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Artist of the Week: Hiromi Uehara. Piano? More like Pianyes(t)!

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Yesterday being Easter Sunday I decided not to post an AotW, plus I've been super busy. I didn't even get to try out the Overwatch event until late last night despite it having come out nearly a week ago.

At first I was having a bit of trouble finding information on this Japanese pianist as all I had was the name "Hiromi" but after a bit of searching I found her name, but then I still had some trouble, wikipedia was basically blank and allmusic had 2 paragraphs. Well, her website has a more indepth biography on her than I could possibly write. I'll summarize some of it but I suggest you simply read the bio if you're curious as it's very good.

Hiromi pulls from a wide variety of genres in her music, I would say most strongly Jazz and Prog-rock. A statement she makes in her bio is:

“I don't want to put a name on my music. Other people can put a name on what I do. It’s just the union of what I've been listening to and what I've been learning. It has some elements of classical music, it has some rock, it has some jazz, but I don't want to give it a name.”

Hiromi was born in Japan in 1979. She had piano lessons all her life and in 1999 she moved to Boston and attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston (not to be confused with Berkeley College in California). In 2003 she released her debut album Another Mind.

In 2004 she released the album Brain.

 

2005/6 saw the release of Spiral, her third studio album

In 2007 and 2008 she released two albums under the name Hiromi's Sonicboom, Sonicboom being her standard backing band of Martin Valihora and Tony Grey while adding guitarist David Fiuczynski into the mix. The first album titled Time Control is all original material while 2008's Beyond Standard is almost exclusively older material from other artists such as Duke Ellington or George Gershwin.

In 2010 Hiromi performed a solo project releasing Place to Be without the aid of Sonicboom.

In 2011 Sonicboom was definitively put to rest and Hiromi teamed up with acclaimed session musicians, bassist Anthony Jackson (Steely Dan, The O'Jays) and drummer Simon Phillips (Judus Priest, Jeff Beck) on the album Voice forming "The Trio Project." This team would remain with her over the next 3 releases, 2012's Move, 2014's Alive, and most recently 2016's Spark, though sometimes she would perform live with different artists.

Move:

 

Alive:

Here is a nice little interview and discussion about the creation of her 2016 album Spark.

This was a fun little departure compared to any the stuff I've done recently. It's good music to put on and chill out or get some work done without stressing about lyrics distracting you.

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About Khalid Eternal Nighone of us since 12:52 AM on 06.15.2015

Every time I think I know what I'm doing with my life, I forget.