Ryo Okumoto was born in Osaka, Japan. He began playing classical piano at the age of three and was a professional, touring musician by fifteen.
He has worked with such legends as David Foster, Steve Lukather and Jeff Porcaro, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Barry White, Eric Burdon, Peabo Bryson, Aretha Franklin, New Age innovator Kitaro, and Roberta Flack, along with countless other artists.
He has recorded five solo albums ranging from progressive rock masterpieces to lilting solo piano, yet has barely begun to scratch the surface of his artistic range.
Best known for his wildly energetic and imaginative contributions to progressive rock through the band Spock’s Beard, Ryo is working with the band to release their 11th studio album, “Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep”.
Spock’s Beard is launching both a European and East/West Coast tour to support the release, with additional shows and progressive rock festival appearances around the globe and throughout the year.
Ryo Okumoto is based in Los Angeles and is actively involved with numerous studio and live projects both in the U.S. and in his native Japan.
Phil Collins, David Foster, Debbie Gibson, Al Green, Eric Clapton, Steve Lukather, Lamont Dozier, Nichele Nichol, Natalie Cole, Jeff Porcaro, Richard Elliot, Roslyn Kind, Barry White, Simon Phillips, Jennifer Holliday, Louis St. Louis, Kitaro, Jay Graydon, Sue Raney, James Ingram, Peabo Bryson, Original 5th Dimension, Aretha Franklin , Dionne Warwick, Aaron Neville, Marilyn McCoo, Melissa Manchester, Johnny Gill, Eric Burdon of the Animals, Roberta Flack, Pointer Sisters, Brenda Russell, Glenn Hughes, Patti Austin, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Bobby Kimball, Sheena Easton, Eric Carmen, Teena Marie, Robbie Robertson, Chris Squire (Yes), Richard Street (Temptation)