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Meet Chie Imaizumi: Capri Recording Artist/Composer/Arranger/Conductor/Pianist Chie Imaizumi started her musical career at the age of four. Continuing with the instrument all through her early years, Chie went on to win the Yamaha Electone Competition for outstanding performance on the electric organ at the regional and national levels several years in a row.
At 18, she began her jazz career in Kanagawa, Japan, graduating at the top of her class. She enrolled at Berklee in the fall of 2001 and shifted her focus from performance to composition and arranging. In 2003, she was awarded the Herb Pomeroy award for Jazz Composition.
Her new CD Unfailing Kindness (Capri Records) is produced by world-renowned jazz trumpeter/recording artist Greg Gisbert, who is also featured on the date. There are amazing solos by trumpeters Gisbert and Ron Miles, saxophonists Gary Smulyan and John Gunther, pianist Jeff Jenkins and others.
Your sound and approach to music: My goal as a composer is to create music that brings happiness and joy to my listeners. My intention is to inspire moods and emotions within my audience that can range from tears of sadness to leaps of joy and laughter.
When I create music I want it to represent a person, place, idea, or feeling. I tailor my melodies and harmonies to fit the moods I want to create. I am not finished with a composition until I can listen to it and honestly feel the emotions that inspire the music.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?Unfailing Kindness
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? There are many bumps on the road through life. I myself have traveled over a quite few and am sure there will be more to come. If my music can help my listeners to overcome their obstacles, give them strength, or even just make them a little happier and put a smile on their face, then there is no better way to make me smile and be happy!
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.