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Hiroe Sekine

Jazz Pianist, Vocalist, Composer, Arranger

A native of Japan and graduate of University of Sourthern California (USC) Thornton School of Music (Jazz Studies), Hiroe Sekine is a jazz pianist, vocalist, composer and arranger living in the Los Angeles area and performing at many venues, including the highly prestigious Jazz Concert Series at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in 2014 and 2016, with the entire two-hour performance of 2016 including her interview broadcast on the nation-wide jazz station KJZZ 88.1FM.

Her debut album, ”a-mé” (rain) released in 2010 was selected one of the best 25 of all jazz albums released that year by “All About Jazz”. Her second album “After the Rainfall” was named “Best Music of 2012” by the internet site “Bluefat”. Her third album “One World One Sun” was released by Sony Music in 2017 with a collection of her original compositions each themed on the musical culture of a country or territory of the world. The Aquarian Weekly magazine, widely read in the New York area, selected it as the BEST ALBUM in the Worldbeat category of 2017. One of the tracks from the album, Japan-themed “Nippon Barre” was awarded FIRST PLACE by the International Songwriting Competition in the jazz category in 2017.

Hiroe has studied with Alan Pasqua, Russell Ferrante, and other noted pianists, and played and recorded with Bob Sheppard, Peter Erskine, Alex Acuña, Larry Koonse, Akira Jimbo, Tony Dumas, and many others. Her fourth album, “Hiroe’s Spirit” is scheduled to be released in summer 2019. All her four albums were produced by Russell Ferrante, the composer/pianist of the two-time Grammy awardee Yellowjackets. Hiroe is scheduled to appear at LACMA this year again.