A native of Japan, Hiroe Sekine has been living in the Los Angeles area since 1993, performing at many venues, festivals, and others, including the Jazz Concert Series at Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA) in 2014 and 2016. Hiroe studied jazz at USC (University of Southern California) Thornton School of Music.
Her debut album, ”a-mé” (rain) was released in 2010 with her own compositions and unique arrangements of jazz standards for a sextet: Hiroe (piano), Bob Shephard (soprano saxophone and flute), Tony Dumas (bass), Peter Erskine (drums) and other renowned musicians, produced by Russell Ferrante of Yellowjackets. This album was selected one of the best 25 albums released in 2010 by the website “All About Jazz”.
In March 2012, her second album “After the Rainfall” was released with new compositions and arrangements together with her piano and vocals, Bob Shephard, Larry Koonse (guitar), Peter Erskine, and others, produced also by Russell Ferrante. This album was awarded “Best Music of 2012” by the internet site “Bluefat”. Her composition “So, but, anyway” from this album became the finalist of the International Songwriter’s Competition of 2015. Both albums received numerous other high acclaims from jazz critics, and the tracks are constantly played by jazz radio stations throughout the US and used as inserts by NPR radio.
Hiroe is currently preparing for the release of her third album, again with Russell Ferrante producing, and many renowned musicans participating with different instruments. It is planned to be premiered at her forthcoming performance at LACMA on October 14th, 2016.