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"Pianist Yoko Miwa displays unpretentious melodies, elegant phrasing, and the lyrical sensibility of a jazz poet... she's a remarkably fluent mainstream player with a graceful touch and a self-assured notion of where each tune is headed." -Ed Kopp, Jazziz
"Miwa plays with the confidence and fluidity of a seasoned jazz musician. She has the enviable ability to play in any context with authenticity, clarity, and spontaneity." --Wilbert Sostre, JazzTimes
Yoko Miwa Album Release Show
Featuring: Yoko Miwa - Piano
Brad Barrett - Acoustic bass
Scott Goulding - Drums
Internationally acclaimed pianist/composer Yoko Miwa is quickly becoming known as 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.
A favorite at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Miwa was chosen to play on "Marian McPartland & Friends" a special concert as part of the Coca Cola Generations in Jazz Festival. She was also chosen to perform at Lincoln Center's annual Jazz and Leadership Workshop for The National Urban League's Youth Summit. Miwa also performs regularly at New York's famed Blue Note Jazz Club and has performed and/or recorded with a wide range of jazz greats including Sheila Jordan, Slide Hampton, Arturo Sandoval, George Garzone, Jon Faddis, Jerry Bergonzi, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lynne Carrington, Kevin Mahogany, John Lockwood and Johnathan Blake among others.
On this evening's performance as well as her brand new recording Pathways - her first new album in five years - Miwa celebrates her longstanding Boston-based trio in a program ranging from classic Beatles, Joni Mitchell to a pair of rarely reprised pieces by legendary Bill Evans Trio bassist Marc Johnson. The album's highlights, though, are Miwa's gorgeous originals, which combine lively melodies, a delicate touch, and lush harmonies - the same qualities that she brings to her improvisations.
On Pathways (out May 12, 2017 on Ocean Blue Tear Music), Miwa is joined by bassist Will Slater (with Brad Barrett stepping in for one track) and drummer Scott Goulding. The remarkable telepathy they share has been developed over 15 years and countless hours logged on the bandstand, not to mention the accompanying personal bonds (Miwa and Goulding are married, after all).
"When we play together, it comes out as one sound," Miwa says. "That's the best part of working together all the time. I'm very comfortable with these guys because they know my playing and I know them very well."