As an artist, her recent performances include a most recent appearance at SIFA (Singapore International Festival of Arts 2018) her new solo piano works ‘Hue Liberal’, questioning the liberation in structures and freeform in improvisations and compositions, a Jazz piano duo project with one of Asia’s finest pianist Don Gomes (2018), The Esplanade’s Jazz In July (2017) , CHOPPA Experimental Music Festival (2017), Solo piano performance for Guild In Concert at National Museum of Singapore (2017) an audio-visual-movement collaborations with multi-disciplinary artist AnGie Seah (2015, 2016) to name just a few.  Her In recent years, she has been expanding her collaborations to her homeland Japan, where she tours twice a year to collaborate with artists from wide spectrum of backgrounds, to expand her capacity of artistic expressions.

 

Academically, Aya has obtained professional Diploma in Jazz Performance from Berklee College of Music (1994) and a BA (Hons) in Jazz Performance from LASALLE College Of The Arts (2014) with First Degree Honours and LASALLE Award For Academic Excellence.  She has recently completed her Master's Degree Program in Arts & Cultural Management (2017) at LASALLE, with the research focus in jazz ecosystem and community of Singapore, wrote a thesis entitled ‘The Jazz System : The Mechanism of What Makes Jazz Possible In Singapore’.

 

She has been an adjunct lecturer of LASALLE since 2008, having mentored many students through ensembles, main studies and music entrepreneurship courses. Outside of school systems, she facilitates participatory improvisation workshop, listening appreciations and often found as one of the judging panels and the discussion in the field of arts and the community. 

 

Aya has an impressive side as an entrepreneur with significant experiences in arts management. She has incorporated Bon Goût Music in 2012, a highly motivated multi faceted company offering music event/international tour programming and consultations both for independent artists and corporate clients. In 2016 she has founded a non-profit We Love Jazz (Singapore) Limited, aiming to strengthen the foundation of jazz and improvised music community of Singapore through productions of jazz festivals, jazz competitions as well as providing resources for learning community. Widely known as a game changer in the music scene, she has co-founded the live music program for Blu Jaz Cafe, where she has made an extraordinary contribution raising the bar for non-mainstream live music scene (2006-2016) where her weekly series ‘Ayaschool’ was ranked as one of the ‘Top Ten Acts’ on The Straits Times in 2010.