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Hiroaki Honshuku

Hiroaki Honshuku, Leader - Flute, EWI Hiroaki Honshuku was first introduced to jazz in 1985 while teaching music at the US Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan. A gradute of both Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory, he has studied with various jazz luminaries including George Russell, Dave Holland and George Garzone, among others. Later, Honshuku went on to teach at NEC as well as Longy School of Music.

Hiro had been an assistant director for late George Russell at the New England Conservatory from 1987 until Russell's retirement. Hiro has been deeply inspired by Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept for Tonal Organization, which now characterizes Hiro's writing style using Tonal Gravity without any traditional II-V-I resolution.

Hiro has played with Mike Stern, Dave Liebman, Mick Goodrick, Dave Weckl, Tiger Okoshi, Maria Schneider, and Tom McKinley, among others, and has appeared on over 25 albums. Over the past two decades, Hiro has been active performing and recording in the Brazilian music scene including Jequere led by José Pienasola, Gustavo Assis-Brasil Group, Teresa Inês Group, Gilson Schachnik Group, Alfredo Cardim, João Marcos, and many others.


Album Review

Hiroaki Honshuku's Racha Fora: Happy Fire - New Kind of Jazz

Read "Happy Fire - New Kind of Jazz" reviewed by Troy Dostert

There's certainly no shortage of self-confidence in a musician who decides to subtitle an album New Kind of Jazz, as does Hiroaki Honshuku on the third release by his jazz fusion band Racha Fora. The group does possess a distinctive sound, to be sure, in large part due to its instrumentation: with Honshuku the dominant presence on flute, piccolo or EWI, he's joined by violinist Rika Ikeda and electric guitarist Andre Vasconcelos, who provides a lot of the rhythmic thrust ...

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"Hiro Honshuku is a man of many parts — virtuoso flutist, imaginative composer, capable visual artist and gifted teacher." George Russell, Composer, Lydian Chromatic Concept Founder

"An innovative take on Miles! Love it!" 2015.11.16 James Nadal, All About Jazz

"This tribute to Miles Davis is quite delightful." 2015.10.15 Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here

"A nu cut road on a well worm path, this set is a winner throughout" 2015.10.12 Chris Spector, Midwest Record



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Racha S'Miles



Rahca Fora

Concept Publishing


Trio La Luna

Concept Publishing


Not That Silent Night

A-NO-NE Music


Here We Go

Concept Publishing



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