Harukaze 2017 – Senri Oe in Saint Paul

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Harukaze 2017 – Senri Oe in Saint Paul

We invite you to the 2017 Harukaze “Spring Wind” Concert. This year, the Japanese jazz musician Senri Oe will be performing from his newest jazz piano album.

In 2008, Senri Oe shelved his highly successful 25-year career as a Japanese pop star and actor to move to New York City in pursuit of a childhood dream—becoming a jazz musician. As a lyricist, composer, and arranger since 1983, Oe built a robust Japanese popular music (J-Pop) career, releasing 45 singles and nearly 20 albums, winning the Japanese Gold Disc and FNS Pop Music Awards, and hosting a talk show on Japan’s national broadcasting network. Enrolling at The New School at age 47, Oe studied under Junior Mance, Aaron Goldberg and Toru Dodo. Since graduating in 2012, Oe has worked tirelessly to embed himself in New York’s jazz ecosystem. Having established his own record label, PND Records and Music Publishing, Oe plays monthly at Tomi Jazz New York, is a regular pianist for Morning Musuko, a 17-piece big band specializing in Japanese popular music (J-pop), and has now released three albums.

Through this program, the Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM) hopes to celebrate the cross-cultural experience by presenting an artist that has built a successful pop career in Japan and is beginning his new journey as a jazz pianist in the United States.

Harukaze also serves as an opportunity to express appreciation for the current members of the Japan America Society of Minnesota who continue to support the organization through their gifts and contributions to the building of bridges of cultural understanding and international cooperation between the peoples of Japan and the United States.

Sample Senri Oe’s latest album, Answer July.

June 7th, 2017
Doors Open at 7:00 PM
Performance at 7:30 PM

Hamline University
Sundin Music Hall
1536 Hewitt Avenue, B1801
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Non-JASM Member – $20
JASM Member – $15
Students, Pre-K through High School – $10
6 and Under – $5

Sponsored in part by

Akiko and Makoto Ishii
Takuzo and Noriko Ishida

Supported by

Kiku Enterprises, Inc.