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Illusion of Love

by Madoca

Her style is smooth and can dig in on a beautiful ballad ("Sentimentally Yours"), but also can operate in an acoustic piano setting as evidenced in "Picadillo" and "Sofly as in a Morning Sunrise". She is the real deal and deserves your immediate attention
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Surrender
5:40 album only
2. On the Beach with You
5:31 album only
3. Illusion of Love
4:42 album only
4. Sentimentally Yours
4:34 album only
5. Picadillo
4:04 album only
6. Jasmine 2018
6:17 album only
7. Softly as in a Morning Sunrise
3:58 album only
8. I Fall in Love Too Easily
4:35 album only


Album Notes
Madoca Kawahara a.k.a. MADOCA[pronounced “ma du ka”] is a Japanese American producer, pianist/ keyboardist/ composer. Her style consists of contemporary/ classic jazz, fusion, soul, funk, Latin and Salsa blended together to provide sustenance for your mind and soul. Madoca began studying piano/organ at the age of 7 and graduated the Senzoku Music University in Kawasaki Japan with a major in Composition and Piano. She had a 3-day live audition before being awarded her scholarship programs at the Nemu Music and she studied jazz piano, jazz theory, ensemble, composition, arrangement etc. under educators from Berklee College of Music.
Madoca got her first taste of show business in 1993 when touring with Japanese national bands and also performing on NHK TV in Tokyo/ Osaka. She has performed with several American Jazz/R&B bands in Tokyo/ Yokohama ).
In 1994, Madoca moved to Hong Kong where she performed/ world tour (Australia, France, UK, USA etc.) with various Chinese major artists including PolyGram recording artist Jacky Chueng, Sandy Lam etc. Her selection, “I Don’t Cry Anymore” was the winner Song Writer’s Quest, a competition organized by the CASH. She has worked with numerous American recording artists including Eric Marienthal, Paul Young and has even opened for Chris Botti, Richard Elliott, Jonathan Butler.

Madoca's latest release, "Illusions of Love" (produced by Pianist/Arranger/Composer Bob Baldwin), showcases the growth and maturity of this very talented underrated artist from Atlanta, Ga. Originally from Japan, she honed her skills at the Senzoku Music University in Kawasaki, but made her mark in GA in 2005 with her debut disc “Mysterious Ways...”.

Her style is smooth (check out the title track), and she can dig in on a beautiful ballad ("Sentimentally Yours"), but also can operate in an acoustic piano setting as evidenced in "Picadillo" and "Sofly as in a Morning Sunrise". Madoca is the real deal and deserves your immediate attention.

"Illusion of Love" is one of City Sketches, Inc debut releases, Distributed by Sony Red Music, The Orchard.



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Lloyd James

TRAP'S INSIGHT ONLY" my opinion. Pt2
I thought I gave this 5 stars! Reinteration on my rating....


Good Vibes!!!
Nice Groove, Jazzy, Soulful !! I love it and recommended it highly !

Cameron Wade

Surrender To The Spell of Madoca's "Illusion of Love"
Ever since she touched down on American soil several years ago, Japanese-born jazz composer/keyboardist Madoca Kawahara has been making a name for herself in studios and on stages across America and throughout the world.

The dynamic performer’s latest album, “Illusion of Love” — a brilliant collaboration with producer, writer and musician Bob Baldwin — should once and for all establish her as an international musical force to be reckoned with.

From the opening notes of the album’s first single, “Surrender,” which is currently setting fire to the smooth jazz charts, and is sure to be one of this summer’s ride-a-long songs, to the Latin flavored cover of Tito Puente’s very rhythmic “Piccadillo,” to Madoca’s explosive remix of her pre-album single entitled “Jasmine,” Madoca has proven that she can deliver a sizzling collection of pulsating smooth jazz gems.

From beginning to end, “Illusion of Love” is no Illusion — it’s the real thing, baby!

Tommy G

Illusion of Love
There are no illusions here. Madoca gives all her love & emotion on every track.

Keith Gilchrist of Ssassy Radio

The Love
Illusion of Love by Madoca is one fully nice CD from A-Z. She brings everything to life like never before wit her smooth grooves, to the silky overlays on each track. Very proud of her and her new project. The Jazzman

Justin Kantor

Smooth Sailing and Melodic
Madoca has offered up a short and sweet eight-track album that nicely balances contemporary jazz grooves with a funky underpinning ("Surrender," "On the Beach with You") and tasteful, more traditionally driven covers of much-loved tunes (Tito Puente's "Picadillo" and Frank Sinatra's "I Fall in Love Too Easily"). Her piano playing is sultry and striking, and her collaborations with Bob Baldwin on Rhodes and production are pleasing to the ears in a relaxing and positive way.