I’m from Japan. Since I was a baby I have been crazy about music everyday. My mother was a classical & opera vocalist and was teaching music. My father was a serious jazz fan. I grew up in a very musical environment. I started playing piano when I was a year old or so. Then, I also started to play organ when I was 6 years old. Music has been a big part of my life. I’m still exploring different types of music, compositions, recordings, different instruments & etc. So, I enjoy when my students introduce me to some new music. 🙂 I also have an online piano sheet music store called Galaxy Music Notes and upload new music weekly. In my personal life, I enjoy physical activities such as flying trapeze. At the trapeze class I’m a student. It’s great because I get to know how it feels like to be a student. 🙂
- Musashino Academia Musicae, Tokyo
- Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle
- Banff Centre of the Arts, Canada
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN MUSIC:
- Performed & toured as a concert pianist with Mikhail Baryshnikov‘s dance group and Mark Morris Dance Company in USA and Europe.
- 1 of 7 finalists of International Thelonious Monk Piano Competition at Smithsonian, Washington DC.
- A composition recorded by Frank Morgan with McCoy Tyner Trio on Fantasy Record.
- Music project on one of KCTS (public television) documentary programs about a painter Jose Rodriguez.
- Worked as one of 5 committees for ethnic music and jazz Bumbershoot Festival.
- Performed with various groups (Classical, Jazz, Caribbean, Brazilian, African, Funk & etc).
- Led 2 of her own jazz groups, ‘Mizue Murakami Quartet’, and ‘International Time & Space Co-op’
QUOTES & REVIEWS:
”A bushel of fish is introduced to justify the title just before the piano score played by Mizue Murakami recalls the hilarious funeral in the film.”
– Anna Kisselgoff
: The New York Times
”What fresh, vigorous, honest and well-articulated music !”
– Paul de Barros
: Downbeat magazine
”The solid classical/jazz backgrounds enables to alternate easily between discipline and abandon.”
– Sandra Burlingame
: Earshot Jazz
“She delivers a monogrammed recital that could easily qualify as a masterpiece.”
– Julian Priester
: legendary trombonist
”She shows originality and fresh approach to improvisation.”
– Dave Holland
: legendary bassist
“I appreciate having the opportunity to record this talented composer’s work.”
– Frank Morgan
: legendary saxophonist
“Sometime Again” is a very lyrical ballad with much thought and feeling.
– McCoy Tyner
: legendary pianist
“Mizue Murakami’s compositions are very strong original music that have to be heard.”
– Don Thompson
: legendary bassist
“expressive combination of composing and improvising”
– Jay Clayton
: legendary vocalist
Mizue Murakami is a member of Music Teachers Directory in “Music Lessons” category.