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November 23, 2014
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Eishin Nose is a jazz pianist, composer and arranger, currently residing in New York City. He has drawn worldwide attention for his unique vision, free creative style and passionate expression. As a performer and composer, he possesses a distinct voice with individual lyrical melodious, rich sophisticated harmonies, boldly dynamic rhythms and effortlessly cool undertones.
Eishin grew up in the town of Otaru in Hokkaido, Japan. He began studying classical piano at the age of 4. At age 10, he began mastering the clarinet and collaborating with an orchestra. By the age of 19, Eishin started performing professionally as a music artist and embarked on his journey to becoming a world-renowned jazz musician.
Eishin moved to California in 1992 to study at Foothill College, where he performed as pianist in a jazz band. He joined the jazz vocal group, Fun Fair, which toured venues and jazz festivals around the Bay Area. Fun Fair released their first album in 1995, and won the 18th Annual Downbeat Magazine Award. Later that year, Eishin moved to New York City, where he enrolled at the renowned Mannes College The New School for Music, where he obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music. He studied with Richie Beirach, Jackie Byard, Phil Markowiz, Barry Harris and Russ Lossing, as well as classical pianist Herman Diaz.
Eishin has collaborated with dozens of phenomenal musicians over the years including, James Cammack, Matt Wilson, Gregorie Maret, Yosuke Inoue, Eliot Zigmund, Sumiko Yoseyama, Brooklyn Gig Band, and many others.
“Here Now Hear,” Eishin’s first album, was released in 2001, featuring Yosuke Inoue on bass, Matt Wilson on drums, and Gregorie Maret on harmonica. One of his compositions, Remember to Remember, was featured on the international television channel News Express FCI in the United States and JSTV FNN NEWS in Europe.
In 2003, Eishin was awarded the 95th Annual Gold Disc Award by the popular Japanese Jazz magazine, “Swing Journal.” In 2009, Eishin was awarded the S&R Washington Award. He is the only person to win this award for jazz.
Eishin's dynamic and lyrical sounds coupled with his bold and adventurous qualities as a composer and jazz performer, find him making numerous appearances at such legendary venues as the BLUE NOTE, Stone and Knitting Factory in New York City, as well as Kitara Hall, Ooga Hall and BLUE NOTE in Japan.
In addition to his jazz works, Eishin has also collaborated with the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra in Japan, improvising on the George Gershwin classic Rhapsody in Blue, to prodigious acclaim.
Eishin’s portfolio exceeds one hundred pieces of original music and eight albums. His innovative works have been heard on television and films. Most recently his works were in the feature film, "The Moment, Desire of Photographer," directed by Keibun Miyamoto.
A concert by Eishin and percussionist/arranger Satoshi in 2009 became a live album entitled, "The Gate,” which is a unique piano and percussion duo with a set list of Eishin's original tunes. The two challenged themselves to play without a bass, which took them in a completely different direction, opening up Eishin's score to greater free improvisational expression. The duo finds that their music continues to change rhythm and harmony on the spot, and their sound has evolved into a wonderful interpretation of all different music styles within the groundwork of jazz.
With this partnership, Satoshi has taken distinct steps off the beaten path, experimenting with new sounds and beats that have taken the duo to tread innovative new roads. Eishin discovered new ways to play, utilizing a complex pattern of left hand fingering while simultaneously releasing his right hand for freer accompaniment. Eishin Nose continues to explore multi-cultural music as an innovative improviser and composer conveying his intrinsic talent and unique sound to people all over the world.