SAMI (Masazumi Aso) was born in Japan. His fist instrument was piano, which he has started since he was five years old. His extraordinary music talent was acknowledged by Ms Aiko Iguchi, Professor of To-Ho Music College. Where upon and began intensive piano lessons to become a professional pianist. However, considering that he had a disadvantage with the size of his hands; he thought he might prefer to become an orchestra conductor.
Due to the difficulty or lack of opportunity to conduct professional orchestras in Japan and considering that he had his living expenses, he decided to become a businessman; he has never stopped studying and practicing music because he would like to accomplish his goal in music. Although he has held important positions in business management he is persisting to accomplish his goal in music. He has studied continuously with famous music professors such as Mr. A. Odaka at the Tokyo Art University in Japan.
Over 16 years, since he came to US, he owned his music band and has been playing in his band as a keyboard player. In 2002, he entered the University of Texas at El Paso and began studying orchestra conducting to enhance his music career. He studied with Professor Laurence Gibson and Professor Harold Farberman. He completed his Master of music degree program and received his diploma on May 8, 2004.
Since his piano music has a spiritual sense to it, people have been requested for a long time to make his own CD. During such circumstances, he met Mr. George Arriola, and he decided to make his piano music CD with original orchestration and starting his career as a professional musician. Both George and he can relate to having a great passion for music and are both arranging and performing on his CD.
His debut CD "Feelings" is including 3 original and 9 arranged pieces based on world most famous and favorite songs. The three original pieces are composed by Mr. George Arriola. “C’mon Play Along” is using George’s original rock style with high tempo rhythm to invite audience to participate in to the music. “SAMI’s Land” is started with Reggie type theme and added Latin style to spice music with Latin passion. “Learning to Fly Again” was composed based on his desire for expiring freedom in his life. Everybody has some difficulties in their life and cannot feel the complete freedom in the life. This is the reason why some people are seeking their freedom to God. This music is described such human’s desire and try to open the door for freedom.
SAMI’s piano music has very emotional and spiritual sense. When he starts to play piano, the piano also is begun to be alive. SAMI and piano will be a united like a same body. Even his sound will tell audience what is his feeling. In this CD, he expresses feelings through his music for each original music has. The arrangements for other 9 songs were based on SAMI’s piano, and were added other orchestra instruments to put more color and flavor of the total sound to enhance his expression. SAMI really likes that “oboe sound” he includes Oboe sound to their arrangements. They both really enjoyed working together and playing their parts in each song. SAMI’s debut CD “Feelings” has a Classical taste yet mixed with a modern contemporary sound.