“One of the most inventive and awe-inspiring pianists in jazz today.” — All About Jazz
Location: The Broad Stage - Main Stage
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Experience her breathtaking, one-of-a-kind skill set and creative energy that encompasses and eclipses the boundaries of jazz, classical and pop parameters. Re-scheduled from 2019.
About The Artist
Ever since the 2003 release of her debut Telarc CD, Another Mind, Hiromi has electrified audiences and critics east and west, with a creative energy that encompasses and eclipses the boundaries of jazz, classical and pop parameters, taking improvisation and composition to new heights of complexity and sophistication. Born in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan on March 26, 1979, Hiromi’s piano lessons started when she was six, and she performed her first recital at that age. Her first teacher, Noriko Hikida, encouraged her to access both the intuitive and technical aspects of music. She enrolled in the Yamaha School of Music at age six and started to write music at that time. Hiromi moved to the United States in 1999, and she matriculated at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Among her mentors at Berklee was the veteran jazz bassist/arranger Richard Evans. Another Mind was a critical success in North America and in her native Japan, where the album shipped gold and received the Recording Industry Association of Japan’s (RIAJ) Jazz Album of the Year Award. Hiromi’s astonishing debut was but a forecast of the shape of jazz to come. In 2011, The Stanley Clarke Band CD, featuring Hiromi, won the GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Her new CD, Spark, her tenth as a leader, features her critically acclaimed Trio Project, consisting of contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson (Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Michel Camilo, The O’Jays and Chick Corea) and drummer Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who, Judas Priest, David Gilmour and Jack Bruce). Her evocative and expansive compositions evoke the myriad moods and mysteries of life and reveal the soulful, syncopated simpatico of her thrilling threesome.
Hiromi uses her own life and homeland to inspire her music. Between her own ups and downs, political tension in Asia and rebuilding Japan in the wake of the catastrophic tsunami, Hiromi tells Jazzwise Magazine how she infuses all of this into her music here.