May
1

Blog about composing

I was invited to write a blog article for International Society of Jazz Arrangers & Composers.
I had fun thinking and writing about my composing process.
Thanks so much for your invitation, Paul!

Asuka Kakitani: My personal perspective on composing

Dec
16

Jerome Fund for New Music funded by the Jerome Foundation

I am very honored to be one of the recipients for Jerome Fund for New Music funded by the Jerome Foundation with such excellent composers!
Congratulations to my fellow recipients Aleksandr Brusentsev, Stephanie Chou, Lamar M Lamar, Brian Mark, JP Merz, Brian Petuch, Joe Phillips, Leaha Maria Villarreal, and Samuel Wells! Thank you so much, American Composers Forum! I’m super excited to have a new journey with a great percussionist, Dave Hagedorn!


 

May
29

The NYJWJC 2nd Concert!

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Jan
20

My debut as an interviewer!

My debut as an interviewer;) Thanks to Kris Davis for her very interesting story about her music and motherhood!!! Also thanks to Ota Masafumi and Jazz Hihyou Magazine for the opportunity!!!

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Jan
20

NY Japanese Women Jazz Composers

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Special one night event where you can enjoy the magnificent combination of modern jazz music, fine Japanese sake, and Valentine’s Day-themed treats!!
-DATE: February 14, 2016 (Sun)
-TIME: Open 3:30PM /Performance 4:00PM- 7:00PM
-VENUE: ShapeShifter Lab (http://www.shapeshifterlab.com/)
18 Whitewell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215/ 646-820-9452

**Get your ticket online**
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2479262

COMPOSERS:
Miho Hazama
Asuka Kakitani
Migiwa Miyajima
Meg Okura
Noriko Ueda
NY-Japanese Women Jazz Composers (NYJWJC) is aiming for a cultural exchange and understanding through the presentation of a mixture of Japanese culture and the American music of jazz interpreted by five Japanese women composers.

The concert will feature five award winning NY-based women Japanese jazz composers, Miho Hazama, Asuka Kakitani, Migiwa Miyajima, Meg Okura, and Noriko Ueda. The 17-piece Sakura Jazz Orchestra, comprised of some of New York’s most established modern big band musicians, will be conducted by several of composers while others will play in the ensemble.

This special night will feature not only great music by Japanese women jazz composers but will also represent other fine Japanese culture.

For this first event, NYJWJC will collaborate with sake sommelier Kazuhiro Kinoshita who will select specific sake to capture the character of each individual composition. Valentine’s Day themed food will also be provided.

OUR PARTNERS:
-Wine Of Japan Sake Juku – Sake
-MarieBelle New York – Chocolates http://mariebelle.com/
-WASAN Brooklyn – (TBD) http://wasan-ny.com/
-Rokkaku Tobo by Ritsuko Moore – Special ceramic cups for sake http://ritsukomoore.com/

ORGANIZERS:
-NY Japanese Women Jazz Composers (NYJWJC)
Follow us! https://www.facebook.com/NYJPFJCC/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
-ShapeShifter Plus (501 Non-profit organization) http://www.shapeshifterplus.org/

May
22

JC Sanford Orchestra New CD is OUT

Wonderful composer/trombonist/conductor, and my awesome husband JC Sanford’s new CD,
“Views from the Inside” is out on Whirlwind Recordings!

It’s available now at Whirlwind Recordings as well as iTunes.
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Here is a video JC talks about his new CD!

Jan
1

The Best Jazz Albums of 2013 on Lucid Culture

Happy New Year!
Thank you so much for your great support last year.
I wish you all a peaceful, healthy, and happy year!

My album “Bloom” was selected as one of the Best Jazz Albums of 2013 on Lucid Culture. Thank you so much!

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Dec
24

2013 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

I’m thrilled to be on the list of 2013 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll as one of the debut albums!
Thank you so much for your love and support!
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Dec
16

Best Releases of 2013 (All About Jazz)

I’m honored to be included in Dan Bilawsky’s Best Releases of 2013!
I appreciate that my music reached someone who listens so thoughtfully and expresses himself so genuinely.
Thank you so much, Dan!
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Sep
7

Interview in Jazz Critique Magazine September 2013 issue (Japan)

My interview by Masafumi Ota in Jazz Critique Magazine September 2013 issue in Japan.

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