Misaki Nakamichi is a drummer from Osaka, Japan. She has been playing from the age of 10 and has performed in various styles, including funk/fusion, latin and jazz.
Misaki studied privately with Japanese drummer, Keiji Aramaki, since she was 12 years old. In Japan she led her own jazz band and performed in various jazz events and festivals including,
“Yokohama Jazz Promenade” when she was high school student. Misaki also performed onstage with Eddie Henderson, the world-famous jazz trumpeter, in 2010 and 2013.
In the 2010 Yokohama Jazz Promenade Competition, Misaki entered and won “Grand- prix” and “Best Player award” for her drums playing skills.
Following that she also won “Grand-prix” at the Kanazawa Jazz Competition.
In 2012, her band performed at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in New York.
Currently she graduated from Berklee College of Music as the full tuition scholarship recipient and studied Jazz Performance as a Performance major at the college, where she participated in various ensembles. And, she was selected to be a part of Berklee Global Jazz Institute Undergraduate Program in 2016.
Additionally, Misaki was taking lectures from teacher-players 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 David “Fuze” Fiuczynski.
In 2015, she was selected winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artists.
In 2016, she was selected to a finalist of the Hit Like A Girl contest.
Semi-Finalist, Blue Man Group Drum Contest 2016
Finalist, Hit Like A Girl Contest 2016
Jazz Winner, Yamaha Young Performing Artists 2015
Semi-Finalist, Blue Man Group Drum Contest 2015
Full Scholarship Recipient, Berklee College of Music 2013
Full Scholarship Recipient, Berklee 5-week Summer Program 2012
at Hokkaido Groove Camp
Winner, Grand-Prix of Kanazawa Jazz Competition 2010
Winner, Grand-Prix and Best Player Award of Yokohama Jazz Competition 2010
Finalist, Kobe Next Jazz Competition 2008