Born: June 15 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Distinctively a most prominent jazz vocalist in Japan with multi-awarded albums recorded and released internationally, Charito's artistry continues to establish its global presence with her recent and forthcoming tours in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America. Her highly personal and expressive vocal style incorporates the breadth of her musical interests, from straight-ahead soulful ballads to hard-swinging grooves and improvisational adventures. Her approach is fresh and invigorating, paying tribute to the jazz tradition while interacting and exploring, always seeking to express herself in the moment. In Ms. Nancy Wilson's words, The first time I heard Charito, I physically and emotionally embraced her and thought myself BEAUTIFUL, that came from the heart and the soul. She has a warm way of presenting a song and she represents what a singer really is, a song stylist. This Girl (1990)
Her latest album Watch What Happens, recorded in France with the great maestro Michel Legrand was released on August 20,2008 received great reviews and was awarded a Gold Disc Award by Swing Journal.
A rare, history making collaboration with Michel Legrand, Charito's Watch What Happens, succeeds in capturing the essence of the great maestro's timeless pieces. A mix of strong melodies and provocative arrangements, this album contains interpretations of famous movie themes, Umbrellas of Cherbourg Windmills of Your Mind and Summer of '42. Particularly impressive are Charito and Michel's vocal duet numbers Pieces of Dreams and Quand On S'Aime. Recorded in such an intimate way, this recording confirms Michel's recognition of Charito's vocal stylings. A beautiful and spontaneous expression of life were his exact words of praise.
Awards:Swing Journal Gold Disk - Watch What Happens 2008 Swing Journal Jazz Disc Awards 2006
Best Vocal Swing Journal Gold Disk- Nica's Dream
Swing Journal Jazz Disc Awards 2004 Best Vocal
Swing Journal Gold Disk - Non-Stop to Brazil (2004 DDCJ-1002/CTmusic)
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
The Voice Workshop Tokyo