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Hiromi – The Piano Quintet: Silver Lining Suite

by Debra C. Argen
Hiromi - The Piano Quintet: Silver Lining Suite
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Hiromi – The Piano Quintet:: Silver Lining Suite is a stunning 9-track piano jazz album composed and arranged by pianist Hiromi and released in late September 2021 on the Telarc International label, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc. Hiromi – The Piano Quintet is comprised of Hiromi on piano, Tatsua Nishie (1st violin), Sohei Birmann (2nd violin), Meguna Naka (viola), and Wataru Mukai (cello).


Hiromi – The Piano Quintet: Silver Lining Suite: Isolations, The Unknown, Drifters, Fortitude, Uncertainty, Someday, Jumpstart, 11:49 PM, Ribera Del Duero

Hiromi – The Piano Quintet Personnel: Hiromi: piano, Tatsua Nishie: 1st violin, Sohei Birmann: 2nd violin, Meguna Naka: viola, Wataru Mukai: cello

Hiromi: Silver Lining Suite was produced by Hiromi and Executive Producer Michael Bishop and was released on the Telarc International label, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

Born in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan, Hiromi is truly a phenomenon. She started taking piano lessons at the Yamaha School of Music at the age of 6 and when other children that age were learning to write, she was learning to write music. When she was 20, she moved from Japan to the United States to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where she continued to hone her craft earning many kudos along the way. She released her debut album in 2003 to critical acclaim and followed that up with another release in 2004 that garnered the first of many awards. Her talent is vital, energetic, and imaginative; she is a composer, arranger, and musician who makes a lasting impression on listeners. She has played with many of the great jazz artists of the day including Stanley Clarke (on his Grammy award release, Jazz in the Garden), as well as the late Chick Corea (1941-2021).

Hiromi notes on her website that her music has "…elements of classical music, it has some rock, it has some jazz, but I don’t need to give it a name…" I describe her music as masterful, passionate, and absolutely breathtaking to listen to no matter what genre it falls under.

Hiromi composed and arranged all nine tracks on the Hiromi: Silver Lining Suite release that runs 66.16 minutes of pure listening pleasure. The release opens with the track, Isolations, which is a truly powerful composition combining classical and jazz elements that allows each instrument to make an individual statement as well as complement one another. The composition runs 9.55 minutes and is a joy to listen to, especially the gorgeously long passages of sparkling piano that shows Hiromi’s impressive talent.

Next up is the gorgeously dramatic track, The Unknown, that is powerful yet elegant with dreamlike passages and runs over 7 minutes. The quintet slows things down a bit on the track, Drifters. Silver Lining Suite is a well-crafted release as it moves gracefully through each of the tracks, picking up the pace, or slowing it down, to allow the listener to fully appreciate the nuances of the music and the impressive talent behind it.

The release closes with the track, Ribero Del Duero, a fast-paced, up-tempo composition that shows the adept and magical talent of Hiromi and the members of the quintet. Joining Hiromi on piano on Silver Lining Suite are Tatsua Nishie playing 1st violin, Sohei Birmann playing 2nd violin, Meguna Naka on viola, and Wataru Mukai on cello. Each member of the quintet shines on this well-crafted, and well-delivered release. I highly recommend picking up a copy of Hiromi: Silver Lining Suite and giving it many a listen, as Hiromi – The Piano Quintet is a group to watch. Brava!

Shizzuoka, Japan,

Listen to a teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-HjPRjk2zk

Until next time, keep enjoying the music!

Websites where you can purchase Hiromi: Silver Lining Suite: Amazon, Apple

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