KYOKO OYOBE pianist, composer, arranger
The Japanese-born pianist, composer Kyoko Oyobe has been a mainstay in the New York jazz scene since 2005. She started playing piano at the age of four. At the age of 17 her mother started inviting famous Japanese musicians, such as Terumasa Hino to give concerts at their home. At the age of 19 she was greatly inspired by a live performance of Kensaku Tanikawa and began playing jazz piano. In 2000 she started traveling to New York. She studied under Frank Hewitt, Jean Michel Pilc and Gil Coggins. In October 2005 she moved to New York and it didn’t take long for Kyoko to make her mark. She started performing with her own group at New York City’s renowned jazz clubs, such as Smalls Jazz Club and Fat Cat. In December 2008 she made a live recording of her original music with the group, Kyoko Oyobe Trio at Smalls Jazz Club that gave birth to the album, “Cookin’ at Smalls” released in 2009. In July 2014 she made a recording with her quartet, Steve Wilson, Matt Wilson and Michael O’Brien. The new album ” Happy Silence ” is released on May 22nd 2015.
Since then she has been performing and composing internationally with such notables as Chris Parker, Tom Harrell, Victor Lewis, Steve Wilson, Matt Wilson, Greg Osby, Gene Jackson, Bill McHenry, Francois Moutin, Clifford Barbaro, Joe Magnarelli, Sophie Alour, Sylvia Cuenca, to name a few. She has headlined at many well-known jazz venues in New York, such as the Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, The Kitano, Garage, 55 Bar, Fat Cat, Sofia’s, etc. In Japan, she is also known for touring regularly with her trio at Body and Soul (Tokyo), Left Alone (Ashiya), Speak Low (Hiroshima), New Combo (Fukuoka), Renaiss Hall (Okayama) and many others. In October 2011, Kyoko had a special three-week French tour in which she was invited to share her music with French female artists throughout many Jazz clubs in Paris. Her prowess as a superlative jazz pianist is recognized internationally by musical peers who regularly invite her to accompany them.