Makiko Hirabayashi Trio

featuring Marilyn Mazur

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Last Show: Thursday 14 th September 2017

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

MAKIKO HIRABAYASHI is a Japanese pianist/composer, based in Copenhagen, Denmark since 1990. Since the release of her first trio album in 2006, Makiko has received wide critical acclaim as a personal voice on the international jazz scene. Elements of jazz, classical music, Far Eastern music and Nordic sound are all molded into an intriguing, compelling sound of her own. The trio, featuring drummer/percussionist MARILYN MAZUR (Miles Davis Group 85-89, Jan Garbarek Group 91-05) and bassist KLAVS HOVMAN has been her main focus in the recent years, where she established her unique sound through performances at major jazz festivals and venues in Europe and Japan, as well as in Egypt and Malaysia.


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“Surely is a magnificent creation that stands resolutely defiant, beckoning while withholding its secrets”

Makiko Hirabayashi has released 6 albums as a leader, 3 of which are with the trio on the German jazz label, Enja. The trio have recently recorded a new album with guest soloist, trumpet player Jakob Buchanan, due to be released on Enja, in January 2018.

Makiko Hirabayashi was born 1966 in Tokyo, Japan, where she started playing piano at the age of 4. Spending 5 years of her childhood in Hong Kong – a cultural melting point at the time, has had a lasting impact on her life. At age 20, she won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she studied for 3 years, absorbing the language of jazz. Her multicultural background and musical diversity is reflected in her music. 


Photo credits: Nicola Fasano (1&2), Karolina Zapolska (3)

Band Lineup

Makiko Hirabayashi (piano)

Klavs Hovman (bass)

Marilyn Mazur (drums/percussion/vocals)