Mika Yoshida hails from Amakusa Island, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan and lives in New York City. She studied at the University of Toronto and since graduation has devoted herself to marimba performance and musical studies under the strong influence of the NEXUS. She is also studying jazz privately with jazz vibe master, Mike Mainieri, in New York.
She has released two Solo CDs: ‘Mitsue’ (1998) and ‘Marimba Phase’ (2003). Her newly released album, ”Mikarimba” (VideoArt Music Japan 2010) and DVD ”Mika Marimba Madness” (Big Round Music) were both produced by Steve Gadd.
Steve Reich’s CD “Triple Quartet” includes Mika’s arrangement and performance of “Tokyo/Vermont Counterpoint” (Nonesuch), Richard Stoltzman’s CD “Goldberg Variation” (BMG Japan) and Jo Hisaishi’s CD (Universal Japan).
She has performed solo recitals in New York (Carnegie ZANKEL Hall 2007 and Carnegie Weill Recital Hall 2001, 2004), Tokyo (2001, 2003, 2006) etc. as well as several cities around the world.
She has collaborated with Steve Gadd (Drums), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Eddie Gomez (Bass), NEXUS (Percussion), Bill Douglas (pianist, composer), Thomas Stacy (English Horn, New York Philharmonic Symphony), KakrabaLobi (African GIRI master), Stomu Yamashita (Per) Chikuzan Takahashi (Tsugaru Shamisen) and several other talented musicians.
Mika will be featured in a special performance at Zankel Hall (at Carnegie Hall) on January 7, 2011. Innsbruck Records will be releasing details about this concert in the near future.
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