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Tomo Nakayama

Celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary of Fog on the Lens

Friday, June 7
7:30 pm PDT
$15 - $20


The Great Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Eighth Avenue)
Seattle, 98101 United States
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Note: Town Hall events are approximately 75 minutes long.

A livestream of this event will also be available.

Headshot of Tomo Nakayama (with light skin, short black hair, and eyeglasses)
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Celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Tomo Nakayama’s album, Fog on the Lens! Tomo returns to the place where it all started for a very special concert at Town Hall Seattle.

Tomo Nakayama, a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter from Seattle, Washington recorded his first solo album Fog On The Lens during his 2014 artist residency at Town Hall Seattle. Literally handed the keys to the historic building for three months, Tomo utilized the 92 year old Roman-revival style hall as his own personal recording studio. Recording alone at odd hours of the night, Tomo used a single microphone plugged directly into his laptop to capture the natural acoustics of the various rooms of Town Hall. Emphasis was placed on first takes and keeping the performances as raw and unedited as possible. In essence and in spirit, Fog On The Lens is a bedroom album created in a cathedral-sized room.

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Fog On The Lens finds Tomo pursuing a rawer, more playfully spontaneous, and intimate sound. It combines elements of the acoustic and electronic, analog and digital, lo-fi and hi-fi, the urban, and the pastoral. The past and future collide in a colorful, hazy collage. It bears the influence of Tomo’s favorite musicians like Arthur Russell, Bjork, Paul Simon, Cass McCombs, The Velvet Underground, and Ryuichi Sakamoto, yet exists in a world entirely of its own. Fog On The Lens is a quietly confident step forward from a restless soul, unafraid to follow his muse, wherever it leads him.

Born in Japan and raised in Seattle, Washington, Tomo Nakayama is an artist whose melodic, complex, and emotionally compelling music has been praised by NPRNew York Times, and The Stranger. After two critically acclaimed indie-folk albums Fog on the Lens and Pieces of Sky (named Best Folk Act by Seattle Weekly), he surprised his fans by releasing the synthpop album Melonday, which was named one of the Top Albums of 2020 by Seattle TimesKEXP, and Seattle Met Magazine, and debuted at #1 on KEXP’s NW Charts.

He has toured across the U.S. and Japan, sharing the stage with Built to Spill, Thao, Daði Freyr, Fleet Foxes, Michael Hurley, Sons of Kemet, Ben Gibbard, Damien Jurado, Wye Oak, and Cornelius. He has collaborated with Dave Matthews, Sera Cahoone, Jherek Bischoff, and Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate). He also composed music and appeared as an actor in the Lynn Shelton film Touchy Feely with Elliot Page and Rosemarie DeWitt. Learn more about Tomo on his website.

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