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Monday Michiru (full name: Monday Michiru Mariano), so named to reflect her Japanese, Italian and American heritage, is also the genesis of renowned jazz musicians, NEA Jazz Master Toshiko Akiyoshi and cult jazz saxophonist Charlie Mariano, as well as jazz saxophonist-flutist Lew Tabackin who helped raise her. While she showed natural talent playing flute from a young age, studying classically at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy on scholarship, her inspiration in music caught fire with singing, composition and music production. In 1987, Monday was scouted by Japanese movie director, Shinji Somai, to debut in the lead role as an opera singer in his movie “Hikaru Onna” (“Luminous Woman”)



Label: Sonic Image
Released: 2022
Track listing: Ombre of Time; Untethered; Pivot; Cycles; The Soundless Song; The Sound; Ringo Oiwake; Hope Pretended to Sleep; Rise Above; Life; Gossamer's Touch


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Monday Michiru

Read "Take Five with Monday Michiru" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Monday Michiru Since her solo album debut in 1991, songstress-flutist Monday Michiru has released albums on an annual basis both as a soloist and collaborator. Known as one of the pioneers of the Japanese acid jazz movement and boasting countless dance floor and radio hits worldwide, Monday's compositional style and repertoire has evolved to that ...


News: Recording

Songstress Monday Michiru's Acoustic Passion Project 'Enso' Album Release

Songstress Monday Michiru's Acoustic Passion Project 'Enso' Album Release

Japanese-American songstress/flutist/producer Monday Michiru entitled the album ENSO to have two meanings: 円相 = a calligraphy illustration of a circle depicting the Zen Buddhist concept of an expression of the moment as well as the cycle of life. The other meaning 演奏 = means performance. “I wanted to revisit my roots which started in classical music ...


News: Education

Storytellers Workshop NYC Presented By Songstress Monday Michiru And FoSn, A Series Of Lyric Writing Seminars In NYC

Storytellers Workshop NYC Presented By Songstress Monday Michiru And FoSn, A Series Of Lyric Writing Seminars In NYC

Songstress Monday Michiru and FoSn presents “Storytellers Workshop NYC,” a series of lyric writing seminars in the Big Apple, kicking off their fall session with four weekly classes (November 4th, 12th, 18th and 25th, 7:00-9:00 p.m.), and ending with a student showcase “Lyricists Lounge” at Club Bonafide on December 8th (3:00 p.m.). About Monday Michiru Born ...


Naked Breath 2

Label: My Crib Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: One Thing's For Sure; Seize the Day; Brasilified; Gossamer's Touch; Lone Wolf; Disillusioned; Hidden Elements; One Note Samba; Wanna Be Your Lover; Life


Article: Album Review

David Gilmore: Energies of Change

Read "Energies of Change" reviewed by Dave Wayne

David Gilmore's career started off with a bang. He worked with Steve Coleman through the 1990s, appearing on at least nine recordings either led, or instigated, by the renowned saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and recent MacArthur Award recipient. Since emerging from Coleman's M-BASE fold, Gilmore has worked with a stunning variety of artists both inside and outside ...


Article: Extended Analysis

Emily Saunders: Outsiders Insiders

Read "Emily Saunders: Outsiders Insiders" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Four years on from her debut Cotton Skies London's Emily Saunders has taken near complete control on this wonderful follow up and artistic leap forward. While she also produced her debut, this time Saunders wrote and arranged all nine tracks, not needing to augment them with covers from the likes of Airto Moreira as she did ...



Label: Billboard Japan Records
Released: 2013



Label: Adventure Music
Released: 2012


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