Kyoko Oyobe, piano
David King, drums
Francois Moutin, bass
Chris Speed, tenor sax & clarinet
**Price includes brunch, music and a drink.**
The Japanese-born pianist, composer Kyoko Oyobe has been a mainstay in the New York jazz scene since 2005. She started playing piano at the age of four. At the age of 17 her mother started inviting famous Japanese musicians, such as Terumasa Hino to give concerts at their home. At the age of 19 she was greatly inspired by a live performance of Kensaku Tanikawa and began playing jazz piano. In 2000 she started traveling to New York. She studied underFrank Hewitt, Jean Michel Pilc and Gil Coggins. In October 2005 she moved to New York and it didn’t take long for Kyoko to make her mark. She started performing with her own group at New York City’s renowned jazz clubs, such as Smalls Jazz Club and Fat Cat. In December 2008 she made a live recording of her original music with the group, Kyoko Oyobe Trio at Smalls Jazz Club that gave birth to the album, “Cookin’ at Smalls” released in 2009.
Since then she has been performing and composing internationally with such notables as Chris Parker, Tom Harrell, Victor Lewis, Steve Wilson, Matt Wilson, Bill McHenry, Francois Moutin, Clifford Barbaro, Joe Magnarelli, Sophie Alour, Sylvia Cuenca, to name a few. She has headlined at many well-known jazz venues in New York, such as the Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, The Kitano, Garage, 55 Bar, Fat Cat, Sofia’s, etc. In Japan, she is also known for touring regularly with her trio at Body and Soul (Tokyo), Left Alone (Ashiya), Speak Low (Hiroshima), New Combo (Fukuoka), Renaiss Hall (Okayama) and many others. In October 2011, Kyoko had a special three-week French tour in which she was invited to share her music with French female artists throughout many Jazz clubs in Paris. Her prowess as a superlative jazz pianist is recognized internationally by musical peers who regularly invite her to accompany them.
For the past five years she has been composing and arranging for her trio with Michael O’Brien and Clifford Barbaro with who she plays regularly in the New York area and also tours with in Japan. As her musical compositions evolved, she recently crafted a new vehicle for her prolific writing and arranging skills with The Kyoko Oyobe Quartet featuring Steve Wilson, Michael O’Brien and Matt Wilson; an open and adventurous musical collaboration that render a magical performance.
Kyoko Oyobe is a gifted artist who explores different modes of expression conveyed within a subtext of intimacy found in duets with trumpeters, like Tom Harrell and Joe Magnerelli or through original compositions inspiring and reflected in novels by the renowned Japanese novelist, Rui Kodemari. She travels through music instilling an essence and distinct color that borrow from Be-Bop to Brazilian and Free Jazz to French-Impressionist, early 20th century voicings, yet sealing her own inimitable style.