I have been playing music ever since I can remember. Growing up in a small town in Japan I always dreamed of living and singing in New York City, like Billie Holiday. I’ve been enchanted with her music since I was little. I’ve been lucky enough to be compared to many musicians that I admire including Nina Simone and Bjork. I have traveled all over the United States and Canada, sometimes by myself and sometimes with my band. My band is wonderfully colorful with a unique casts, but since 2012, Rebekah has been an integral part of my creative process and performances. Rebekah and I met playing with the Main Squeeze Orchestra, an all female accordion orchestra.
This year I’m about to launch my 4th album, something that’s been in the making for the last 3 years. It was not my intention for it to take this long but the album kept on getting bigger and bigger. It’s been a fantastic whirlwind of a journey and I can’t thank all the talented people who have generously contributed their time and creativity enough. The songs remain as eclectic as before if not more so, drawing inspiration from unexpected places, such as Jack Kerouac, Sherlock Holmes and a Woody Allen movie to name a few. As in the past some of my imaginary friends (muses) will be making appearances, these include a trapeze artist named Miss Scarlet and her best friend Zoe the circus elephant. Stay tuned for more on this.
Besides writing songs for the next Miwa Gemini release, I was recently asked to be part of some other exciting projects, including Steve Buscemi’s odd ball talk show, Park Bench. I got to write a slew of songs for this off beat gem including the theme song “What a Life” and a whole cast singalong “Park Bench.” Rebekah and I also appear on the show as part of the Main Squeeze Orchestra.
With the new website, I am also launching a new project called “52 covers in 52 weeks.” Since becoming a mom, I’m having difficulty finding quiet moments to sit down and compose music so I came up this idea to get more practice in and keep me creative. I don’t have any method for picking the songs, just whatever takes my fancy. You can subscribe to my youtube channel to follow me on this adventure!
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