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Miles Okazaki

Miles Okazaki spiller Thelonius Monk

Foto: Dimitri Louis

Foto: Dimitri Louis

Miles Okazaki er en New York-basert gitarist, kjent fra samarbeid med blant andre Kenny Barron, John Zorn, Stanley Turrentine, Dan Weiss og mange flere. Han er også kjent fra et lengre samarbeid med Steve Coleman som en del av hans Five Elements-band mellom 2009-2017. Som bandleder har Okazaki gitt ut fire albumer med egne komposisjoner og er en del av plateselskapet Pi Recordings sin artist-stall. Kanskje mest oppsiktsvekkende er hans store arbeid med arven etter Thelonius Monk, noe som har resultert i seks albumer med samtilige Monk-komposisjoner fortolket i solo-gitarformat av Okazaki. 

Miles Okazaki - gitar


Miles Okazaki is a NYC based guitarist originally from Port Townsend, a small seaside town in Washington State. His approach to the guitar is described by the New York Times as “utterly contemporary, free from the expectations of what it means to play a guitar in a group setting — not just in jazz, but any kind.” His sideman experience over the last two decades covers a broad spectrum of approaches (Kenny Barron, John Zorn, Stanley Turrentine, Dan Weiss, Matt Mitchell, Jonathan Finlayson, Jane Monheit, Amir ElSaffar, Darcy James Argue, and many others). He was seen prominently with Steve Coleman and Five Elements from 2009-2017. As a leader Okazaki has released four albums of original compositions over the last 12 years and is an artist on the Pi Recordings label. He has also released a six album recording of the complete compositions of Thelonious Monk for solo guitar, published a book Fundamentals of Guitar with Mel Bay, has taught guitar and rhythmic theory at the University of Michigan for five years, and holds degrees from Harvard University, Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School.

Earlier Event: March 8
Marilyn Mazurs Shamania
Later Event: May 8
Eldbjørg Raknes