“The emerging jazz pianist in New York City (2013)” Takeshi Asai has actively been performing in Europe, Asia and the the United States for the last ten years. Authentic yet eclectic, his piano style has been acclaimed for the highest artistry and the catchiness, which you can find in any pieces he plays, whether it’s his original or a standard. In fact, his latest CD “Takeshi Asai French Trio Vol. 1” which was recorded in France in 2013, was praised for the sophistication and the eclecticism, “A fresh perspective,... jazz, classical and pop that is combined in a way that is fresh and extremely musical.
Takeshi’s previous CD, “Takeshi Asai New York Trio Vol. 1” which was recorded in New York with New York’s cutting-edge jazz musicians has been reviewed as “The biggest surprise since the beginning of the year in the jazz trio category by Robert Ratajczak, RadioJAZZ.fm. As it shows, Takeshi’s music contains both authenticity to the style of jazz in New York and the most creative styles of music coming from his cultural background, solid piano technique and the highly sophisticated composer’s mind. As a scholarship student, Takeshi has studied jazz piano performance, classical piano technique and composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston, with the notable professors such as Ed Bedner, Ed Tomassi, Joanne Brackeen and Laszlo Gardoney.
As a jazz pianist, he was the pianist/composer for the award-winning jazz ensemble, WaFoo in his early career in New York. Recently, he has been working on the international concert series called “A Tale of Three Cities - Le Conte de Trois Cités” with French pianist Catherine Schneider, and Barbotte Asai Duo wtih Masaé Gimbayashi-Barbotte. The duo will tour in Paris, New York, Tokyo and Kobe in 2014/2015 season. In his adapted hometown, New York, he has been working on his “phenomenal” jazz group Takeshi Asai New York Trio and have performed in prestigious jazz clubs such as The Kitano New York, Somethin' Jazz Club, Cleopatra's Needle, Caffe Vivaldi, Kavehaz, Drom, The Knitting Factory, Tomi Jazz, Garage, Silvana, Cafe Winberie, Glen Rock Inn, and Lenox Lounge. In Europe, Takeshi plays with his newest jazz project Takeshi Asai French Trio in music festivals and clubs in France for the past three years. The new CD of the trio Takeshi Asai French Trio Vol. 1 received the highest review not only in Europe but also in New York. The trio continues to perform in Europe.