Sunday 6th December 2020 – 10.30am to 12pm
World Heart Beat and Yokohama Calling is proud to present ‘The Karen Shiraishi Trio’ concert. The concert will be live-streamed, via YouTube and World Heart Beat’s Facebook page.
World Heart Beat alumni Karen Shiraishi is a pianist, composer and arranger who was born and raised in London. She was classically trained from a young age, falling in love with jazz at 14.
Whilst at World Heart Beat, in 2015, Karen was one of two exceptional students to to attend Grammy Camp LA. She was chosen by the Grammy Panel, through our partnership with Gucci Timepieces and Jewellery, and received a full scholarship, .
Mentored in her teens by Julian Joseph OBE, Trevor Watkis, Tony Kofi and Byron Wallen, Karen won a substantial scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 2017.
She currently studies at Berklee with jazz greats including NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen, Ralph Peterson, Terri Lyne Carrington and Tia Fuller.
Karen has performed at many venues across the globe
In 2019, she performed at Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland as part of Terri Lyne Carrington’s Jazz and Gender Justice Institute, DC Jazz Festival and Dizzy’s Jazz Club NY as part of Ralph Peterson’s GenNext Big Band, and at the Novosibirsk Jazz Festival in Russia.
Joined by World Heart Beat affiliated musicians…
Karen is joined by Jas Kayser (drums), Ezekiel Ajie (bass), with guests James Wade-Sired (trombone) and Ava Joseph (voice). They will perform her original music along with some of her favourite jazz standards.
Raising awareness of Japanese musicians
This concert has been produced by World Heart Beat and Yokohama Calling. Yokohama Calling produce collaborative arts events, bringing together musicians from Japan, the United Kingdom and beyond.
The concert will also be part of the British Council’s ‘#CultureConnectsUs’ online festival website. This brings diverse and vibrant work by UK artists and cultural institutions to audiences in Japan digitally.