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SENRI OE /JAZZ PIANIST, COMPOSER



A New York resident for the past decade, Senri Oe is making a name for himself as an innovative,
engaged and highly creative member of the jazz community. Though he has proved his skill as
a songwriter, pianist, singer and more, he prefers to describe himself simply as a jazz musician
who loves to write music as well as perform on piano.
In the four jazz albums Senri has released as a leader since 2012, he’s shown himself to be
versatile and adventurous, exploring different facets of jazz with each CD. From a two-horn
quintet (Boys Mature Slow, his 2012 stateside debut) to a full big band (2013’s Spooky Hotel)
to a straight-ahead trio (Collective Scribble, 2015) to a vocal showcase (2016’s Answer July,
featuring the likes of Sheila Jordan, Theo Bleckmann, Becca Stevens, and Lauren Kinhan of
New York Voices), Senri makes it clear he’s comfortable in a variety of configurations.
The albums have been well-received in both the U.S. and Senri’s native Japan, earning glowing
reviews in jazz magazines and on blogs. As for what fresh territory he plans to explore on future
recordings, listeners will have to wait till later this year to find out.
A perfectionist, Senri has been known to compose dozens of songs for his recordings before
making the final selections. While working on Collective Scribble, for example, he wrote 54 tunes,
of which only a dozen made the final cut.
There’s a lyrical quality to his compositions, in which he aims to capture the spontaneous emotions
of a specific moment in time, and share each tiny slice of life in the universal language of music.
Listeners have found that hearing Senri’s tunes just once is not enough: His style gets under your skin,
once you’ve heard a Senri Oe composition, you can’t wait to hear more.
Like many artists, Senri had another career before deciding to pursue his lifelong love of jazz at age 47.
But his back story is unusual; rather than quitting a day gig in an office, retail, or restaurant setting,
Senri traded in an enormously successful pop music career in Japan to follow his artistic muse.
Just how successful was he? For starters, Senri received a Japanese Grammy award, topped the
Billboard charts, and performed in stadium-size venues.
Since moving to the U.S., he’s successfully reinvented himself as a jazz artist rather than a J-pop
singer/songwriter, and traded the stadiums for more intimate venues such as Manhattan’s popular
Tomi Jazz club, and he’s happier for it.
Senri’s fertile imagination, self-motivation, and tireless energy add up to a busy and productive
creative life. Besides preparing to record more, Senri has an exciting touring schedule lined up for
the rest of this year. On the heels of the release of his well-received CD Answer July, Senri is slated
to perform at Washington, D.C.’s famed Blues Alley, the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center,
the Atlanta Jazz Festival, and numerous other clubs and concert halls throughout the U.S.
Despite his accomplishments, Senri remains humble and in an interview admitted that in his mid-50s
he’s still trying to figure out what “unique offering” he has to contribute to the art form that is jazz.
Currently, Senri is collaborating on a variety of projects with well-known vocalists.
He thrives on collaboration and building relationships, as evidenced by his work with the stellar
musicians and singers on his albums. He has worked at a producer in New York, aiming to share
his in-depth music business experience with others. Senri’s sense of community extends beyond
the Big Apple to Japan. He maintains ongoing ties to the music and arts scene there, writing as
a contracted composer for Sony Japan, and working with Japanese singers who would like to
follow the path he’s pioneered in Manhattan, including successful and highly acclaimed artists
such as Sayuri Ishikawa, Mika Shinno, Tamio Okuda, Ken Hirai and Misato Watanabe.
These days, Senri Oe is living his lifelong dream, dedicating himself to jazz composition, constantly
striving to progress, and impressing listeners and collaborators with his passion, enthusiasm and
love of the music. It will be very interesting to hear where his versatility, imagination and dedication
take him next.


Discography (Jazz Albums):

Boys Mature Slow
Spooky Hotel
Collective Scribble
Answer July
(PND Records)


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