Takana Miyamoto

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Takana Miyamoto is a multi award winning, internationally acclaimed concert pianist, composer and music producer. She bases herself in USA (Atlanta) and Japan (Tokyo/Osaka), and has performed worldwide in about 30 countries including North and South Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Takana Miyamoto’s piano sound is featured on several albums including ones of the multi-Grammy nominated jazz artists Kirk Whalum (sax) and Nnenna Freelon (voc), or in collaboration with the singer/composer Keizo Nakanishi, vocalist/flugelhorn player TOKU, Japanese Bamboo flute player, Yasukazu Kano, a jazz vocal phenom Rene Marie, Grammy winner Irene Cara, among many others. This most-requested jazz pianist with a firm foundation of classical piano training and film scoring is also a vital bandleader. Takana is passionately involved in musical collaboration beyond genre and cultural exchange through music. Born and raised in Yuki, Ibaraki, Japan, Takana Miyamoto grew up musically influenced by her father and brother’s guitar playing and singing. The first keyboard lesson was at age 4, and Takana decided to make a career being a composer at age 14. With her dream of becoming a film composer, Takana came to the USA to study at Berklee College of music in ’93. She became deeply drawn to jazz piano, fascinated by the music of Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett. She recorded her first jazz piano trio album in 1997, made the nationwide TV debut on BET ‘Jazz Central’, and started her international performing career as a concert pianist. After graduating with an honor and several awards, with a dual degree in Film Scoring and Jazz Composition, Takana relocated to New York city, where she won the First place in Randy Edman Piano Competition in 1998. Takana joined the world tour of the multi- Grammy nominated vocalist, Nnenna Freelon, and she is featured as an arranger and a musical director in ‘Soulcall’ (2 Grammy nominations in ’01) and ‘Live at the Kennedy Center’ albums. In 2002, Takana moved to Atlanta, GA, received the ‘Rising Star’ recognition from the International Jazz Society, and completed the master’s program in Jazz Pedagogy at Georgia State University. She was awarded the US permanent residency based on her contribution in the music field. She was selected to be one of ‘GA’s most powerful and influential women’ (’02), Elite Asian from Asian American Community in GA, (’05) and ‘GA’s 25 most influential Asian'(’12), and was selected ‘the Atlanta’s best jazz act’ (’05 and ’06) in Creative Loafing, and the honorary member for the Japan America Society of Georgia (’09). In 2006, Takana began collaborating with the original Bill Evans Trio drummer, Marty Morell on ‘Tribute to Bill Evans’ concert series. view video She musically has collaborated in genres ranging from Jazz, Soul/R&B to the film music, with a long list of artists including the Grammy winner/nominee Nnenna Freelon(voc), Kirk Whalum(Sax), Jimmy Heath (sax)?Earl Klugh (guit)?Russell Gunn(trp)?Chris Potter (sax)?Daniel Ho (Voc/Ukulele/6-time Grammy winner), Marcus Printup (trp), Wycliffe Gordon (trb), and internationally acclaimed vocalists Lizz Wright?Rene Marie, Allan Harris, Irene Cara, and TOKU, Japanese bamboo flutist Yasukazu Kano, Taiko drummer Ryutaro Kaneko, Tetsuro Kawashima (sax), Yosuke Onuma (guit) and many others. As a composer, Takana has scored for several motion picture productions including ‘Soratobu Kingyo to Sekai no Himitsu (Flying Goldfish and the Secret of the World) Japan’13)’, ‘Tanemaku Tabibito (Japan ’12)’, ‘Furusatogaeri’, ‘Dear Willie(US’12)’, and theater productions ‘Long Christmas Ride Home’ & ‘Duke Ellington’s Cat’ (winner of the International UNIMA award). She has also written and recorded music for environmental education program, ‘Eco Kids’ with Keizo Nakanishi (vo) for Suntory Japan, inc. Takana was voted for one of ‘GA’s most influential women’ as a composer in 2003. As a music producer, Miyamoto has produced several albums for herself as well as for others including; ‘Promises Made’ album (co-produced with Kirk Whalum (sax) for Millennium Promise Organization of Columbia University, NYC) (Ranked 5th in Billboard Jazz chart in 2008) Yasukazu Kano ‘Shiawase ni(2010)’ ‘Take no Uta'(Bamboo Songs 2010) Yamaha Music Communications, Japan
Satsuki Iida (voc) ‘I Thought About You’ (2011) Junko Takeo’s ‘Music for Koto and a jazz piano trio 1 & 2’ TOKU (voc/flugelhorn)’Dream a Dream’ (2013), ‘Sings & Plays Stevie Wonder'(2011), and ‘Love Again(2008)’ Sony Music Japan International Takana Miyamoto trio “On My Way(’13)’ ‘It’s All Up To you’, ‘Tree Song’, ‘Live at Churchill Grounds’, ‘An Acoustic Journey’. Takana Miyamoto solo piano series ‘Piano Tales’ Takana is the headliner/supervisor for her hometown jazz festival in Yuki, Ibaraki, Japan, and invites guest musicians from overseas for concert tours of Japan every year. She is also eagerly involved with education through music, and gives masterclasses worldwide. Her new trio album ‘On My Way’ was released in June 2013 in Japan, featuring Matt Penman on bass and Ulysses Owens on drums. The album features her originals as well as the works by great pianists/composers Burt Bacharach, Bill Evans, Bud Powell, Dave Grusin and Oscar Peterson. Takana gave birth to her first child in 2013, and eagerly continues to expand her musical venture in performing, composing, recording, music production, and educational/inter-cultural activities worldwide.

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