Master Class with Chihiro Yamanaka, one of the most important pianists of the contemporary jazz scene.
Swing, rhythm, fender rhodes scattered among the folds of her songs. An endless carousel of musical solutions never predictable, always surprising. All seasoned with an enviable piano technique and an impeccable style. This is why the music of Chihiro Yamanaka is listened to with so much pleasure, between standards and original themes that find the way to be appreciated.
Another not insignificant detail is the sense of melody that she holds, some critics compare it to Petrucciani, others to Oscar Peterson. It is no coincidence that she is one of the young musicians most in demand by the gotha of international jazz.
Credits for academic courses: 1/2 CFA
Chihiro Yamanaha bio
Fifteen albums under her name with Verve Records, and since 2014 with the legendary Blue Note Records, best pianist in Japan and acclaimed in the USA, Chihiro Yamanaka is among the most important pianists of the contemporary jazz scene.
Native of Tokyo but currently living in New York, in recent years she has performed in piano solo, in trio and with Orchestras in the most important halls of the world. She has performed with prominent jazz names, including Clark Terry, Gary Burton, George Russell, Curtis Fuller, Ed Thigpen, Nancy Wilson, George Benson and Herbie Hancock. Her debut album "Living Without Friday", in 2001, immediately placed her among the most welcome surprises on the international music scene.
George Russell called her "a very gifted and creative musician" and the Japanese magazine Jazz Life described her as "one of the greatest talents in jazz in recent decades".