Video: Watch NYC’s Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir perform at Japan Parade 2023. Then look at a photo gallery of the May 13, 2023 set below!
– We previously filmed the Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir performing at a press preview event for Japan Parade 2023.
– The Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir is led by Choir Organizer, Kimiko Matsuo and Music Director, Minister Melody Moore.
About Choir Organizer : sis. Kimiko Matsuo
“Kimiko Matsuo is a popular coordinator for Japanese Media, Music labels, and Tourism as a bridge between NY and Japan.
In Japan, she worked in one of the largest Entertainment companies as a media director. Managing and promoting ads in magazines and newspapers, as well as television, and conducting interviews.
In 2002, Kimiko moved to Harlem, NY. She continues to introduce Harlem topics to Japan. Kimiko edits books, writes columns, coordinates Japanese magazines & TV programs, and introduces & invites US artists to Japan. Developing & training young talents, Kimiko is featured by the media in Japan and The US.
Giving back to her beloved Harlem Community, Kimiko has been doing clothing donation. Collecting from the Japanese community and giving to churches, public schools and shelters on a regular basis.
In 2014, Kimiko received the “Women of Excellence” award from Black community in the U.S.
Born and raised in Japan, she graduated and earned a B.A. in Economics form a Christian university. Serving in the Music Ministry as a member of her home church in Harlem.
While singing gospel every week, as a representative of the Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir (HJGC), she holds a gospel workshop every week at the church and gives regular concerts.
In 2014, Kimiko held America’s largest entertainment “Super Bowl” NY. She was the first Japanese person to be appointed as a board member (officer) of NFL’s “Super Bowl Gospel Celebration”.
Kimiko also visited Japan in May 2014 for a workshop and concert with the Grammy-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers.”
– You can get in contact with Kimiko Matsuo at her official website, Kimiko Harlem.
About Music Director, Minister Melody Moore
“A native of Harlem, Minister Melody Moore is noted for her musical gifts and talents. She is an accomplished Gospel Musician, Vocalist and Instructor and Choir Director for over 30 years.
(Melody is a Minister of Music and the Arts to the New Testament Baptist Church in NYC)
For more than 10 years, she served as the Musical Director for Japanese gospel choir,
also providing instructional gospel music workshops in Japan. She’s known for her energetic teaching techniques, creative directing methods and unique teaching approach to the Gospel Music.
Furthermore, she aspires to continue to let her God given name, “Melody”, be an inspiration and life testament to share the Gospel in word and song to the world.”
– Learn more at the official website for the “Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir”.
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