November 7 Miyazu Royal Hotel
3 stages h 17 / h 20 / h 21

November 8 Sakai City Museum
h 18,30

The Italian Jazz Awards winner pianist Mirko Signorile and one of the most notable personality of Japanese jazz musical scene, the trumpeter Hikari Ichihara, will play together for the first time for a short tour in Japan in the town of Miyazu and Sakai.

Two different musical worlds coming together: the one, poetic and surrealistic of the pianist and the other, sharp and at times hard-bop of the trumpeter, with a repertoire that is a tribute to cinema soundtrack, in particular to the Italian cinema. The tracks of Morricone, Ortolani, Rota, Trovaioli turn brand new in this duo’s hands; like a framework on which they build harmonic and melodic canvas where free and creative improvisation comes to life. The piano-trumpet set gives to the music its peculiar profundity.

The two artists share the wish to experience, through music, areas beyond the boundaries of gender, looking for a sound coming from tradition and goes towards contemporary.

The bet is to bring the fascinating beauty of Italian cinema melos, making them stand out from the images to which they naturally refer, decontextualising them so that they can live their own life.

The two concerts will take place on November the 7th at the Royal Hotel in Miyazu and November the 8th at the Sakai City Museum. The tour is organised by the Italian Cultural Institute in Osaka and also sponsored by “Programmazione Puglia Sounds Export 2017” di REGIONE PUGLIA – FSC 2014/2020 – Patto per la Puglia - Investiamo nel vostro futuro.


MIRKO SIGNORILE, Italian pianist born in 1974. He has been active for many years on the Italian jazz scene both as leader and sideman. Over the years, he played with Dave Liebman, Greg Osby, Coung Vu, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, David Binney, Gianluca Petrella, Fabrizio Bosso, Gaetano Partipilo, Roberto Ottaviano, Davide Viterbo. His activity also embraces other arts such as cinema, theatre and contemporary dance. He published six albums: "In full life" (Soul Note 2003), "The Magic Circle" (Soul Note 2005) and "Hourglass" (Emarcy / Universal 2009) that received a great consent of public and criticism (best album "Argon Jazz") and the prestigious Italian Jazz Awards 2010 in the section "Best Jazz Act." In 2009 and in 2012 he recorded with the singer Giovanna Carone "Betàm Soul" and "Far Libe", two recordings (Digressione Music)  dedicated to the Yiddish music. "Magnolia" (Auand Records "Plain Series") has been published in November 30th 2012. In Spring he recorded his first piano solo cd 2015 "Soundtrack Cinema" that includes original compositions and free interpretations of famous soundtracks. In May 2016 he published a new elettro-jazz cd realised with Mark Messina (99posse) called "Banaba" (Auand Records)

(Trumpet/Flugelhorn/Composer) was born in 1982 in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated from SEIKEI GAKUEN with a unified primary through lower and upper secondary school program who started learning trumpet, when she used to belong to Brass band club in lower secondary school.She studied foundation of jazz trumpet under Professors Tomonao Hara at the SENZOKU GAKUEN COLLEGEOF MUSIC.

Her major debut 1stalbum ”ICHIBAN NO SHIAWASE” was released by Pony canyon, which recording mainly her original piece of music.

In 2006, she released 2nd album “Sara Smile”which is recorded in N.Y. She won “GOLD DISC PRIZE” of swing journal magazine and “NEW STAR” of the 40thJAZZ DISC PRIZE at the same time. In May 2007, released 3rd album “Star dust” which is recorded in N.Y too. All tracksproduced arrangement by HIKARI ICHIHARA, who wonthe prize again following a previous work. And then she was selected as NO.2 of “THE 58thJAZZMEN PRIZE”by popularity polls of trumpet section of swing journal atthat time. In November 2008, released 4th album “JOY”. This album is first time by herself self-produce work which play by 5 instrument in half of all recorded, and horn arrangement also work by herself. Following the preceding year, she was selected as the person of NO.2“THE 59th JAZZMEN PRIZE” by popularity polls of trumpet section of swing journal. In March 2010 released 5th album “Move on”. TheMembers are Ryosuke Asai(as), Hideaki Hori(pf), Kunpei Nakabayashi(bs), Masanori Ando(drs). In June 2011 released  6th album “UNITY” witch is recorded by the members of “Move on”. In October 2012, released 7th album “Precioso” and in November 2014, released 8th album “Dear Gatsby”.  She is a trumpeter as professional woman of sensibility who attract people as “HIKARI OF NEW JAZZ”. OFFICIAL SITE 


Sakai City Museum

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