Samurai guitarist MIYAVI will celebrate the release of his new album, SAMURAI SESSIONS vol.3 – Worlds Collide, with a special star-studded show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on February 23, 2019.
“This project is all about chemistry — even in one album, there are so many colors and experimentation… It’s about how we connect to one another”, MIYAVI says about the new album. Worlds Collide includes guest appearances from an all-star ensemble of musicians and artists including Samuel L. Jackson, Betty Who, Mikky Ekko, RAC, and more. MIYAVI’s album release event on February 23 will feature live performances from Mikky Ekko, Yuna, and Duckwrth, with more to be announced.
In addition to MIYAVI’s musical career, he has also starred in the Academy Award-nominated film Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie. Since that time, MIYAVI has joined Jolie as an UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, working tirelessly to provide aid to refugees and educate people about this global crisis, paying particularly close attention to the education rights of refugee children. In 2015, MIYAVI’s song “the Others” was used by the UN as a unifying anthem for the globally disenfranchised. “I believe music is universal. As a musician it’s our jobs to make people pay attention.”
MIYAVI’s unique style of guitar playing has taken him on 7 world tours in over 30 countries. Recently MIYAVI was selected as the face of Beats headphones in Japan, joined Moncler’s 2018 BEYOND worldwide advertising campaign, and walked the runway for Yohji Yamamoto & Y3’s 2018 Paris Collection. He has continued his acting career appearing in Kong: Skull Island (2017), Bleach (2018), and recently wrapped production on Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent 2.
MIYAVI is also starring in the new indie thriller Stray, set for release in select theaters and video-on-demand on March 1. The film follows an orphaned teen (Karen Fukuhara, Suicide Squad) investigating her mother’s murder while also confronting the ghosts of her family’s past. In the film, MIYAVI portrays a mysterious loner who’s involvement with the murder is shrouded in uncertainty.
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