Blah Band

Blah Band

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We are an acoustic jazz group performing creative, original, music that expresses the vitality and dynamism of improvisation. Our members are part of the up and coming scene of young musicians in New York City. We seek to create a synergy with every audience to take the music to the next level.

Biography

Art Hirahara is a jazz pianist/composer, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, now living in Brooklyn, NY. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in jazz piano performance at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA and a Bachelor of Music degree in Electronic and Computer Music from the Oberlin College Conservatory in Oberlin, OH.

In the fall of 1996, he was selected by the Arts America office of the U.S. Information Agency to serve as a "Jazz Ambassador" on a seven week tour in Qatar, Yemen, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, where he performed, lectured and conducted workshops with local musicians.

Art has performed regularly as a freelance musician at public performances, festivals, private events and at venues on the West and East Coasts. He has performed with noted musicians including Dave Douglas, Vincent Herring, Akira Tana, Rufus Reid, Wadada Leo Smith, Scott Amendola, Todd Sickafoose, Hafez Modirzadeh, royal hartigan, Anton Schwartz, Marcus Shelby, Ray Sandoval, Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra, Bob Kenmotsu, Mike Zilber, San Jose Taiko, and Helcio Milito.

Art has performed at major festivals including the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle and the Jazz Ost-West Festival in Nuremburg, Germany. He performed with his sextet at the Monterey Jazz Festival in September 2001. He has also appeared at many festivals in the Bay Area including the Stanford Jazz Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival, Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Jazz on the River (Russian River) and Jazz on the Hill (San Mateo). Art has also played in Japan at venues in Kyoto, Yokohama and Kyoto and at venues in Beijing, China.

He is a founding member and co-artistic director of the pan-Asian percussion group, Asian Crisis.

Discography

"Edge of This Earth" is a self-produced album that was released in 2000. The record is distributed in Japan through Music Camp:
http://www.m-camp.net/

Several tracks received nationwide airplay on the nationally syndicated Jazz with Bob Parlocha radio show.

The record has been re-issued by web label taymusic.net where several downloadable samples are available:
http://www.taymusic.net/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=1423&

Set List

Sets can vary from 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes depending on the performance requirements. Up to three unique full sets of music.

Sample set:
1. Noble Path - original, up-tempo seven-four groove
2. I Should Care - standard, medium swing
3. Ebb and Flow - original, Bill Evans type waltz
4. Peace Unknown - original, beautiful flowing melody
5. Shotgun Wedding - original, fifteen-four new orleans groove
6. Change Your Look - original, moody slow tune with "rock out" ending