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Monday Michiru

Born of Japanese and Italian-American ancestry, Monday is quick to reject the “hah-fu” (“half”) label favored by the Japanese for those of mixed heritage, instead suggesting “double.” “‘Half’ sounds like you’re half a human being,” she quips, “and I’m proud to be a genesis of two great cultures. So I’m a double.”

Monday Michiru, so named to reflect both heritages, is also the genesis of renowned musicians, jazz pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi and jazz saxophonist Charlie Mariano, as well as stepfather Lew Tabackin (also jazz saxophonist and flautist). While she showed natural talent playing flute from a young age, studying classically at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy on scholarship through the school and the Armstrong Flute Association, her inspiration in music caught fire with singing and later in composition. “I love classical music and still dabble on the flute, but for me music is a medium to express what I’m about, and I feel that I have a more modern perspective to music and life,” she explains.

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