Jazz singer Mai Tachihara

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17歳で東宝映画のオーデションで合格し女優デビュー。
現在は女優兼ジャズシンガーとして活動中。

父がクラッシック音楽マニアだったので幼少の頃は常にクラシック音楽を聴いて育った。ジャズ好きの母の影響でジャズに親しむようになる。

ジャズとの初の出会いはジャック・ルーシェ・トリオのバッハの曲をジャズアレンジしたアルバムであった。後に学生時代にエラとクリス・コナーをカセットテープで聴いていた。

ジャズを歌うきっかけとなったのは、40歳になろうとした時、母の誘いで初めて鎌倉ジャズクラブダフネに行った時である。その折に素人でも歌えるセッションがあることを知り、ジャズを歌ってみようと思い立ったのが始まりである。月1回のダフネのボーカルセッションに毎回1,2曲新曲を用意し参加し続けた。

少しづつレパートリーを増やし、2012年秋に初めて代々木ナルでソロライブを行い、それ以来現在に至るまで、東京都内、横浜、鎌倉などのライブハウスに出演している。

2014年にはニューヨークへジャズの短期留学。Carol Fredette,Marianne Solivanに師事。Barry Harris,Marion Cowings,Bob Stroofのワークショップに参加。ジャムセッションにも参加しニューヨークのミュージシャンと交流を深める。

2015年の12月16日。ディスクユニオンのTHINK!レーベルより初アルバム「DRAMATIC MOMENTS」を発売。

2016年夏、The University Of Massachusetts(UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center)のJazz In Julyに参加。Sheila Jordanに師事。
Born in Tokyo, Japan.
Mai has grown up with classical music in childhood with her father who was an enthusiast of the music, especially Bach, and he occasionally listened to the Jazz band, Jacques Loussier Trio, playing Bach. That was her first experience of Jazz, although it had been a long time to get close into Jazz in the next place.

Mai passed an audition of Toho movie company in her high school age and became an actress . While she performed a professional actress, she went on to a college and her major was acting. In the college, she learned Japanese new/old stage acting, Classical Japanese dance, shamisen, Japanese classical strings, and Japanese drum. After graduation Mai Tachihara, has been performing an actress on TV drama, movie, theater and commercial film up to the present date.

Mai happened to visit the Jazz Club Daphne in Kamakura for the first time immediate before her 40th birthday with her mother who was a regular customer of the club. That was her second and big encounter with Jazz. After that she has been participating regularly in the sessions of Jazz vocalists of Daphne, which was held at the club monthly. She had learned how to sing Jazz songs and some of the people she met there gave her chances to sing on live stage at Jazz club. At first she enjoyed singing Jazz as a hobby, however, Mai had been increasingly fascinated with Jazz and started to perform singing professionally while she was working as an actress.

In 2014, Mai stayed in New York City to learn more about Jazz. She studied with Carol Fredette and Marianne Solivan about vocal training. And she attended workshops of Barry Harris, Marion Cowings and Bob Stroof and some jam sessions and she began to build a friendship with many Jazz musicians in NYC.

Mai’s life has changed with Jazz. She started the career as a professional Jazz vocalist which even herself had not expected. Jazz makes her believe all the experiences in her life, whether good or not, are wonderful. Mai has her mind on singing and acting wholeheartedly with her own experiences.

Currently, Mai is performing regularly at the Jazz clubs in Tokyo, Yokohama and Kamakura.

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