BIOGRAPHY - Spark7

Spark7

Spark7 is the seven-string guitarist ISAO’s solo project. This time he's created the ultimate album with Philip Bynoe (Bass), famous for playing with Steve Vai, the super drummer Thomas Lang (Drums) and Kiyomi Otaka (Organ) from Cassiopeia 3rd. Every track on their new album showcases Spark7's international-minded sound.

MEMBERS

ISAO

ISAO(Guitar)

In 2000, ISAO formed his own instrumental band, bright-NOA, debuting at BGM Japan. Meanwhile, he also worked energetically on his solo project "Spark7" releasing their 1st album “A Stride” and 2nd album “Gravity Core” with Mike Mangini (Drums) from Dream Theater, Philip Bynoe (Bass) famous for playing with Steve Vai, whom ISAO met during his 4-year long residence in Los Angels.

During his solo project with Spark7, ISAO performed live shows with his good friend Thomas Lang (Drums) and Kiyomi Otaka (Organ) from Cassiopeia 3rd. Most recently, ISAO has formed a new trio band "Trimurti" with Toshimi Nagai (Bass) and Kozo Suganuma (Drums). Their debut album, self titled “Trimurti”, will be released in September 2014.

Kiyomi Otaka

Kiyomi Otaka(Organ)

Kiyomi Otaka started playing the organ when she was 6 years old. With her distinct and unconventional style composition and performance, Kiyomi released a trio album “Out of Sight” with Dave Weckl (Drums) and Gray Willis (Bass) in December 2001, “Paragraph” with Masayuki Muraishi in 2002, and “Frames” with Tsugutoshi Goto and Hideo Yamaki in 2004. She also released five leader albums and an organ gradus video “You can! Jazz & Rock Organ”.

In 2006, Kiyomi formed the band "assure" with Kozo Suganuma (Drums). Their progressive sound added excitement and freshness to the Japanese music scenes. They released their first Live DVD a year later. Kiyomi has abundant experience performing with foreign artists such as Thomas Lang (Drums), Mike Mangini (Drums) and Allen Hinds (Guitar). She also played at the prominent jazz club, The Baked Potato, in Los Angeles.

Kiyomi’s music credits include providing music tracks for musicians, TV appearances, demo song compositions, studio work and song-writing. She's an organ instructor at Thoth Music Academy, responsible for projects such as “Organ Ladies Live ~華 hana~” and “Organ Festa”. She was in charged of the writer of “Otaka Kiyomi’s Organ Style” in Keyboard Magazine from 2004 to 2008. Most recently, Kiyomi has revived her music activity as one the members of CASIOPEA 3rd, and her scores “Gakufu” and “KIYOmi CHANnel” is on sale on digifort.

Philip Bynoe

Philip Bynoe(Bass)

Three-time Grammy nominee and Emmy Award-winning bassist Philip Bynoe is a prolific recording and touring musician. Though best known for his work with virtuoso guitarist Steve Vai, Philip has played everything from heavy metal to R&B to classical, and has worked with the likes of Kevin Eubanks and “The Tonight Show Band,” Dorian Holley (of Michael Jackson), Slash (of “Velvet Revolver”), Charlie Farren, and “Ring of Fire” with Tony MacAlpine.

Music has been the focus of Philip’s life since early childhood. His father played string bass in an orchestra and his mother played cello. They wanted all of their five children to learn a musical instrument. So, at age six, Philip began to study cello. Later, he studied guitar. But it wasn’t until he picked up his father’s electric bass in sixth grade that he found his “voice.” Soon after, he joined a band called “The Soul Explosions.” All throughout middle and high school, he played in every band he could. After high school, Philip attended The Berklee College of Music in Boston. He studied with Wit Brown and practiced for hours every night. Then he joined a cover band called “Flash” and began playing six nights a week in a local night club.

He changed bands several times in the ensuing years. Eventually, Nuno Bettencourt of “Extreme” introduced Philip to Mike Mangini. Soon, he and Mangini were playing together in the "Rick Berlin Band." They entered and won a rhythm section competition in Massachusetts. And it was Mangini who later got Philip an audition with Steve Vai.

All those years of discipline and steady playing paid off and Philip landed the gig. He recorded and did many world tours with Vai. Philip received three Grammy Award nominations for his work. In 2005, he received an Emmy Award for his work on the soundtrack for a remake of Reefer Madness.

Philip continues recording, touring and playing out. His versatility keeps him in high demand with an eclectic range of artists. He also teaches bass and ensemble work at the L.A. Music Academy in Pasadena.

As a labor of love, Philip is currently recording and releasing children’s albums with two groups, “PB & Deb” and “Jambo”. And he’s writing and producing many different kinds of music with various artists.

Thomas Lang

Thomas Lang(Drums)

Thomas Lang was born in Austria on August 5, 1967. He has been drumming every since he was 5 years old. Lang was schooled at the Vienna Conservatory of Music, where he learnt many different styles of drumming.

He is known for many achievements like playing in over 250 albums, creating a number of successful instructional videos, and creating a line of drum hardware, practice pads and cymbals. Thomas Lang is great with both traditional and standard grip, maximizing speed and control.

He is also a master feet control drummer. His view on life is to “Play the Unplayed”, constantly striving to play rhythms and tempos that have never been played before.

NEW RELEASE INFORMATION

Spark 7

Spark 7

New Album 「Spark7」

  1. Tri-Stars
  2. Cricket Chorus
  3. Gain the Day
  4. Cold Feet
  5. Pudding Busters
  6. Acorn Spin
  7. Zombies in a Dream
  8. The Dancing Witch