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Art Hirahara (2003)

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Art Hirahara is a jazz pianist/composer, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, now living in Brooklyn, NY. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in jazz piano performance at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA and a Bachelor of Music degree in Electronic and Computer Music from the Oberlin College Conservatory in Oberlin, OH.

In the fall of 1996, he was selected by the Arts America office of the U.S. Information Agency to serve as a "Jazz Ambassador" on a seven week tour in Qatar, Yemen, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, where he performed, lectured and conducted workshops with local musicians.

Art has performed regularly as a freelance musician at public performances, festivals, private events and at venues around the United States, including Birdland, The Jazz Standard and the 55 Bar in New York City. He has performed with notable musicians such as Dave Douglas, Vincent Herring, Stacey Kent, Akira Tana, Rufus Reid, Wadada Leo Smith, Victor Lewis, Jim Black, Bill McHenry, Nate Radley, Jenny Scheinman, Take Toriyama, Sean Nowell, Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra, Scott Amendola, Todd Sickafoose, Hafez Modirzadeh, royal hartigan, Anton Schwartz, Marcus Shelby, Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra, Eric Crystal, Bob Kenmotsu, Chuck Sher, San Jose Taiko, and Helcio Milito.

Art has performed at major festivals including the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle and the Jazz Ost-West Festival in Nuremburg, Germany. He performed with his sextet at the Monterey Jazz Festival in September 2001. Art has also played at venues extensively in Asia including in Kyoto, Yokohama, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

He has composed music for the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors, a San Francisco-based comedy/theater group, as well as for the Asian American Theater Company. He is a founding member and co-artistic director of the pan-Asian percussion group, Asian Crisis.

Art has studied performance and composition with Dave Douglas, Charlie Haden, Joe La Barbera, Neal Creque, Jimmy Owens, Wadada Leo Smith and David Roitstein.

His CD entitled "Edge of This Earth" was self-released in August of 2000.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Oscar Peterson My Favorite Instrument Body and Soul (Verve)
# 2 Clifford Brown, featuring Helen Merrill Compact Jazz Yesterdays (Emarcy)
# 3 Maria Schneider Coming About Love Theme from "Spartacus" (ENJA)
# 4 Bill Evans Portrait in Jazz What Is This Thing Called Love? (OJC)
# 5 Brad Mehldau The Art of the Trio, Vol. 2 Countdown (Warner Bros)
# 6 John Coltrane A Love Supreme Resolution (Impulse)
# 7 Joe Henderson Lush Life Lush Life (Verve)
# 8 Miles Davis The Complete Concert: 1964 (My Funny Valentine and "Four" & More) Stella by Starlight (Columbia)
Book Walpola Sri Rahula, "What the Buddha Taught"
Luxury Item A guitar
Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
Alt 1 Kenny Barron Wanton Spirit N/A (Verve)
Alt 2 Clifford Brown Clifford Brown with Strings N/A (Emarcy)
Alt 3 Herbie Hancock Headhunters N/A (Columbia)
Alt 4 Shakti The Best of Shakti N/A (Moment)
Alt 5 Wayne Shorter Speak No Evil N/A (Blue Note)
Alt 6 Take 6 Take 6 N/A (Reprise)
Castaways by date
Steve Adams
30 May
Cheryl Bentyne
17 Oct
Will Bernard
11 Apr
Barbara Borden
21 Mar
Jim Butler
13 Jun
Ian Carey
21 Feb
Judy Chaikin
17 Jan
Mike Clark
10 Oct
Freddy Cole
21 Nov
Beth Custer
01 Aug
Harry Duncan
03 Oct
Kai Eckhardt
03 Jan
Lisa Engelken
26 Sep
Don Friedman
07 Nov
Roger Glenn
05 Dec
Kimberly Gordon
28 Mar
Marty Grosz
29 Aug
Alex Hahn
08 Aug
Bill Holman
28 Feb
Tommy Igoe
07 Mar
Namita Kapoor
22 Aug
27 Jun
Lisa Mezzacappa
24 Oct
25 Jul
Glenn Richman
15 Aug
Alfredo Rodriguez
25 Apr
Dan Sabanovich
02 May
Grant Stewart
12 Dec
Judy Wexler
04 Apr