About Hiroe


hiroe-sekine-profile2016HIROE SEKINE    

Jazz Pianist
Composer/Arranger

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 Sheppard (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 by a major label, Sony Music Direct, with new compositions and arrangements together with her piano and vocals, Bob Sheppard, 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”. 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.

In 2014, Hiroe was invited to play in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Jazz Concert Series, a highly prestigious event for LA jazz musicians. In 2016, Hiroe was invited again, this time with her entire two-hour show and interview being broadcast over FM88.1 KJZZ throughout the US.

During this period she devoted her time in writing new pieces of music, including those for her next album. Her composition “So, but, anyway” became the finalist of the International Songwriter’s Competition of 2015.

In 2017, for her third outing as a leader, One World One Sun, Hiroe takes an incremental leap both conceptually and compositionally. A remarkably ambitious undertaking, One World One Sun organically blends jazz with elements of ethnic music from around the world. Conceived and composed entirely by Hiroe, this Russell Ferrante production includes Peter Erskine and Alex Acuña on drums along with bassist Michael Valerio and a bevy of special guests playing instruments from their respective cultures. Each tune on this singular concept album is named for some aspect of the sun and incorporates musical scales and other elements from such diverse countries as Japan, Spain, Ireland, Morocco, Indonesia, India and Peru.

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