Catch Naia Izumi, winner of the 2018 NPR Tiny Desk Contest, live at Terrible Baby on 14 November

Have you heard these soulful vocals and complex rhythms? Because you need to! Naia Izumi creates prolifically and passionately, producing rich, unique sounds he describes as elegant, rhythmic, bizarre, articulated, guitar-based music with pop “sensitivity.” A natural born musician, Naia has been creating music for as long as he can remember and his songs resonate with people all over the world.

Izumi, 34, honed his playing by busking the streets of Los Angeles, where he’d record his performances and post them to YouTube and Facebook. He gained a small but loyal following online, and a few fans eventually encouraged him to submit a video to the popular Tiny Desk Contest. Several months later, “All Songs Considered” host Bob Boilen called to inform him he was the winner, followed by a performance at NPR Music headquarters in Washington, D.C., and a national tour.

When NPR Music announced the results of the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest, it was refreshing to see the award go to a guitarist with genuine chops. In his winning video entry, Naia Izumi showcased an impressive arsenal of techniques including percussive two-hand tapping, soulful tremolo work and fluid R&B-style chord riffs.

Now you can catch Naia Izumi at Terrible Baby on 14 November. Better yet, win tickets from us! We have 2 pairs to give away.

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All COCO+ members interested in this giveaway should email to with their full name and subject line “I want to see Naia Izumi.” Members will be notified via email on 11 Nov 2019, so keep your eye on your inbox. We ask all winners to reply and claim their prize within 24 hours, or we will pick again.

When: 8pm, 14 November 2019

Where: Terrible Baby, 4/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Rd.

How: Tickets are HKD 180 (+ 10 HKD fee) including 1 free drink Get your tickets here.

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