Mr. Hiro Morozumi
was raised in Japan, and began studying music at the age of four.
mother was a piano teacher.
color-coded notes and had him sing the notes along.
Remarkably, Mr. Morozumi
developed a perfect pitch.
But in middle and high school years, he
neglected piano and started playing guitar, and played numerous free shows at local venues.
Rock was his
But meeting his
first guitar teacher changed his
life - he
was introduced to improvised music.
From then on, Mr. Morozumi
borrowed new fusion and jazz records every day and dubbed them all on tapes.
transcribed and practiced scales like a maniac.
Seeing how obsessed a kid can be to improvised music, his
guitar teacher advised him to study music in the United States.
So starts his
Shortly after starting at the University of North Texas, Mr. Morozumi started practicing piano again at the age of twenty.
Having nothing but time to practice, he
made a remarkable improvement: within a year, he
was giging on piano.
joins the legendary swing band, the Lakewood Rats, with whom he
recorded and toured for a year and a half.
also stayed busy performing with school ensembles at North Texas, the most notable of which is the Down Beat award-winning 2 o'clock Lab Band.
studied jazz piano and voice at the University, he
stayed active as a freelance keyboardist in the Dallas/Ft.
Worth scene, performing at venues such as Sambuca Jazz Cafe
, and the Dallas Museum of Art
, to name a few.
was also in high demand for the area's jazz festivals such as Denton Arts and Jazz Festival and Addison Arts Festival.
has also made TV appearances in programs like "Good Day Dallas.
Upon graduating with a master's degree, he
relocated to Japan.
currently plays with the quartet led by Shelley Carrol, the saxophonist/vocalist from the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
Colaboration with Carrol greatly succeeded in the group's first Japan tour in January 2004, bringing in more than 1200 people at the Ichihara City Hall and getting a live-show feature in Sakura CATV.
sideman stints, Mr. Morozumi
has also been playing with his
own trio, with whom he
has recorded his
first CD, Sharing.
is also promising as a composer.
has received a full composition scholarship to the 2003 Henry Mancini Institute
and had premiered an orchestral piece "A Hiroic Tale" in the UCLA
Royce Hall, and had a chance to record in the Sony studio under Al Schmitz' engineering.
For this piece, Mr. Morozumi
won the 2003 Down Beat Best Extended Composition Student Award.
was also commissioned to compose for a story ballet based on Ul de Rico's "Rainbow Goblins" by Arc Dance Productions of Seattle, WA, and performed for the ballet's premier at the University of Washington
also composes and makes goofy sound effects for multimedia and internet projects.
Mr. Morozumi is also an avid swing/salsa dancer.
has been bringing joy to many people, both in the States and Japan, with his
highly acclaimed weekly swing / salsa lessons!