was struggling to come up with ones of his own. On his way out west, as part of a nationwide tour, Tsukamoto plays a solo show in the upstairs lounge of Isis Music Hall — his third performance at the venue in as many years — on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. $15. isisasheville.com. Photo by Gary Alter
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