The Ryo Okumoto Project ("TROP") is Ryo's touring band, featuring various rotating members in the United States and Japan.
Whether featured for a single show or a whole tour, TROP's hand-picked musicians are always among the best of their trade.
TROP shows usually feature a variety of pieces from Ryo's vast repertoire from his solo material all the way to eclectic fusion, often including fan favorites from Spock's Beard and more!
Matt has an endorsement with Spector Basses and has toured with Beth Hart, Simon Collins, Sound of Contact, Dave Kerzner, and In Continuum. He remains a founding member of Sound of Contact and In Continuum.
When it comes to world-class drummers, few would dispute that Mover is in a league of his own.
At the age of 18, Jonathan began his professional music career in London with the progressive rock band Marillion,
which led to landing the prestigious drum position with Steve Hackett (Genesis) and Steve Howe (Yes) in the supergroup GTR.
Following the success of GTR, Jonathan began working with guitarist Joe Satriani. After nine prosperous years of touring and recording with Joe, Jonathan had become one of the most well-recognized and respected drummers on the scene.
Continuing to break musical boundaries, Jonathan then spent four years supplying the backbeat for the legendary Aretha Franklin, as well as being the first drummer to ever hold a drum clinic in Russia. His diversity can be easily seen through the variety of artists he’s worked with, including Alice Cooper, Fuel, Shakira, Julian Lennon, Frank Gambale, Everlast, and The Tubes to name a few.
Erik Madsen is a native of Seattle, WA where he was a member of the original alternative project "Planet Zero” and rap-funk-R&B band “C4”.
He moved to Los Angeles In 1999 where he formed the funk band “The Brothers Thick” with Tracy Arrington where the band served as Jamie Foxx’s backing band.
He was a member of Tony Boyd’s funk band, “Trueschool All Stars” for nearly 15 years and backed such artists as Teena Marie, Ali Woodsen, Honeycone, and Sheila E.
Erik has toured and performed with many artists in the Seattle / Portland / LA area including the Curtis Salgado Band, Jean-Michel Byron (Toto), and Aaron Carter.
Keiko was born in Tokyo, Japan. Her parents, a professional Opera singer and an actor taught her music and theater from an early age.
After graduating from high school, she joined a very well-known theatrical company in Japan called "BUNGAKU-ZA".
She subsequently also joined Shiki Theatre Company, one of Japan's top theater companies, with very difficult entry requirements.
Keiko was acting, singing and dancing in a variety of very different productions with these two theatrical groups, often playing the lead.
In 2008, Keiko decided to shift the focus of her career from acting to singing. She began singing in many different venues throughout Tokyo, and was very successful. Based on demand from her audiences, she decided to produce a CD of her own original material. At that time, she met producer Ryo Okumoto, a composer and artist known throughout the world. With his help, "Power To Believe" was released in Oct 2009.
Timothy debuted on the UK instrumental Rock scene with 'Electric Zen' his first CD containing demo material in 2010.
The CD showcased his unique blend of interesting chord voicings and virtuoso technique.
He began gaining notoriety within guitar & instrumental circles and was awarded the 1st place at the Guitar Tornado contest held in Osaka, Japan.
He released his second solo album 'Hybrid Sonic' in 2015, Followed by 'Absolute Magnitude' in 2016.
Kastuji Morioka is one of the most established bass players in Japan. He joined the famous Japanese fusion group “T-SQUARE” and has played on 2 albums and toured in Asia.
He has attended NAMM's BassDay Bass Bash from 2009 through 2012. It was the first appearance of a bass player from Japan.
He is also working as executive adviser and the first endorsed artist for widely acclaimed Miura Bass USA, from the foundation of the company.
Katsuji has been playing with: T-SQUARE DIMENSION, Allen Hinds (Stevie Wonder, etc), Land Richards (Lee Ritenour,etc), Mark McMillen (Bobby Caldwell, etc), Hadrien Feraud, Damien Schmitt, Ray Luzier (Korn), Glen Sobel（Alice Cooper, Oscar Seaton and more.
Yu Murakami started playing drums at the age of 11. He had previously been playing in brass band in school.
After graduating high school, he entered the Koyo Conservatory and studied music. After graduation, he worked as an assistant there, and started working as professional drummer.
Yu is one of the most in-demand young drummers in Osaka, he has worked on many jazz to pop-rock projects and has recorded albums.
Takako Aramaki (a.k.a. Allan Chan) began her career in the mid-80s with the legendary Japanese progressive rock bands "Outer Limits" and "Vienna", and since then has based herself in Tokyo and Osaka, releasing 17 albums on King Records and other labels.
She continues to perform with Japan's leading progressive keyboardists such as Hiroyuki Namba, Shusei Tsukamoto (Shusei's Project, Outer Limits), Motoi Sakuraba, while she launched and is active with her symphonic progressive rock band "Allan Chan Band (Kari)" recently. In 2015, she performed at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, UK. In 2017, she launched "ProgTokyo", a progressive rock festival, to present quality progressive rock from Tokyo to the world, holding twice a year in spring and autumn.
Born in Tokyo in 1956, Yoshihiro graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts.
His debut album "Violin Playing in a Mysterious Country" was released in 1985 and recorded a huge hit, selling over 100,000 copies.
Since then, he has been active on the front lines of the music world as a violin player who expresses himself in various genres such as classical, jazz, and pop.
He has performed with various domestic and foreign artists, such as co-starring with jazz violin master Stéphane Grappelli, and acting as a soloist and concertmaster at concerts by Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr., and Quincy Jones. In addition, he has also worked on many music productions and arrangements, including album production for Keisuke Kuwata, Yosui Inoue, and Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Born in Tokyo, Kenji moved to New York City when he was six years old with his family. Influenced by his father who is the most famous trumpeter in Japan and known among jazz scene all over the world, he started trumpet when he was 9 and enrolled at La Guardia High School of Music & Art & Performing Arts at 15. He changed his instrument to bass guitar at the age of 17, when he started to learn from Jaco Pastorius.
Drummer for the Jacksons and Jennifer Lopez - Chad Wright gets it. He's been hired by some of the most successful acts in music history. He's toured with Jennifer Lopez and is currently the drummer for Bruce Hornsby and the Jacksons.
Derrick Murdock is an American bassist, composer and producer.
He is best known as the bassist in The Tonight Show Band on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 2006 to 2011
In 1992, Murdock began touring with Miles Jaye and has had an active musical career since. Some of the artists he has performed and/or recorded with include Sheena Easton, Michael Bolton, BB King, Chuck Berry, Dr. Dre, Will Smith, Huey Lewis, Rose Royce, Mandrill, Jim Carrey, Bill Cosby, Solomon Burke, Peter Frampton, The Jazz Crusaders, Frank Gambale, Tom Scott, Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal, Cherrelle, the Dazz Band, Deniece Williams, Andraé Crouch, Bobby Caldwell, Angela Bofill, David Benoit, Hugh Masekela, Bobby Lyle, Bob Mamet, Jon Lucien, and Miles Jaye.
Steve is a composer and guitarist in Los Angeles originally from Toronto, Canada.
In early 2017, he received a Doctorate in Musical Arts from USC's Thornton School of Music.
Steve’s unique skill set provides him with many tools to create and perform music across a wide variety of genres.
He enjoys finding ways to enhance stories through music. Finding ways to engage the audience and deepen their experience with what they see on screen through sound. Being able to work on a wide variety of projects encompassing multiple genres of music is the most exciting aspect of being a composer for Steve.
Mike Miller is known as a “guitarist’s guitarist” and is one of the most sought-after and respected players in Los Angeles.
Miller’s resume includes his current stint as a member of Better Midler’s all-star band in Las Vegas, Chick Corea, George Duke, Vinnie Colaiuta, Yellowjackets, Brand X, Peter Erskine, Gino Vanelli, Burton Cummings, Mark Mothersbaugh and many others.
Miller is one of L.A.’s hidden gems, with the ability to play multiple styles and in almost any setting.
Joel Taylor is an American drummer who has toured or recorded with artists such as Brian Bromberg, Mike Garson, Al Di Meola, Frank Gambale, Allan Holdsworth, Banned From Utopia, and appears on Yanni's live concert video Tribute.
Three Time Grammy Nominated, Bassist Ric Fierabracci has performed, recorded and run the gamut for artists like:
Blood Sweat and Tears, Chick Corea Electrik Band, Billy Cobham, Dave Weckl, Jeff Lorber Trio, Eric Marienthal Band, Andy Summers (with Sting as a special guest), Lao Tizer Band, Gary Husband, Karen Briggs Band, Munyungo Jackson's "Jungle Jazz", Dean Brown, Bill Evans, Steve Smith, Vinnie Colaiuta, Mitchel Forman, Nachito Herrera's Cuban Trio, Raul Pineda, Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats, Stanley Clarke, Brett Garsed, Phil Turcio, Special EFX, Guthrie Govan, Mike Miller, Scott Henderson, Joel Hoekstra, Mino Cinelu, Tom Coster, Marion Meadows, Planet X, Eddie Jobson's UK, Curved Air's Sonja Kristina, Adrian Belew and more.
Spock's Beard guitarist and founding member Alan Morse has recorded with many artists including Chad & Jeremy, Spencer Davis, Neal Morse, and of course Ryo Okumoto.
Along with the guitar, he sings and plays the theremin, the cello, musical saw, keyboards, drums, bass and bouzouki.
Unusual for a rock guitar player, Morse does not use a pick.
Alan released his first solo album, Four O'Clock & Hysteria, in 2007.
Ryo's son, Sage, performed as a guest drummer on the Coming Through tour in 2004.