" her main focus...is to reach the listener's soul on a spiritual level" All About Jazz
Born in Tokyo and matured musically in New York, YAYOI IKAWA is immersed in the broad spectrum of Jazz, Hip Hop, Gospel, R&B, Soul, Classical and World music. House pianist in Harlem's Jazz at Shabazz, Yayoi is a veteran of countless collaborations with the most inventive artists of today, including Tyshawn Sorey, Reggie Workman, Michal Urbaniak, Lenny Pickett, Frank Lacy, Lonnie Plaxico, Salim Washington, and Daniel Bernard Roumain. Her film score work was presented at Lincoln Center and she has appeared at jazz festivals in Martinique, Japan, Italy, Haiti, France, Slovenia, Costa Rica and the U.S. Yayoi launched “The Bridge Project” to create musical dialogue between New York and Tokyo musicians, touring Central America through a sponsorship of U.S. Embassy. She received commissions from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Modern Music Society of Tokyo, and sculpture David Baumflek. She is music director at First Baptist Church in Piscataway NJ, and on faculty at City College of New York.
This concert is supported by the Embassy of Japan.