Fundraising Jazz/Crossover Live

Sat. April 13 at 7 PM

Hiroko Minakami, piano/composition

She is one of popular pianists in Japan.

Critics call her "Queen of Classical Crossover"   “Etranger of Classical world” because she has expanded the fan base of classical music with her witty talk, vocals, and her original music, tango, folk, gypsy music. She studied piano  at the University of Music and  Arts Vienna ,Musashino Academia of Music(Tokyo) and Moscow Conservatory.

1989- professional debut in Melbourne, Australia. Performed throughout Australia. 

Since returning to Japan in 1996, she has given more than 3,000 concerts all over the world and Universities, Commemorative performanc that have been invited to give lectures and performances(overseas). She has released 12 CDs, all of which are hits.  The original song was also used as the theme song for Japanese TV programs. Also her autobiography hit the bestseller list in publisher.

She is a Music director of Hokuriku International music festival. 

(Ishikawa, Toyama)

Kana Miyamoto, flute

Kana Miyamoto is a New York-based flutist, educator, and composer originally from Chiba, Japan. Kana is the winner of the National Flute Association Jazz Masterclass competition in 2022 and has also been awarded the "Up-and-Coming Artist Overseas Training" grant by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in Japan in 2002. In 2014, Kana moved to New York to pursue a performance degree from The New School.  Kana released her band Kanacept's debut album ‘Spring Doze’ in 2017, followed by a successful six-city tour in Japan in 2018. Their second mini-album, ‘Dancer in the Galaxy,’ was released in 2020, and ‘In the Forest ~ flute and kora field recording project~’ in 2021. Additionally, Kana holds a degree in Music from the Tokyo College of Music.

Moto Fukushima, bass

Born in Kobe, Japan, and currently based in NYC, Moto Fukushima is a distinguished six-string bass player, composer, and shamisen player. He received the Outstanding Performer Award before graduating Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music. Moto's musical style is a unique combination of Western classical music, Japanese traditional music, and African-inspired music of South America, which is evident in his jazz improvisation. His playing is characterized by a remarkable blend of finesse, subtlety, and power.

Moto is a co-leader of the Brooklyn-based power trio, House of Waters. The band has released seven studio albums on the Grammy Award-winning group Snarky Puppy's GroundUp label, with the album "House of Waters" reaching #2 on the iTunes World Music chart, and the album “Rising” hitting #4 on the iTunes Jazz chart. 

House of Waters’ 10th album with the drummer Antonio Sanchez is nominated for the 66th Grammy Award Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

His music has been featured in the Sports Emmy Award-winning piece on ESPN's "E60," and he won 3rd place in the International Songwriting Competition in 2014. Moto has also been the recipient of the ASCAP Plus Award.

Yoshiki Miura, guitar

Moved to the United States in 1981, 

Graduated from Berkley College of Music in 1985, and moved to New York.

He will participate in JVC Jazz Festival etc. 

He released


In 2000, he contributed a song to the popular TV drama "Sex and City".

In 2003 and 2005 he released CDs on the EMI label as part of the Amaliagre group.

Bruno Razafindrakoto, e.bass

Bruno Razafindrakoto is a multi-instrumentalst, composer, and educator. Born in Madagascar.

played jazz piano and later focused on electric Bass. 

He moved to the 1994, and has been a member of the UNSRC, United Nations.


He is also a producer for NY Valiha, promoting musicians from Madagascar, from other countries.

Seiji Ochiai, drums

Born in Japan,

Studied with a legendary Jazz drummer, Charli Persip.

Since has been playing at various Jazz venues such as Blue Note, Iridium, Dizzy’s Coca-Cola,

Kitano, Lenox Lounge, Cleopatra’s Needle etc.

Performed with Linda Presgrave, Ken McIntyre, Ed Cherry, Duke Jones, Kuni Mikami among others.

Franchesca Prihasti, piano

Originally from Indonesia and now based in New York City, Francesca Prihasti is a jazz pianist/composer.

Prihasti graduated from New York University in 2018 (MMus).

Prihasti has performed at various jazz venues and festivals such as Motion Blue Jakarta, Java Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival.


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