Yoko Miwa: Jazz Piano, Presentation & Performance Sponsored by the Seacoast Jazz Society
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[Edited to add:
Here’s a link to the archived presentation: https://www.facebook.com/150470998330620/videos/445113956459713
Not sure how long the video will be available]
During this performance and presentation sponsored by the Seacoast Jazz Society, Yoko will talk about the importance of having influences from other musicians in order to develop one’s own style. She will break down the aspects of a few key piano players who have inspired her. Through a combination of discussion and performance, Yoko will demonstrate these influences on her music.
Yoko Miwa is an internationally acclaimed pianist/composer and one of the most powerful and compelling performers on the scene today. Her trio, with its remarkable telepathy and infectious energy, has brought audiences to their feet worldwide. Their latest CD, 2019’s Keep Talkin’, showcases Miwa’s fine playing and artful compositions and the trio’s uncanny musical camaraderie. DownBeat gave the recording four stars, calling it “a beautifully constructed album” and noting “the drive and
lyricism of a pianist and composer at home in bebop, gospel, pop, and classical.” JazzTimes also reviewed the album favorably, praising Miwa’s “jaw-dropping degree of technique.” The album enjoyed seven weeks in the top 10 on Jazz Week’s charts. In a 2017 feature article on Miwa, DownBeat noted her “impressive technique and a tuneful lyricism that combines an Oscar Peterson-ish hard swing with Bill Evans-like introspection.” In 2020, Miwa joined the roster of Ellora Worldwide Management (Ahmad Jamal, Hiromi) and signed a recording contract with the UK based label Ubuntu, her debut CD on the Ubuntu label will be released in February 2021.
Yoko Miwa is a Yamaha Pianos Artist, JVC Japan Victor Entertainment recording artist, and 2019 Boston Music Awards Jazz Artist of the Year. She is also an active educator serving as one of the most popular professors in the Berklee College of Music’s piano department.
“She has the enviable ability to play in any context with authenticity, clarity, and spontaneity…”
-Wilbert Sostre, JazzTimes
“Simply a first class, straight up, straight ahead player whose sole mission is to step up and deliver the goods.”
–Midwest Record Review
“I greatly appreciate and respect the clarity and strength in Yoko’s playing, it is very apparent—the honesty, care and depth of foundation she touches the piano with.”
“Pianist Yoko Miwa displays unpretentious melodies, elegant phrasing, and the lyrical sensibility of a jazz poet.”
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