While flipping through channels on the TV one morning, Kiyo
paused at MTV. It was a guitarist in a leather jacket and
a top hat that caught his ear and reshaped his future. With
the sound of a Gibson singing a lazy riff through a Marshall
stack, This band looked more like a gang of bikers than
the polished, produced and filtered stuff that all the other
jr. high kids liked. The stage was set.
By 1988, Kiyo had his first guitar, A silver Gibson which
was a birthday gift from his parents. Often staying up for
days at a time practicing, School and everything else was
swept aside to make time.
Filling his appetite for guitar powered music with artists
like Ozzy Osborne, Guns n' Roses, Alice in Chains and Metallica,
The road was becoming clearer. Over the following years,
Kiyo had found an identity in local bands as an old style
Rock guitarist, with powerful anthem style riffs and blistering
yet musical leads ... Favoring tradition over trend.
Currently Kiyo is busy working on new material. He also
divides his time as lead guitarist for two very popular
Northern Califonia tribute bands. Junk Head - Alice In Chains
and Blood Red - Slayer. This has given him the opportunity
to do what he loves best ... PERFORM LIVE!
of his past projects included a five year run with Epitaph
and another four years with Sonoma County hard rock favorites
... Fuse. He has also lent his talents to Funeral Party,
Forevers End and Funeral Party.
has been professionally teaching guitar since 2001. He is
available in the North Bay for instruction. Kiyo has worked
at Tall Toad Music in Petaluma for several years. He does
sales, tech and set up work. This is where he was also first
introduced to SFARZO Strings!