TOMO NAKAYAMA

NEW VIDEO: “Fallen Cedar”, shot on the Seattle Monorail by the good folks from Bumbershoot. The monorail kindly allowed us to take a private ride, and even started the car in time with the music! Plus, I got to sit in the same seat where Elvis sat in “It Happened At The World’s Fair”. I play at Bumbershoot on Saturday, August 30th.

Video Premiere: “Open Room: Tomo Nakayama Town Hall Artist Residency”

I’m very excited and happy to present this documentary short film made by the insanely talented E Ryan McMackin. Many thanks to everyone at Town Hall Seattle and Capitol Cider for this experience!

Album update: I’ve recorded 11 songs over the past 3 months at Town Hall, using their performance hall, Steinway piano, and my trusty portable recording rig. I’m now in the final stages of mixing with the help of my friend Yuuki Matthews of The Shins (Yuuki was also in a band called Seldom back in the day who were a huge influence on me when I first started writing songs, so this is a real dream come true!). It’s a very personal, intimate record, but we’re also using a lot of weird synthesizers and effects, sonic textures I’ve never explored before that nonetheless trigger very specific childhood memories in my brain. Kind of hard to explain, but I think you’ll see when you hear it. I’m still figuring out how/when it will be released, but I look forward to sharing it with you soon!

Infinite thanks to @town_hall_seattle. This residency has one of the best experiences of my life. Thanks to @ermcmackin and the Rainier Scholars for such a fun evening! (Regram from @fridaclements)

Infinite thanks to @town_hall_seattle. This residency has one of the best experiences of my life. Thanks to @ermcmackin and the Rainier Scholars for such a fun evening! (Regram from @fridaclements)

My last program as Artist in Residence at Town Hall! I’ll be performing new songs and showing a short documentary directed by Ryan McMackin showing how I used the building for recording. Hope to see you there.

My last program as Artist in Residence at Town Hall! I’ll be performing new songs and showing a short documentary directed by Ryan McMackin showing how I used the building for recording. Hope to see you there.

Rehearsing with @amyblaschke and @hairpeacebedpeace for tomorrow’s show at the Fremont Abbey!

Regram from @ermcmackin. Sneak peek at our documentary short premiering at Town Hall on 6/11!

Regram from @ermcmackin. Sneak peek at our documentary short premiering at Town Hall on 6/11!

Here’s the final program for my Town Hall Residency. I’ll be premiering new songs, as well as presenting a short documentary on how my new record was influenced by the sights and sounds of the building and its surrounding urban landscapes.

Here’s my cover of The Rolling Stones’ “I Am Waiting”, from “I Saved Latin! A Tribute To Wes Anderson” out now on American Laundromat Records. It features Jesse Sykes on vocals, and it was engineered and mixed by Chris Early.