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(photo credit: Barry Davis)
Next month local jazz fans will have another chance to catch the spellbinding on-stage performance of dynamic jazz pianist Hiromi Uehara - known simply as Hiromi.
Last August, the 26 year old Japanese-born New York resident musician had her audiences literally jiving in the aisles as she blew them away at the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat. On February 4 (at 9 p.m.) she will appear at Hangar 11 in the Port of Tel Aviv and at the Zappa Club on the following day (at 7:45 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.).
Since the release of her 2003 debut album Another Mind, Hiromi has emerged as one of the leading lights of the new breed of young jazz-oriented acts - including the likes of singer Nora Jones and high energy trio The Bad Plus - that draw their inspiration from a wide of range of traditional and contemporary sources. Hiromi cites her influences as "Bach and Liszt, [veteran jazz pianists] Ahmad Jamal and Oscar Peterson, Sly and the Family Stone, [progressive metal band] Dream Theatre and King Crimson." Add to that a teenaged career in classical music, including performances with some of Europe's leading orchestras, and several years studying jazz at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and you end up with one well-rounded artist. Don't expect anything ordinary when she performs here.