Takako Ines Asahina-pianist,composer,artist
Ground-breaking,evocated "Neo Classic"
"As a stream flows into a river,Takako's classical beginnings flow into stimulative jazz.
The transparency of her music conjures up images not only of modern jazz but of a hybrid future jazz."- composer,Sigeaki Saegusa
Well known for her playing versatility, as a concert pianist and composer, Takako has given many special performances throughout her native Japan.as well as France and Germany.Certified in piano performance by passing the acclaimed Japan PerformanceSociety Competition, Takako has been a two time guest soloist at "The Symphony Hall" performing with the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra,playing the Prokofiev piano Concertos numbers One and Three. As a contemporary musician, she leads her own ensemble performing original compositions. Her writing style fuses classical traditions with exciting new rhythms.
In 2006, Takako made her American debut in a New York City concert.
In 2007, Takako played at "Steinway Hall" in New York with her band followed by a grand concert at "Carnegie Hall".
Her exciting and delicate piano performance was received with great admiration from the many people in attendance.
In 2009,In the International "Song of the Year "competition in July, in the Instrumental/Jazz/World category,Takako's original piece "Musician in New York" claimed a prestigious finalist placing.
In 2010,Takako performed at "Birdland", the jazz landmark club established in New York in 1949.
"Musician in New York" was selected as a finalist in the 11th(2009) & 12th(2010) Annual Great American Song Contest in the Instrumental category.
"Perfum Exotique" was selected as a finalist in the Pop/Adult Contemporary category of same contest(12th,2010).She got the evaluation "The melodic elements perfectly capture the tone of Baudelaire's lylics,and the sung non-word parts work beautifully, interspersed among the poetic verses. This is impressively creative work".