A Little More About Aya

Aya is many things.

She is a jazz pianist, improvisor, composer, bandleader, teacher, entrepreneur  - but somehow it all fits into 'AYA'. 

Originally born in Osaka Japan but raised in both Japan and Singapore, Aya trained in Jazz piano and improvisation at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She studied with Yuki Arimasa, Greg Hopkins, Ken Cervenka, just to name a few of whom she was inspired as passionate jazz student. After graduating, she spent the better part of a decade in New York City as a performing musician. Since leaving the City in 2002, she has been based in Singapore and actively performing in the region.

Musically Aya is known to be a soulful and hard-swinging jazz pianist, having performed with many world class musicians in NYC, South East Asia and Japan. While strongly influenced by Bebop and straight ahead, , her constant quests bursting out of structural improvisations or public perception of jazz have resulted in countless multi-disciplinary collaborations with artists of diverse backgrounds. Besides her passion for jazz, her infatuations for punk rock, funk & soul, Brazilian music and underground scene of Japan and NYC have led to the formulation of her truly innovative style. Her expressions are unique and quirky yet somehow elegant - which makes her performances strongly engaging and unforgettable, if you were fortunate to experience her music in person, you would know. 

Apart from performing prolifically worldwide including her home country Japan for the past two decades, she has also been integral to the scene as an educator and a strong advocate for jazz and the community. She has been an adjunct lecturer of LASALLE College of The Arts (Singapore) since 2008, having mentored many students through principle studies, ensembles and music entrepreneurship courses. Outside of school, she facilitates participatory improvisation workshops, jazz listening appreciations seminars and often found as one of the judging and discussion panels in the field of music, arts and the community.  

Aya has an impressive side as an entrepreneur with significant experiences in arts management & leadership. 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 related music community of Singapore through grassroots outreach, education and resource support as well as interactive community events. All her work are towards improving creative environment which she believes leads to world peace.