Canopy of Stars (2005)
Yoko Miwa (piano), Massimo Biolcati (acoustic bass), Scott Goulding (drums), Bronek Suchanek (acoustic bass on 3, 4)
Track Listing: (all tracks written by Yoko Miwa)
- La Estacion
- Canopy of Stars
- Waltz for Willy
- Tango Soledad
- Appalachian Trail (North)
- Behind the Clouds
- Secret Sources
- The Silver Screen
- Appalachian Trail (South)
“… shows she is a jazz pianist to be reckoned with.” and “a sophisticated melodic approach, delivered with great sensitivity.” –John Henry (Audiophile Audition)
“Japanese-born, Boston-based pianist Yoko Miwa follows up her 2004 release, Fadeless Flower (Polystar Records) with A Canopy of Stars, building on her crisply incisive percussive approach that bubbles with warm melodies and an array of colors …” -Dan McClenaghan (All About Jazz) Read More »
“… the trio is a model of musical telepathy and subtle but stunning chops..” -Kevin R. Convey (Boston Herald) Read More »
Japanese Jazz Pianist Yoko Miwa’s latest CD release “Canopy of Stars” is Yoko’s third CD release. Featuring Bassist Massimo Biolcati from New York City. He has performed with Terence Blanchard, Paquito D’Rivera, Lizz Wright, Rodney Green and Luciana Souza among others. And Featuring Drummer Scott Goulding from Boston. He has performed with George Garzone, Larry Grenadier, Michel Camillo, Jerry Bergonzi, and Joanne Brackeen among others.
“Pianist Yoko Miwa displays unpretentious melodies, elegant phrasing, and the lyrical sensibility of a jazz poet on Fadeless Flower.” -Jazziz Magazine
“Young mainstream piano trio aim for clean sound, delicate balance, inconspicuous beauty.” -Village Voice
“The pianist has an engaging way of repeating a phrase, drawing the listener in before she lets the melodic flow go free again, telling stories full of concise and beautifully-rendered ideas…. The variety of styles Miwa commands, while maintaining a start-to-finish cohesion of sound on Fadeless Flower, is impressive. A gorgeous and unpretentious set of straightahead jazz.” -All About Jazz
“Her second album as a leader is one of the warmest, most unapologetically lyrical jazz albums of the year… Miwa displays her facility with a variety of styles on this all-original program….what’s consistently impressive is her ability to deliver complex and challenging musical ideas in a compelling and yet frequently gentle and inviting way.” -All Music Guide
“…The Yoko Miwa Trio and it is inviting, melodic and technically appealing. The pianist brings a state of grace to nine vivid compositions which express her many emotions and a rare jazz sophistication.” -Sounds of Timeless Jazz”
Yoko’s CD “Fadeless Flower” has been featured on the U.S. National Public Radio Show “Jazz After Hours”. Yoko was featured in a live interview on the popular radio show “Voice of America” broadcast in over 250 countries worldwide.
Yoko Miwa currently resides in Boston where she performs regularly at several of the city’s top Jazz Clubs. You can see her complete performance schedule, read her complete reviews, join her e-mail list or contact her at yokomiwa.com.
Jazz Pianist Yoko Miwa is originally from Japan, now currently residing in Boston since graduating the Berklee College of Music in 1999, Yoko Miwa is a critically acclaimed and highly in demand, active international jazz performer, recording artist, and educator, who has performed in major cities throughout the world at jazz clubs, concerts, clinics, tours, on live TV and radio broadcasts and in festivals. She has released three CDs on major labels in Japan, Yoko’s debut CD as a leader Yoko Miwa “In the Mist of Time” was released in 2001 on the Tokuma Label. Yoko’s second CD The Yoko Miwa Trio “Fadeless Flower” was released in 2003 on the Polystar Label. Her latest CD “Canopy of Stars” was released in April 2005 on the Polystar label. Additionally, Polystar will be reissuing her first CD “In the Mist of Time” in September 2005. Her performance and recording credits include Slide Hampton, Arturo Sandoval, George Garzone, Jon Faddis, Jerry Bergonzi, Kevin Mahogany, John Lockwood, Ed Calle, and Mike Turk. Yoko was the personal accompanist for Grammy Award Winning Jazz Singer Kevin Mahogany while he lived in Boston.
In May 2001, Yoko was honored as a featured performer in Washington D.C. at The Kennedy Center’s “Mary Lou William’s Women in Jazz Festival”.
The Yoko Miwa Trio performs regularly at several of Boston’s top Jazz Venues. You can see her complete performance schedule, read her complete reviews, join her e-mail list or contact her at yokomiwa.com.