A musician in making. A woman. A mom. A wife. An adventurer and freedom seeker. A spiritually growing person (but with no religious association).
I grew up in Japan learning to play the piano just like many other little Japanese girls, taking classical piano lessons. After learning to play great music like Bach, Beethoven sonatas and Chopin, took a long break from piano, being busy with college, work, and other fun things.
When I moved to North America to marry and had no work but plenty of time to kill, I finally came back to playing music. Signed up for a jazz combo class in Montreal, Canada and got hooked ever since. After moving to Chico, California, met a mentor and earned a master's degree in Jazz Studies at California State University of Chico, just in case a degree might come handy to survive in a foreign country.
Playing many jazz gigs in Chico ever since, with my own group or collaborating with many other musicians. I also love playing salsa music and Cuban music, which I have been trying to learn more and more by taking workshops and collaborating with musicians who are experienced in those genres. If anyone has that kind of gigs for me in Sacramento or Bay Area, I'd be happy to go play.
Released my first album, "Chapter 3" in 2018 and currently working on a new album.
My passion is to learn and grow as a musician, become the person I want to be everyday, and live a good life.