Where East and West Blend in World Fusion

About Us

Embark on a sensational journey with Waves of Harmony, an avant-garde musical ensemble that flawlessly marries the grace and mystique of traditional Japanese music with an eclectic spectrum of world folk music. This momentous venture unites the supreme virtuosities of an ensemble of phenomenal musicians, who, together, weave symphonies that are as evocative as they are melodious.

Waves of Harmony is a pioneering amalgamation of soul-stirring talent and innovation. The ensemble prides itself on bringing together a diverse and skillful array of musicians who breathe life into an exquisite symphony of harmonious collaborations. Our journey is about delving into the depths of cultural legacies, exploring diverse soundscapes, and reimagining the possibilities that arise when the East and West converge.

About Us

Embark on a sensational journey with Waves of Harmony, an avant-garde musical ensemble that flawlessly marries the grace and mystique of traditional Japanese music with an eclectic spectrum of world folk music. This momentous venture unites the supreme virtuosities of an ensemble of phenomenal musicians, who, together, weave symphonies that are as evocative as they are melodious.

Waves of Harmony is a pioneering amalgamation of soul-stirring talent and innovation. The ensemble prides itself on bringing together a diverse and skillful array of musicians who breathe life into an exquisite symphony of harmonious collaborations. Our journey is about delving into the depths of cultural legacies, exploring diverse soundscapes, and reimagining the possibilities that arise when the East and West converge.

Our Music

Picture a symposium of the crème de la crème of global musicianship; each individual carefully chosen for their fiery passion, inimitable talent, and mastery in their artistic fields. Waves of Harmony assembles these maestros, including distinguished instrumentalists and award-winning vocalists from around the world. Together, they craft an intricate mosaic of sound, blending the traditional strikes of the Japanese shamisen with the soulful tunes of world folk music.

Waves of Harmony takes you on a transcontinental odyssey, effortlessly crossing cultural barriers and venturing into uncharted territories of musical exploration. From the enthralling renditions of ancient Japanese ballads to the reimagined arrangements of Appalachian folk songs, our repertoire is as diverse as the places and cultures that inspire it.

Music Store

Immerse yourself in the world of Waves of Harmony through our latest releases, available for both streaming and purchase.

Band Members

Kyle Abbott

Leader, Co-producer

Joel Mankey

Engineer, Co-producer

Edwin Itoh

Co-producer

Shawn Renzoh Head

Steve Uccello

Supporting Waves of Harmony

In the summer of 2020, we embarked on a massive recording project, producing 40 world fusion songs with over 30 professional artists from around the world. Finally, in February 2023 we were able to begin releasing some of the songs (most are still in the final editing stage) which are available on Bandcamp. Once the songs are all finished, they will be arranged into a lovely bundle of albums!

As a life-long musician with a deep passion for world music, I am fortunate to have connected with so many talented and professional musicians to make this dream a reality. The 40 songs are mostly complete and almost half are ready to be shared with the world, but there is just one more hurdle we need to overcome: covering the production expenses. This is where we need YOUR support!
 
To be clear, the production expenses exclusively consist of fair artist honorariums and mixing/mastering fees. My goal is to not profit from crowdfunding (because the experience of working with these incredible artists was compensation enough!) but simply recover the costs of producing the works. In this digital age, independent artists like us need to receive the support of our communities to thrive and continue creating. By contributing to our GoFundMe campaign, you’ll not only be helping us recover our production costs but also become a part of a movement that bridges cultural gaps and unites people through the power of music. Your generous donations will enable these brilliant musicians to receive the recognition they deserve and share their exceptional artistry with the world.

Shoutouts o’ Gratitude!

My deepest appreciation to the generous supporters who’ve donated the Waves of Harmony GoFundMe campaign!

Mike R. ($50)

John B. ($50)

Dianne P. ($20)

Eileen H. ($50)

Cora M. ($10)

James H. ($50)

Masahiro K. ($50)

Vianney S. ($50)

David S-W. ($75)

Jonathan R. ($50)

Christian R. ($50)

Bruce D. ($20)

Please share some love at our GoFundMe page and we will proudly add your name to this wall of generous supporters! Thank you!

Testimonials

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Contact Us

We’d love to hear from you. Whether you’re looking to book us, collaborate, or simply want to share your thoughts, don’t hesitate to reach out.

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Leader, Co-producer

Kyle Abbott

Instrument: Shamisen, Mandolin, Banjo, Igil, Throat Singing, Vocalist

As the mastermind behind Waves of Harmony, Kyle Abbott is the epitome of dedication and innovation. He is the founder of Bachido, the world’s first International Shamisen Community. With over two decades of unwavering commitment to the shamisen, and a lifelong passion for diverse musical genres, he channels his love for music into producing groundbreaking fusion melodies.

Engineer, Co-producer

Joel Mankey

Instrument: Shinobue, Tin Whistle, Trumpet, Bazouki, Vocalist 

An auditory architect and maestro, Joel Mankey brings unmatched prowess and a multifaceted background to the ensemble

Co-producer

Edwin Itoh

Instrument:  Guitar, Harmonium

Edwin Itoh, with his chiseled physique and immense talent, strikes the perfect chord every time. His dedication to his craft is palpable in every performance, resonating with the audience on an elemental level.

Shawn Renzoh Head

Instrument: Shakuhachi & Violin (eventually)

A virtuoso with an abundance of talent, grace, and taste for the Oxford Comma, Shawn, Renzoh, Head, adds a touch of the sublime to Waves of Harmony.

Steve Uccello

Instrument: Bass

Steve Uccello is an upright/electric bassist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer.  He has playing experience in many genres including  jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, R & B, mariachi, and classical. In addition to being a musician for hire, Steve also produces his own compositions.