About Me

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I practise a holistic approach of music making. I question and explore what’s in between abstract and concrete, improvising and composing, and the myriad forms the Nature takes. Things unknown, invisible and inaudible between our roles, cultures, languages, attitudes, and beliefs, all these things are the vibrations I practise listening to, through the act of making music.

Teaching and the effort to teach taught me a lot. So I am most thankful for my students and my children.

I was born in Yokohama, Japan, and have been playing the piano since I was four, and the whole time I spent in Japan, till I was 22. As soon as I graduated from Toho University of Music in Tokyo I moved to Ireland. It took a long time and some turbulence of life before my music and life started to grow together. Very slowly, life and music started becoming intertwined with each other, and they are becoming one.

I have been lucky to work with many great musicians and wonderful people from both classical and jazz/improvised music fields. Musicians and ensembles I worked with include RTECO, Crash Ensemble, Ergodos, Music 21, Michael d’Arcy, Bill Dowdall, Kenneth Edge, Ben Dwyer, Cora Venus Lunny and many more from the world of classical music, and Ronan Guilfoyle, Barry Guy, Gerry Hemingway, Tommy Halferty, Michael Buckley, Dominique Pifarély, Benoît Delbecq, Stéphane Payen, Marco Colonna, Sarah Buechi and many more from the world of jazz/improvised music. The festivals I enjoyed performing in Ireland and abroad include RTE Living Music Festival, Boyle Arts Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Bray Jazz Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ghent Street Festival of New Music in Belgium, Music 21’s ‘Brazil Now’, ‘Artes Da Irlanda’ in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and Creative Connexions in Sitges, Spain, and many more.

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RECENT ALBUMS

Folding

Folding – Available now from Farpoint Recordings BandCamp Reviews startlingly beautiful – Irish Times I could not ask for more from music. – Journal of Music  graceful

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