domingo, 15 de maio de 2011

Hiromi Uehara: jazz, rock progressivo e música clássica


Hiromi Uehara nasceu no dia 26 de março de 1979 em Hamamatsu, Japão. Compositora de jazz e pianista ela é conhecida por seu virtuosismo, performances energéticas ao vivo e a mistura de gêneros musicais como jazz, rock progressivo e música clássica.
"It expanded so much the way I see music," she says. "Some people dig jazz, some people dig classical music, some people dig rock. Everyone is so concerned about who they like. They always say, 'This guy is the best,' 'No, this guy is the best.' But I think everyone is great. I really don't have barriers to any type of music. I could listen to everything from metal to classical music to anything else."
Hiromi começou a aprender piano aos 5 anos e foi introduzida no jazz por sua professora Noriko Hakita quando tinha 8 anos. Aos 14 anos, tocou com a Orquestra Filarmônica Tcheca. Aos 17 anos ela conheceu Chick Corea em Tóquio e foi convidada para tocar com ele em seu show no dia seguinte.
"It was in Tokyo," Hiromi recalls. "He was doing something at Yamaha, and I was visiting Tokyo at the time to take some lessons. I talked to some teachers and said that I really wanted to see him. I sat down with him, and he said 'Play something.' So I played something, and then he said, 'Can you improvise?' I told him I could, and we did some two-piano improvisations. Then he asked me if I was free the next day. I told him I was, and he said, 'Well, I have a concert tomorrow. Why don't you come?' So I went there, and he called my name at the end of the concert, and we did some improvisations together."
Depois de escrever jingles por alguns anos para empresas japonesas, ela se matriculou para estudar no Berklee College of Music em Boston, Massachusetts. Lá, foi orientado por Ahmad Jamal e assinou com a gravadora de jazz Telarc, antes de sua graduação.
Desde sua estréia em 2003 Hiromi já percorreu o mundo e apareceu em inúmeros festivais de jazz. Ela cantou ao vivo no Newport Jazz Festival em 08 de agosto de 2009 e no Olympia de Paris em 13 de abril de 2010. Participou da Turnê da Stanley Clarke Band no verão de 2010.

"I don't want to put a name on my music," she says. "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."

LIVE SETUP: Yamaha S-CFIII, Nord Lead 2, Clavia Nord Electro 2 e Korg R3.

Telarc Discography:
Another Mind (2003) CD-83558
Brain (2004) CD-83600
Spiral (2005) CD-83631
Time Control (2007) CD-83655
Beyond Standard (2008) CD-83686

Site: http://www.hiromimusic.com/
Fonte: Rafael Negromonte


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