Boston-based jazz pianist and Berklee College of Music faculty member Yoko Miwa will perform at Highfield Hall on Sunday, February 10th at 4:00pm.
A native of Kobe, Japan and a classically trained pianist, she began taking lessons at age six but she didn’t pursue an interest in jazz until she met and studied with Minoru Ozone, a popular Japanese television organist. She continued to study music at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe until she won a competition for a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Miwa has recorded seven albums. Her album, Live at Scullers, was chosen among the best CDs of 2011 by JazzTimes Magazine. That same year she was chosen to play a special concert: Marian McPartland & Friends at Lincoln Center, as part of The Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival. Her trio released their first major label album in Japan, Act Naturally, on the JVC Victor Entertainment label in 2012. She toured Japan with her trio to rave reviews. “She is one of the best jazz pianists in Japan,” said Yozo Iwanami, of Jazz Hihyo Magazine. The Yoko Miwa Trio was voted Best Jazz Act by the Boston Phoenix in 2012.
“Miwa had just as much fun sending the rhythm section away and swinging by herself as she did engaging in a tightly spiraling, interlocking web of melody…pensively spacious minor-key blues, a scampering right hand against a stern left, tension and release around a central tone, intricately conversational interplay with the guys in her fantastic trio…She’s fun to watch and just as tuneful.” — The New York Music Daily.
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