AjiSignal is taking a look at a jazz musician this week. In the spirt of Ajisignal this artist hails from two major cities. Etsuko Tajima is an artist originally from Japan who now calls New York City her home. Etsuko lets loose on the piano as her jazz instrument of choice. All 88 keys are open territory for this young artist, who masterfully traverses the lines between orchistration and great improvisation. Her newest album “Primera Vez” is full of all out jam mixed with a nice walk down the ivory keys.
I got the chance to talk to Etsuko briefly about herself and her music
AjiSignal: Hi Etsuko, Thanks for talking with us today. First off, who are you, where are you, and what do you do??
Etsuko: My name is Etsuko Tajima, I’m originally from Tokyo, Japan and I currently live in Brooklyn New York. I am a musician and music educator.
AjiSignal Having grown up and learning to be a musician in both Tokyo and NY, how would you describe the Jazz scene in Tokyo?
Etsuko Jazz is popular among the adults mostly, not among young people.
AjiSignal Was growing up in a musically talented family fun or was it demanding?
Etsuko Music was just part of my life, so I didn’t think either way. It was always there like the air.
AjiSignal What do you like about playing the piano?
Etsuko Piano has 88 keys. Did you know that? So depending on what combination of note you use, it makes a makes totally different sound. Playing piano has infinity possibility.
AjiSignal Do you find you explore more musically when you play alone or with other musicians?
Etsuko Collaborating with other musicians is better for exploring. Music is a language and conversation. Sharing the same vibe and moment makes music.
AjiSignal This is a bit of a chicken & egg question but what do you find most inspiring about new york; the people or the environment?
Etsuko The people
AjiSignal Did you ever play any music with your siblings when you were younger?
Etsuko Yes. All of my siblings were in a same ensemble when we were young.
AjiSignal What are your top 3 songs or albums?
Etsuko 1. Lauryn Hill – Miseducation.
2. Esperanza Spaulding – Esperanza
3. Buena Vista Social Club-Buena Vista Social Club
AjiSignal Well thanks for talking with us and sharing a little about yourself and your music.
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