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Jazz Pianist and Composer

Phone: (972) ***-****  HQ Phone
University of North Texas
7300 University Hills Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75241
United States

Company Description: About UNT: The University of North Texas ( www.unt.edu ), a student-centered, public research university and the choice of nearly 35,000 students, is one of Texas'...   more
Background

Employment History

Education

  • Master's degree , jazz studies
    University of North Texas
  • Master's Degree
    University of North Texas
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Mr. Hiro Morozumi was raised in ...
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Mr. Hiro Morozumi was raised in Japan, and began studying music at the age of four. His mother was a piano teacher. In her lessons, she 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 first love. 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. He 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 American journey.
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. He joins the legendary swing band, the Lakewood Rats, with whom he recorded and toured for a year and a half. He 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.
While he 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, Terrilli's, and the Dallas Museum of Art, to name a few. He was also in high demand for the area's jazz festivals such as Denton Arts and Jazz Festival and Addison Arts Festival. He has also made TV appearances in programs like "Good Day Dallas. Upon graduating with a master's degree, he relocated to Japan. Mr. Morozumi 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. Between his sideman stints, Mr. Morozumi has also been playing with his own trio, with whom he has recorded his first CD, Sharing.
Mr. Morozumi is also promising as a composer. He 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. Mr. Morozumi 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. He also composes and makes goofy sound effects for multimedia and internet projects.
Mr. Morozumi is also an avid swing/salsa dancer. He has been bringing joy to many people, both in the States and Japan, with his highly acclaimed weekly swing / salsa lessons!
Hiro Morozumi is a jazz ...
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Hiro Morozumi is a jazz pianist and composer from Tokyo, Japan who has studied at the University of North Texas and travels the world as a performing artist. Using videoconferencing, Morozumi recently recorded musicians in Japan and the USA to produce a soundtrack designed to be the background music in Japan's 7-Eleven stores. "We used Skype video chat so I could see how the mics were placed by my friend playing the saxophone, flute, and so on," says Morozumi. "Our three-way group chat mode on Skype included me on desktop in Los Angeles, a laptop in Tokyo, and an iPhone in Tokyo feeding back the laptop screen."
He continues: "We used Presonus Studio-One software.
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When it came to transferring the files over the Internet, Morozumi and his team experimented with various file transfer protocols for large session files (350MB per song). "The fastest and most reliable method was to upload using freeware Filezilla via FTP to web hosting I subscribed to from godaddy.com to host my website," he says.
Recordings
www.hiromorozumi.com, 18 Jan 2014 [cached]
Hiro Morozumi, Piano
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On his sophomore effort, Hiro reunites with his favorite U.S. "cats".
"Hiro interfaces with his sidemen with his complex yet varied set of tonal colors...but still with a sensitive accompaniment to whatever mood and spirit that's being struck by the band...Very interesting jazz indeed!"
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Hiro Morozumi, Piano
Hiro Morozumi South ...
www.nichelsonentertainment.com, 9 Nov 2012 [cached]
Hiro Morozumi South Memphis Music Publishing
Hiro Morozumi
www.hiromorozumi.com, 13 Mar 2006 [cached]
Mr. Hiro Morozumi was raised in Japan, and began studying music at the age of four. His mother was a piano teacher. In her lessons, she 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 first love. 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. He 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 American journey.
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. He joins the legendary swing band, the Lakewood Rats , with whom he recorded and toured for a year and a half. He 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.
While he 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, Terrilli's, and the Dallas Museum of Art, to name a few. He was also in high demand for the area's jazz festivals such as Denton Arts and Jazz Festival and Addison Arts Festival. He has also made TV appearances in programs like "Good Day Dallas. Upon graduating with a master's degree, he relocated to Japan. Mr. Morozumi 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. Between his sideman stints, Mr. Morozumi has also been playing with his own trio, with whom he has recorded his first CD, Sharing.
Mr. Morozumi is also promising as a composer. He 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. Mr. Morozumi 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. He also composes and makes goofy sound effects for multimedia and internet projects.
Mr. Morozumi is also an avid swing/salsa dancer. He has been bringing joy to many people, both in the States and Japan, with his highly acclaimed weekly swing / salsa lessons!
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