Just a few notes out of Ayako Shirasaki’s piano are enough to realize you are listening to a very special musician. With her amazing combination of feeling, inventiveness and impressive virtuosity, Ayako is one of those musicians that make an unforgettable impression.
- jazztimes.com (Wilbert Sostre)- November 2010 about her new CD Falling Leaves - Live in Hamburg
Falling Leaves is not your typical solo piano outing, it contains several magical moments listeners will turn to often.
- eJazzNews.com - October 2010 about her new CD Falling Leaves - Live in Hamburg
…a highly enjoyable album by a new jazz star in the making.
- AllAboutJazz-New York - September 2010 about her new CD Falling Leaves - Live in Hamburg
To my ears, Ayako is fast on her way to becoming a leading jazz light and fresh voice in the crowded field of performing jazz piano stars.
- Marc Myers, JazzWax.com - September 2010
“Ayako Shirasaki is a devoted, virtuosic, daring and expressive pianist.” - Howard Mandel, president of the Jazz Journalists Association and senior contributor DOWNBEAT Magazine, September 2009
“Ayako is an extremely gifted musician. She is blessed with great technique, a fertile and creative imagination, a firm understanding of the jazz tradition and a real love for the music. I recommend Ayako without reservation.” - Pianist, Kenny Barron
“She is one amazing musician, and an incredible pianist and composer. One of the greatest pianists I’ve ever heard! Don’t dare miss her. Ayako has everything that makes a musician great.” -Pianist, Jessica Williams
“Jazz improvisation at the highest level.” - Jazzthetik, German Jazz Magazine, April 2009
“Shirasaki is a virtuoso whose technique ranges from a tender touch like the late Tommy Flanagan, and brisk runs like Bud Powell, but with a brilliant creativity all her own.” - Greg Thomas, Chief editor, Harlem World Magazine
“She’s awfully good: rhapsodic when the material demands but still quite capable of swinging with Powellish drive.” - Paul Blair, Hot House Jazz Magazine, November 2007
“Ayako has a very good sense of time and advanced harmonic ideas.” - Ted Rosenthal, Pianist and Thelonious Monk Competition Winner
“Ya’ know, the good thing about this girl is that she really can swing!!” - Dr. Buster Brown , Tap Dancer
“Ayako, you are the very best!” - Cobi Narita, Music promoter
Primary Instrument: Piano
Location: New York, NY
Willing to teach:
Classic, Jazz, Popular Theory, Improvisation, etc.
Also vocal accompanying is available.
All ages & levels welcome! Lessons may be given at my studio or at the student's home.