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Miles Okazaki

Miles Okazaki, the son of a painter and photographer, grew up in the Pacific Northwest in the small city of Port Townsend. He began to experiment with the guitar at the age of six, and remains a primarily self-taught musician. As a teenager, he was recognized with many awards for exceptional achievements in Music and Visual Art.

Okazaki's formal studies were at Harvard University, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School. He has pursued a variety of subjects, including Visual Arts, Literature and Language, Mathematics, and Music. He has toured and recorded with a wide variety of artists, including Stanley Turrentine, Lenny Pickett, Samir Chatterjee, Jane Monheit, Jen Shyu, Dan Weiss, David Binney, and others.

Recently, Okazaki has focused primarily on composing and studying improvisational concepts. In 2006, he recorded his debut album, Mirror, funding this project with his winnings as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. This album, called “a work of sustained collectivity as well as deep intricacy” by the New York Times, won a “New Works” grant from Chamber Music America to produce a second volume of compositions. This project became Generations, on Sunnyside Records

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On Miles Okazaki's MIRROR:

”The guitarist Miles Okazaki composed all the music on Mirror, his ambitious and involving debut. He also produced the album, created its striking cover illustrations and released the thing himself. . . . Mr. Okazaki has produced a work of sustained collectivity as well as deep intricacy.”

— Nate Chinen, The New York Times “Critics Pick”

“an impressive self-released CD filled with compositions that are simultaneously complex and catchy . . . the work of a musician eager to get his career under way.”
— Time Out New York

”a dynamic work of ingenuity

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Primary Instrument

Guitar

Willing to teach

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Credentials/Background

Degrees from Harvard University (B.A.), Manhattan School of Music (M.M.). Juilliard (Artist Diploma, 2010). 10 years teaching experience. Lessons in Guitar, Harmony, Rhythmic Theory, Composition.

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Long Forms

Intakt Records
2020

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The Sky Below

Pi Recordings
2019

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Work: The Complete...

Self Produced
2018

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Work (Complete,...

Self Produced
2018

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Trickster

Pi Recordings
2017

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Figurations

Sunnyside Records
2012

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