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BLUE NOTE & THE JAPAN FOUNDATION PRESENT: EAST MEETS WEST BRUNCH ft. MIKA MIMURA GROUP

2015-04-05
Showtime: 1:30PM
Doors Open at 1:00PM

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n/a $35.00


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East Meets West Brunch ft. Mika Mimura Group
FEATURING:
Magda Giannikou - Accordion, Vocal
Toru Dodo - Piano
Ignacio Hernandez - Guitar
Or Bareket - Bass
tba: Percussion


**Price includes brunch, music and a drink.**


Mika Mimura was born in Osaka, Japan. She began to play piano when she was 3 years old and marimba when she was 6. She joined a brass band when she was in junior high school. Her first professional engagements performing marimba were in collaboration with the Kansai Marimba Association and Japan Xylophone Association. Through her membership and affiliation with these associations, Ms. Mimura gained national exposure and acclaim, becoming a frequent guest on the popular Japanese television program, Ai-wa chikyu wo sukuu from an early age. Ms. Mimura received the Kobe Music Concert Board of Education award in 1994.



Mika began her studies in classical music at Osaka College of Music and finishing her Master's degree. She was a prolific performer during these years, joining marimba great Mariko Matsumoto's group, with whom she had the distinction to perform in concert at the designation of Yakushiji in Nara as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



In 2003, Mika was inspired by the legendary Japanese pianist Makoto Ozone to study jazz vibraphone. She attended the Berklee Mallet Week and was awarded a Berklee World Scholarship in Tokyo. She entered Berklee College of Music in the fall of 2004 and graduated in December of 2007. During her tenure at Berklee, Mika studied closely with Dave Samuels, Ed Saindon, Tiger Okoshi. She was a regular member of Phil Wilson's Rainbow Big Band and Rainbow All Stars, and Ricardo Monzon’s Guatemala Marimba. Ms. Mimura had a concert performance with jazz saxophonist Greg Osby at Berklee Performance Center. In 2007, Mika joined the group, “The Band A ecLectics”, whose leader, Petros Sakelliou, won first prize at the Thelonious Monk Institute Composition Competition. We performed at Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.



In 2008, Mika moved to New York. Mika released her first album “Precious” in 2009 with renowned artists such as Grammy Winning bassist Michael League of Snarky Puppy. She joined the group “Banda Magda”, whose leader is Magda Giannikou. The band went on tour in Europe, US, Columbia in South America. She has played with Banda Magda at such venues as the Irving Plaza, Celebrate Brooklyn, Joe’s Pub, 92Y Tribeca, as well as Blue Note.



During one of her many tours in Japan, in 2011, she had the opportunity to perform at the NHK Osaka Hall with the YS Ballet Company. This was one of her favorite performances of all time.

In 2014, Mika released album “Dreamii” These are 12 tracks all her own original composition with Grammy Winning bassist Michael League, vocalist and accordion player Magda Giannikou of Banda Magda, five-time Grammy winning drummer Mark Walker of the Paquito D'Rivera Quintet and the famous jazz vibraphonist, Warren Wolf.

Today, Mika continues to work energetically performing regardless of the genre. Her big upcoming shows will be a solo marimba performance in Tokyo in May. She is going to be on tour with Banda Magda in Canada in June.

 

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