Ayako Shirasaki

Ayako Shirasaki

 Brooklyn, New York, USA
BandJazz

"...a highly enjoyable album by a new jazz star in the making."
- AllAboutJazz-New York - September 2010
about her new CD "Falling Leaves - Live in Hamburg"

"Jazz improvisation at the highest level." - Jazzthetik, German Jazz Magazine, April 2009

Biography

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Jazz pianist and composer Ayako Shirasaki, a frequent finalist in major U.S. jazz piano competitions, has been sharing her dramatic improvisational approach with listeners worldwide for the past 10 years. The German Jazz Magazine Jazzthetik had this to say about her 2009 tour: World class. Jazz improvisation at the highest level. Marc Myers of JazzWax.com recently raved: "Listening to Ayako's new and 4th CD Falling Leaves Live in Hamburg you will quickly notice that Ayako has been most strongly influenced by bebop dynamos Bud Powell and Tommy Flanagan. But she also favors the hypersensitive Bill Evans and robust Phineas Newborn Jr."

Recognized in her native Japan as a jazz prodigy (in the 5th grade she was already transcribing Bud Powell solos), Ayako Shirasaki has won many major prizes, including the prestigious Grand Prize at the Asakusa Jazz Competition. Ayako's professional career began at the tender age of 12, when she began appearing regularly at the "J" jazz club in Tokyo. Her extraordinary talent was soon recognized by the jazz media, and she was featured in Japan's leading jazz magazine Swing Journal. Ayako, who now lives in New York, has performed at the Blue Note, Birdland, Dizzys Jazz Club etc. "Shes awfully good: rhapsodic when the material demands but still quite capable of swinging with Powellish drive." - Paul Blair, Hot House Jazz Magazine

Discography

Numerous songs received airplay for example on WBGO in New York, KSDS in Califonia or WDNA in Florida...

Ayako released two self-produced CDs in 2002, “Live in New York” with her trio and “The Duo Live” with vibraphonist Tim Collins. In August 2003, her major debut CD “Existence” (Lewis Nash on drums, Marco Panascia on bass) was released in Japan. Her second major CD “Musically Yours” was released in June, 2005. In April 2006, Ayako’s long-waited solo piano album "Home Alone" was released. Additionally she has been featured on Marian McPartlands "An NPR Jazz Christmas with Marian McPartland and Friends, Vol. 3" and recently on "Best of 1st International Jazz Solo Piano Festival 2009".

Ayako's new CD - live solo piano recorded at the prestigious Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Germany - had been officially released on 7th of September 2010 and is called "Falling Leaves - Live in Hamburg".

Press about the new CD:
“…a highly enjoyable album by a new jazz star in the making.”
---AllAboutJazz-New York - September 2010

“Ayako is fast on her way to becoming a leading jazz light and fresh voice in the crowded field of performing jazz piano stars."
---Marc Myers, JazzWax.com, September 2010

Set List

The typical set list consists of original songs and standards from the great american song book.