Hiroyo Watanabe is a singer, keyboardist, and composer from Tokyo, Japan.
Her most recent project is called HTC – Hiroyo Trio with Chune, a band influenced by Latin music, jazz, and traditional sounds. After seeing their live show, an audience member declared:
“I felt a shift from uncertainty to clarity when HTC was playing music on the stage, and their emotional, dazzling energy healed me.”
Performing music in Japanese, English, and Spanish, Hiroyo regularly collaborates with musicians across a variety of genres, including Latin percussionists, ethnic instrumentalists, and has even been known to incorporate comedians into her act.
In 1986, Hiroyo began developing her unique style, singing while playing piano with her band “Kyoryu Live”, and made her debut under the record label Spiral in 1988. She then worked with Ichiko Hashimoto (Yellow Magic Orchestra’s live support pianist), joined Akira Sakata’s Da-Da-Da Orchestra, and played with several Japanese punk bands, such as Papaya Paranoia and Sunsetkids.
In 2005, Hiroyo performed at the grand finale of the World Expo in Nagoya.
Her 2009 album “Duas Jóias” (released under the name “Hiroyo Unit”), 2012 album Lovers & Truth, and 2018 double-single Cherry Blossoms were digitally distributed by Plaza Mayor Company Ltd.
Outside of performing arts Hiroyo is a vocal and sound coach, and was also a contributor to the “Complete MIDI Programming Book”, published by Ritto Music, in which she presented her ideas on sound design.