Hiromi Uehara

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Moers Festival 2007
Background information
Birth nameHiromi Uehara
Born (1979-03-26) March 26, 1979 (age 41)
Origin Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion, post-bop, classical
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsPiano, keyboard, synthesizers
Years active1996-present
Labels Telarc International
Website hiromimusic.com

Hiromi Uehara (上原 ひろみ, born 26 March 1979), known professionally as Hiromi, is a jazz composer and pianist born in Hamamatsu, Japan. She is known for her virtuosic technique, energetic live performances and blend of musical genres such as stride, post-bop, progressive rock, classical and fusion in her compositions. [1]

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History

Hiromi started learning classical piano at the age of six, [2] and was later introduced to jazz by her piano teacher Noriko Hikida. At 14, she played with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. When she was 17, she met Chick Corea by chance in Tokyo and was invited to play with him at his concert the next day. After being a jingle writer for a few years for Japanese companies such as Nissan, she enrolled to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. [3] There, she was mentored by Ahmad Jamal and had already signed with jazz label Telarc before her graduation.

Since her debut in 2003, Hiromi has toured the world and appeared in numerous jazz festivals. She performed at the Newport Jazz Festival on August 8, 2009, and at the Paris Olympia in Paris on April 13, 2010, and toured in the summer of 2010 with the Stanley Clarke Band.

Trio

Hiromi's trio initially consisted of bassist Mitch Cohn and drummer Dave DiCenso. In 2004, she recorded her second album Brain with fellow Berklee alumni bassist Tony Grey and drummer Martin Valihora and recorded and toured with them until 2009. Bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer Steve Smith were guest artists on two Brain tracks and is featured on her 2011 album Voice . Smith left the trio near the end of 2011, and the British drummer Simon Phillips made with her the 2012 album Move , the 2014 album Alive , and the 2016 album Spark. [4] Her most recent tour (2015) featured Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips. Her 2016 album Spark reached the #1 position on the US Billboard Jazz Albums chart for the week of April 23, 2016. [5]

The trio has remained with Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips.

Hiromi's Sonicbloom

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Hiromi at the Moers Festival, 2007

On October 19, 2006, the trio added guitarist David Fiuczynski in a performance at the Jazz Factory in Louisville, Kentucky, to form Hiromi's Sonicbloom. He is also featured in the albums Time Control and Beyond Standard . Due to Fiuczynski's teaching commitments at Berklee, guitarist John Shannon performed with the group when Fiuczynski was unavailable.

Drummer Mauricio Zottarelli joined Hiromi's Sonicbloom for the 2009 tour. [6]

Instruments

In an interview published in 2010, Hiromi said she plays the Yamaha CFIII-S concert grand piano, Nord Lead 2, Clavia Nord Electro 2 73, Clavia Nord Stage Piano and Korg microKORG. [7]

Discography

Studio albums (as "Hiromi")

Studio albums (as "Hiromi's Sonicbloom")

Studio albums (as "The Trio Project")

DVDs

Other appearances

See also

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<i>Alive</i> (Hiromi album) 2014 studio album by Hiromi

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<i>Spark</i> (Hiromi album) 2016 studio album by Hiromi

Spark is the fourth studio album from Hiromi Uehara's Trio Project featuring bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips. The album was released on February 12, 2016 by Telarc label.

<i>Spectrum</i> (Hiromi album) 2019 studio album by Hiromi

Spectrum is the eleventh studio album by Japanese jazz pianist Hiromi Uehara. The album was released by Telarc in Japan on 18 September 2019, with an international release to follow on 9 October 2019. It is her first solo album in 10 years after Place to Be released in 2009 also by Telarc.

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