Hiroe Sekine
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Hiroe Sekine

La Habra Heights, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2019 | SELF

La Habra Heights, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2019
Band Jazz World




"Collection of Reviews"

First Album "A-me"
-- “On the first time out, Sekine seems to do everything right: performance, group interplay, composition and creative arrangements of standards.” – Pico, All About Jazz The Best of 2010, Part 4: Mainstream and Modern Jazz
-- "A fresh, new voice on the piano!" -- KSJS-FM, San Jose
-- “Hiroe takes timeless material and takes it to a new musical dimension." -- WICU-FM, Indianapolis
-- “She is not only a brilliant pianist (as evidenced by her extended solo on "All the Things You Are"), she is also a wonderfully original arranger.” -- Rochester City Newspaper
-- “Her compositions are beautifully arranged little pieces the likes of which you don't hear every day.” -- LA Weekly
-- “Her original compositions display a sense of originality and maturity associated with artists well beyond her age.” -- Capital Public Radio, Sacramento
-- “Her arrangements are fresh and invigorating…. Four original compositions complete this debut recording from a pianist who brings both depth and musical color to her artistic canvas.” – Jazz Society of Oregon
-- “In a psychic gulf that resides somewhere post-"Kind of Blue" and post-Weather Report", this straight ahead meets fusion session delivers the goods in such quantity that failing smooth jazz stations should cast an ear in this direction. A sterling set that doesn't let you down.” –– Midwest Record
-- “During my first listen of Hiroe Sekine’s debut album A-mé, I found myself stopped in the middle of the street…. This is not your everyday ‘All the Things You Are.’ This is different. This is what it means to put a new spin on an old tune….. However, the one track I keep coming back to over and over again is her solo piano take on Cole Porter’s ‘Every Time We Say Good-Bye.’ Stripped down and to-the-point, beautiful music always speaks for itself and this is no exception. -- Aaron Craven, JazzReview.com
-- “This disc mixes the pulse of jazz with the ambience of a Japanese garden to utmost perfection.” – JazzWeekly.com

Second Album "After the Rainfall"
-- “Once in a while, we encounter an artist who just has too much talent; Hiroe Sekine falls into that category. This Japanese-born young woman is a pianist, composer, arranger and vocalist — she sings in four languages — and she excels at each skill.” – Jazz Scan
-- “Pianist Hiroe Sekine’s graceful touch and pleasant musical disposition are apparent from the first downbeat on After the Rainfall, but they don’t make this an underwhelming affair. The record certainly has its share of gentle aural pleasantries, but that isn’t the end of the story. Fusion-laced revisions of Thelonious Monk, swinging, up-tempo blues, and Brazilian getaways are also part of the package…On After the Rainfall, Sekine finds balance between the breezy and the bold as she establishes herself as a talented composer, pianist, vocalist and arranger.” -- All About Jazz
-- “After an impressive debut recording, pianist Hiroe Sekine follow things up with an equally impressive second effort, After The Rainfall …An outstanding effort from start to finish.”
-- “Sekine, flowing right along with everything, thus shows she knows all the bases and will drop more than a few jaws as listeners progress from the CD’s refined openings to its much more fiery close. Move over, Rachel Z, you’ve got company.” – Fam

Third Album "One World One Sun"
“For her third outing as a leader, One World One Sun, Hiroe takes an incremental leap both conceptually and compositionally. A remarkably ambitious undertaking, One World One Sun organically blends jazz with elements of ethnic music from around the world. Conceived and composed entirely by Hiroe, this Russell Ferrante production once again includes Peter Erskine on drums along with bassist Michael Valerio and a bevy of special guests playing instruments from their respective cultures. Each tune on this singular concept album is named for some aspect of the sun and incorporates musical scales and other elements from such diverse countries as Japan, Spain, Ireland, Morocco, Indonesia, India and Peru.” -- Liner Notes by Bill Milkowski
-- “In a world perforated by bullets of war and muddied by cultural misunderstandings, Heroe Sekine endeavors to bring people together with new music that celebrates a variety of countries, pulled lovingly under the umbrella of jazz. She has composed every track on this compact disc with the obvious intention of showing us how much alike we are and unified, instead of divided. Music can do that.” – Musicalmemoirs’s Blog
-- “Hiroe Sekine’s One World One Sun is quite a trip.I cannot recommend this new album enough.” -- Carol Banks Weber, Jazz Medium
-- “I’m telling you here and now that I chime in with Sekine herself, who, proud of her creation, is quite sure no one has quite done it before. -- Mark S. Tucker, Vampirus Vertus - Various


April, 2010: Debut CD ”a-mé” was released. Hiroe’s own compositions and arrangements of standards for a sextet, Hiroe Sekine (piano), with Bob Shephard (sax), Bob McChesney (tb), John Daversa (tp), Tony Dumas (bass), Peter Erskine (drums) et al., produced by Russel Ferrante, the keyboard player/arranger of the two-time Grammy awardee Yellow Jackets. Since the release, the CD has been constantly played by radio stations throughout the US including FM88.1 Long Beach, and was ranked no. 45 in the number of spins in the US among all jazz albums in August of 2010. The CD has been very highly acclaimed by many jazz DJ’s and critics (some examples below), and it was selected as one of the 25 best main stream and modern jazz CD’s released in 2010 by jazz critic Pico on the All About Jazz website. 

In March 2012, the second album “After the Rainfall” was released with equally creative compositions and new arrangements, again with Russell Ferrante producing and acclaimed musicians like Bob Shephard (sax).
March 2017 marks a major step forward for Hiroe with a release of her third album, One World One Sun, by a major label, Sony Music Direct in Japan. The Aquarian Weekly magazine picked this album as the best album of the Worldbeat CDs of 2017.
Her fourth album "Hiroe's Spirit" was released from Blue Canoe Records in 2019, with a collection of classical-music inspired jazz piece arrangements, and fresh jazz arrangements of some classical pieces, as well Hiroe's new compositions. 



Hiroe Sekine has been playing and singing jazz including bossa nova and pops for many years at various venues in Japan and in the US. She has released four albums, including a recent CD released from Sony Music. Has won numerous acclaims, including first place for International Songwriting Competition, Best Album in World Beat by Aquarium magazine, one of top 25 best jazz albums released in 2010 by a critic.
Hiroe usually plays as a piano trio with bass and drums, or with a flute. She also performs as a flute-piano duo. 

Hiroe also sings while playing piano in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Japanese.

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