Brooklyn, NY, USA, January 23, 2011
Frequent finalist in major U.S. jazz piano competitions and internationally performing jazz pianist Ayako Shirasaki has launched her new website, www.ayakoshirasaki.com.
The website features everything Ayako related. Biography, News, Schedule, Discography store-implemented, Video & Media. Fans of her music can now listen to tracks in the site-wide music player as well […]
Press Ayako Shirasaki, JP
Brooklyn, NY, USA, January 23, 2011
- Nabil Atassi in Jazzthetik - 01/02 2011 on page 81.
“The consistent performance and interpretation of jazz standards has become rare in this era of ultra-modern formations. But in autumn when the nights get longer and colder and when long time audiophile evenings in living rooms with carefully positioned high-fidelity speakers are more comfortable again, […]
jazztimes.com (Wilbert Sostre) 7th November 2010 about Ayako’s new CD “Falling Leaves - Live in Hamburg”:
Just a few notes out of Ayako Shirasaki’s piano are enough to realize you are listening to a very special musician. With her amazing combination of feeling, inventiveness and impressive virtuosity, Ayako is one of those musicians that make an […]
“Ayako Shirasaki takes you on a musical journey through a rich musical landscape of time-honored classics interpreted with grace and finesse. Falling Leaves is not your typical solo piano outing, it contains several magical moments listeners will turn to often.”
Eward Blanco for www.ejazznews.com on 19. Oct. 2010.
Please read the full review by clicking here: full […]
- Joel Roberts in AllAboutJazz-New York - September 2010 | No. 101 on page 28.
Click here to go directly to this review in AllAboutJazz-New York (pdf download)
“A former jazz piano prodigy in her native Japan (she transcribed Bud Powell solos at the age of five and was performing regularly at Tokyo jazz clubs by 12), […]
Like Hiromi, Tokyo native Ayako Shirasaki (who currently resides in New York) was a classically trained prodigy who discovered jazz early (influences include Bud Powell and Art Tatum) and was soon amassing awards. Often playing with grand orchestral flourishes , she’s been praised for her intricate harmonies, strong melodic sense and powerfully rhythmic approach to […]
“Ayako Shirasaki added the final touches to an evening of piano virtuoso expression with an exceptionally playful yet respectful interpretation of Dizzy Gillespie’s “Con Alma” then turning in a charming performance on the classical-waltz standard “Someday My Prince Will Come.”
For the finale piece of the set and concert, the lady challenges herself on a complicated […]
Olaf Maikopf about Ayako Shirasaki’s CD “Musically Yours” in Jazzthetik, Feb. 2010, page 59
“Several weeks ago, the classically trained pianist Ayako Shirasaki was to be experienced on German concert stages (presented by Jazzthetik).
Until now, there are five CDs to be heard from the japanese, but already some time in New York-based artist - “Musically Yours” […]
“World class” - Concert Review - CD Release Tour for “Best of 1st International Jazz Solo Piano Festival 2009″Dec 19th, 2009 | By Jan Matthies | Category: Press Ayako Shirasaki, JP
Nabil Atassi about Ayako Shirasaki’s concerts in Hamburg for the German Jazz Magazine Jazzthetik, Dec. 2009, page 66
“Improvisation, interpretation or composition? This question arises from the possibility of being able to experience the jazz pianist Ayako Shirasaki on two consecutive evenings with completely different formations. The conditions of the two concerts in Hamburg could not […]