Known globally by her first name, Hiromi is smack dab in the midst of a series of concerts that will span six months and 31 cities in 18 countries. On Monday, she and her Trio Project performed on the Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center.
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A true child prodigy, Hiromi was barely a teenager when she started playing with symphony orchestras, but it was jazz that caught her fancy and lit her fire. When she was 17, a chance meeting with fusion pioneer Chick Corea at the Yamaha School in Tokyo led to her performing on stage with his band – the following day.
Hiromi is blessed with a stirring ability that is of the caliber of an Art Tatum or a Vince Guaraldi, with extraordinary dexterity and a nose for inventive, unexpected improvisation. A video for the title track of her latest album, “Alive,” shows her recording in the studio with bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips. The piece takes flight with Hiromi launching into a high-energy performance that would light up the Playboy Jazz Festival stage.
The still-young piano sensation frequently draws comparisons to an anime schoolgirl superheroine, but her ever-growing body of impressive work has linked her of late to larger heroes, such as LeBron James. Her muscular technique and king-size pianistic vocabulary, coupled with a torrent of energetic charisma, make her a true jazz virtuoso and a crowd-pleasing all-star. You certainly feel as if you’ve been dunked on after one of her show-stopping pieces; afterward, you can only get up off the court and applaud her dominance. Hiromi’s teammates on her Trio Project are fusion veterans, bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips, both of whom have played with enough heavies to handle the fast break by this Japanese mamba.
The trio mostly played their unreleased new songs to the Broad Stage on Monday, no wonder Hiromi jokingly referred to the show as a “premiere” of their new works during the emcee session. Some of the new pieces they performed include “Sparkle”, “Desire”, and “Wonderland”.