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The album is a beautiful and thrilling dialogue between Japan's most talented trumpeter Miki Hirose and Mayuko Katakura, a first-call pianist who has earned the tremendous trust of many musicians. The recording was made by Taro Okamoto's atelier in the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum Tokyo, and Mayuko plays the upright piano that Taro loved and made 100 years ago. In a unique art space, two top players develop a sound full of speed and tension.

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Apple Music • Jazz Top Albums • Taiwan • TOP 82 • 24 Apr 2022 Apple Music • Jazz Top Albums • Singapore • TOP 172 • 31 Jan 2023 Apple Music • Jazz Top Albums • China • TOP 182 • 29 Jan 2022

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Embraceable You

Apple Music • Jazz Scene: Japan • 2 Dec 2021

Artist Profile

  • Miki Hirose

    Miki Hirose(Trumpeter/Composer/Arranger) Miki was born in Kobe, Japan in 1984. He started playing trumpet in Konan Junior High School.After he graduated, Miki started playing trumpet professionally. He received the Shoji Nakayama Jazz Award and the Naniwa Art Prize. He was the youngest musician to ever receive these awards.2003, he moved to New York City. Working as a freelance trumpeter, he played with various bands. In 2010, he released his first album "A Day in New York," and in 2013 he released his second album, "SCRATCH." Both received a large number of reviews and were played all over the world. September 2013, Miki Hirose Quintet participated in FONT, a jazz festival in New York City featuring NY based up-and-coming trumpeters. 2014, He moved back to Japan and started performing at many jazz clubs and festivals all over Japan. "The Golden Mask" (2020) / "El valor" (2024) by regular quintet, "Air" (2021) by duo with Mayuko Katakura, "DEBUT" (2018) / "Relight Delight" (2021) by Miki Hirose Jazz Orchestra ) and other works are being released one after another.

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  • Mayuko Katakura

    At the same time as entering Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, she turned jazz to a classical piano that began in her childhood, and graduated from the university at the top. In 2002, she received a scholarship and entered Berklee College of Music. Graduated from the University with "piano achievement award" in 2004. She entered the Juilliard School in 2005 and studied piano with Kenny Barron and ensemble with Carl Allen and Ben Wolf. She has performed with many jazz icons such as Hank Jones, Donald Harrison and Eddie Henderson. In 2006, she won "Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Piano Competition" and was selected as a semi-finalist for "Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition". Currently, in addition to her own trio activities, she is leading the jazz scene in Japan as "a first call player" who is constantly attracted by many top players including Hidefumi Toki.

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Days of Delight