Enjoy some live jazz from NYJO’s Lockdown Session at Ronnie Scott’s on 18 April
Celebrating emerging UK talent, NYJO have collaborated with Ronne Scott’s to showcase new performances from the UK jazz scene. It’s a grassroots platform for plural creative voices at the start of their careers to have a place to express themselves live from the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.
Karen Shiraishi is a British-born Japanese pianist and composer based in London. She was classically trained on piano from a young age and fell in love with the sound of jazz upon hearing the Oscar Peterson trio at age 14.
Karen spent much of her teenage years at World Heart Beat Music Academy and the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy, where she was mentored by some of the UK’s leading jazz educators, Julian Joseph OBE, Trevor Watkis, Byron Wallen and Toni Kofi.
In 2017, Karen was offered a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music. In 2019, she performed at Bern Jazz Festival as part of Terri Lyne Carrington’s Jazz and Gender Justice Institute; at DC Jazz Festival and Dizzy’s Jazz Club NY as part of Ralph Peterson’s GenNext Big Band; at the Novosibirsk Jazz Festival in Russia; as well as leading many of her own concerts over the years.
A gifted composer with a recognisable sound who draws from a wide variety of influences including Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, and Wayne Shorter among others. Karen’s performance will feature music by some of her favourite composers, as well as her original compositions, which are brought to life by her brilliant band.