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Ai Kuwabara

Ai Kuwabara Born on September 21st, 1991. Graduated from the Music Department at Senzoku Gakuen High School as a jazz piano major in 2010. Studied piano under Yuki Arimasa, Yoko Yamashita, and Kazune Zaima. Has been active since her early years, winning many awards such as gold medals at the All-Japan Yamaha Electone Contest, for both the lower elementary division and the upper elementary division

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”I don’t feel that I’m consciously playing jazz as such. Without wanting to be disrespectful to the tradition of the genre, that’s not really what I’m aiming for, but that’s just how my music gets categorized.”

“Some fans have told me that they usually only listen to rock, but they’re really into what I’m doing. I guess there’s a rock, even progressive-rock, feel to some of my tracks, but when it comes to improvisation the band and I often slip back into a bebop mode.”

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