Embassy of Japan
April 18-20, 2016
Blues Alley
1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC 20007

~ Japanese Jazz Emerging Artist Series ~

Martha Kato

Monday, April 18, 2016 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM   

We are excited to welcome back Martha Kato, for an encore performance from her appearance during the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival!

Born and raised in Nagoya, Japan, Martha started taking classical piano lessons at age of three, and composition lessons at six. She has been on the stage and making recordings since childhood.

Martha's reputation as a pianist, accompanist, and composer has steadily grown with every performance. A graduate from The New School and a masters student of The Juilliard School, her interest was not only in classical music, but also world music, pop, gospel and jazz.  

Miho Hazama

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM 

Originally from Tokyo, New York-based composer Miho Hazama is a brilliant, award winning composer and arranger, drawing from many different musical sources to create her own highly distinctive and original sound.

As a composer, Ms. Hazama released her debut album "Journey to Journey" with a 13-piece chamber orchestra in 2012, which received not only "Album of the Year - New Star Award" from Jazz Japan magazine, but also universal praise from NPR, DownBeat, and JazzTimes. 

Ms. Hazama was recently honored to receive the 24th Idemitsu Music Award as a jazz composer for the first time in the awards history.

Chihiro Yamanaka

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM 

Chihiro Yamanaka, Universal Classics & Jazz recording artist, is one of the most exciting jazz pianists and composers of her generation, and the leader of the Chihiro Yamanaka Trio. 

Based in New York City, her international concert appearances have included Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Jazz Festival New York, and Tokyo Jazz Festival.

As acclaimed as Chihiro is in the U.S. and Europe, she is even more popular in Japan, where she's had an amazing series of successes, with sold-out concert tours and all the CDs reaching the #1 spot on the Japanese jazz charts.

Tickets are sold online, over the phone at (202) 337-4141, or in person at the box office from 12:00-8:00 PM. There is a $12 food/beverage minimum per person per show. 

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Seating is first come first serve. Some exceptions, restrictions and rules apply.

Doors open at 6 PM and the earliest of 9:45 PM for the second show unless otherwise posted.  

For more information, please visit http://www.bluesalley.com/

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