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Misaki Nakamichi Misaki Nakamichi

Misaki Nakamichi is a female drummer from Osaka, Japan. She is an alumna of Berklee College of Music, where she received a full scholarship in 2013. She received numerous awards and honors. She is currently based in Boston, Massachusetts. Her authentic sound and groove are very pure, dynamic, and melodic.

She started her music career on the drum set at the age of 10 and has performed in various styles, including jazz, funk/fusion, Latin, and pop/rock. Starting when she was 12 years old, Misaki studied privately with Japanese drummer Keiji Aramaki. In Japan, she led her own jazz band and performed original compositions and arrangements in countless jazz events and festivals. During the Yokohama Jazz Promenade Competition in 2010, Misaki won “Grand- Prix” and “Best Player Award” for her drumming skills. That same year she also won “Grand-Prix” at the Kanazawa Jazz Competition. Misaki also performed onstage with Eddie Henderson, the world-famous jazz trumpeter, in 2010 and 2013. In 2012, her band was selected to perform at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in New York City.

In 2013 Misaki moved to Boston, USA to attend Berklee College of Music on a full tuition scholarship. At Berklee, she was selected to be a part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Undergraduate Program where she studied Jazz Performance. While attending Berklee, Misaki was mentored by and studied under faculty members such as Terri Lyne Carrington, Bob Gullotti, Tiger Okoshi, Jerry Leake, Dave Santoro, Hal Crook, Ralph Peterson Jr., Neal Smith, Mark Walker, Jon Hazilla, and Billy Kilson. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Performance in 2016.

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“She is not only a fantastic jazz/fusion/pop drummer, but she is a truly sincere, honest, hard-working wonderful person with a beautiful smile always.” – Tiger Okoshi (Berklee Professor)

“Misaki is a real talent. She was always leading a band and working a lot professionally in Japan before coming to Berklee and has focused on the bebop style of drumming but she has expanded her styles and her thinking since being at Berklee. She is like a sponge. She takes in everything I show her deeply and is so eager to learn and grasp everything possible. I have watched her grow over the years and am quite impressed with her abilities

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