Takako brings warm, happy & nostalgic sound to you. She creates (J)azz standards and old Japanese folk songs to relive and tell a story. Takako was born and raised on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. Her singing career started on this island & continued at the Yamaha Music Academy in Sapporo. Later, she discovered the art of (J)azz transitioning from the world of Japanese pop songs to the universal language of (J)azz standards. Since coming to Los Angeles, Takako has performed on a variety of studio recording projects & live performances. She has worked w/ some of the finest musicians in the world such as Russell Ferrante, Tamir Hendelman, Otamaro Ruis, Tony Dumas, Ralph Penland, Alex Cline & Peter Erskine among others to bring audiences a wonderful & unique sound that evokes a nostalgic blend of exotic worldliness. Takako's debut CD " Common Ground " was released on February 2010 produced by world renowned drummer Peter Erskine.
Having studied under scholarship in the renowned University of North Texas (J)azz program, Hiro has won many awards including the 3rd place in the Montreux Jazz Festival piano competition, Henry Mancini Institute scholarship, Down Beat magazine Best Extended-Composition award & Keyboard Magazine "Unsigned Artist of the Month" award. He has worked on stage w/ artists such as Duke Ellington Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Tommy Campbell, Paul Jackson, Kana Uemura and Maki Oguro. He has released two solo albums & produces background music for the Japanese Seven Eleven chain.