Yoshihiro Murakawa Quartet

Performing as part of the Youth Jazz Showcase - June 28 11am-2pm at the Toronto Star Stage
Yoshihiro Murakawa (saxophone) was born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, on May 13 1985. He grew up with parents who were both brass musicians and studied classical piano from early childhood. In his elementary, middle and high school he performed as guitarist and drummer with various rock bands, developing his musical technique and stage skills. By the time he attended Hokkaido University, he was ready to join the University jazz workshop at the same time studying in the Faculty of Engineering. He became interested in the alto sax and his musical life really took off performing in jazz cafes and special event appearances; he became proficient in various musical styles including bebop, fusion, free jazz and latin jazz and formed friendships with jazz musicians from at home and abroad.

After graduating from The Hokkaido University Institute of Technology, Yashihiro began to play on a regular basis with the latin jazz pianist Ichikawa Yoshihiro and continued to perform on a regular basis at various concerts and events and also in studio gigs for film animation and video games. He is a frequent performer at the Sapporo International Jazz Festival; in 2013 he won the Sapporo City Jazz Park live jazz contest Grand Prix with his ensemble the Yoshihiro Murakawa Quartet, out of more than 150 contestants.

Yoshihoro attempts to stretch the spectrum of saxophone performance whether playing soprano, alto, tenor or baritone saxophone. His influences include Charlie Parker, Paul Desmond, Art Pepper, Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Branford Marsalis, Pat Metheny and many others in various musical genres including Chopin, Liszt, Paquito d’Rivera, Earth Wind & Fire, The Yellow Monkey, MISIA, Masayoshi Yamazaki and more.

The Yoshihiro Murakawa Quartet also features Kimura Yu (piano), Ito Mio (bass) and Mima Daisuke (drums).

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