Hiromi (Japan), piano
Japan has produced an impressive assemblage of jazz pianists, from Toshiko Akiyoshi and Makoto Ozone to Junko Onishi. And now, pianist/composer Hiromi. She mesmerizes audiences and critics, East and West, with a creative energy that encompasses and eclipses the boundaries of jazz, classical and pop parameters, taking improvisation and composition to new heights of complexity and sophistication. The Berklee graduate’s music “together with her overwhelming charm and spirit, causes her to soar to unimaginable musical heights,” says legendary pianist/bandleader Ahmad Jamal.
Among her illustrious accomplishments are recording alongside Chick Corea, Lenny White and bassist Stanley Clarke. The Stanley Clarke Band disc that featured Hiromi went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Among the dynamic artist’s influences are a list of accomplished masters as eclectic as her own music—Bach, Oscar Peterson, Franz Liszt, Sly and the Family Stone, Dream Theatre and King Crimson. “My music is the union of what I've been listening to and what I've been learning,” says Hiromi. “It has some elements of classical music, it has some rock, it has some jazz.”