Pianist and composer Yayoi Ikawa, originally from Tokyo, Japan, has been living and working in New York City for a decade. Her trio and quartet was featured on a historic nation- wide Japanese radio program Session 2008 as well as on the leading Internet radio station jjazz.net.
Yayoi expressed her sincere feeling for her roots in Japan and Asia by integrating Japanese Folk melodies into her liberating performance style on her pieces “Motherland” and “Folk Song.”
Yayoi also dedicated the composition “Peace Requiem” to a Japanese journalist killed in Myanmar 2007 and “Dear Asia” to the tragic earthquake happened in Sumatera 2004.
Yayoi’s release “Color Of Dreams” (2005) displays original compositions that reflect her visions of life. The rhythmic and harmonic complexities may catch the listeners’ attention, but the main focus of the trio is to reach the listeners’ soul on a spiritual level as a united positive vibration.
Legendary jazz drummer Carl Allen and the renowned producer Makoto Kimata produced the 2004 Nippon Crown records release “Angel Eyes” with Three Angels featuring Yayoi Ikawa.