Yoko Kowata is a Boston based musician/vocalist. She performs modern and Brazilian jazz.
Yoko began classical piano at the age five and started singing in university “a cappella” groups in Tokyo, Japan. She discovered Brazilian music when she was conducting a field research on the Brazilian community – Japan has a large Brazilian community due to the historical background – while pursuing her degree in Sociology. She fell in love with Brazilian music and started singing Brazilian repertoire. .
In Boston where she was posted as a diplomat in her previous career, she was enchanted by jazz and started her jazz studies at New England Conservatory. She also studied with Rebecca Shrimpton, Assistant Professor of Voice at Berklee College of Music and Voice Instructor at the New England Conservatory and with Teresa Ines, “the most well-known Brazilian vocalist” on the New England’s world music scene.
Yoko has performed with: Alexei Tsiganov, Fernando Huergo, Freddie Bryant, Gregory Ryan, John Lockwood, Renato Malavasi, Ebinho Cardoso, Jamie Stewardson, Paul Lieberman, Eduardo Mercuri, Janusz Kowalski, Fabio Pirozzolo, Chris Pitts in Boston and New York City at renown clubs such as The Regarrabar, Ryles Jazz Club, Lilypad Tomi Jazz and Chianti Tuscan Restaurant.
As she continues her performance at the cultural intersection, she hopes to be a catalyst beyond the borders through music.