Tomohiro Mori

Drummer and Composer

 

Drummer, Composer and Educator, Tomohiro Mori was born in Fukuoka, Japan in 1992. He started playing the drums at age 3 and piano at age 5. Being raised by musical parents, Tomo was exposed to music at a very early age. His mother and father, who played piano and guitar respectively, formed a family band and played Beatles covers, in which Tomo was an active part of.

Originally, Tomo wanted to form a band with friends around his age. Although he initially did not have a strong interest in jazz, his pianist friend called Tomo to form a jazz band. Finally, he started playing jazz and formed a jazz band with his friends when he was thirteen years old. He has performed in gigs and music festivals around his hometown with this group.

When Tomo was seventeen, he was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. He has studied with Ralph Peterson Jr., Terri Lyne Carrington, Kenny Washington, Rodney Green, Darren Barrett, Dave Santoro and Hal Crook.

Tomo has been a NYC based professional musician since September, 2015. In December, 2015, he released his debut album "Grand Slam". Also, he had an album release concert tour throughout Japan, with band members consisting of NYC musicians Takeshi Ohbayashi on Piano, Tamir Shmerling on Bass and Braxton Cook on Alto. Also he has played at some famous venues in NYC such as Minton’s, Rockwood Music Hall, Gin Fizz Harlem, Bowery Electric and Bonafide.

 

森智大(もりともひろ)

ドラマー・作曲家

1992年福岡県出身。音楽好きの両親の影響で、3歳よりドラム、5歳よりピアノを始める。13歳よりジャズバンドを結成し、様々なギグ、音楽フェスティバルに出演。17歳でボストン・バークリー音楽大学のオーディションに合格し、奨学金を獲得する。

2011年渡米。バークリー音楽大学ではRalph Peterson. Jr., Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Santoro, Hal Crook, George Garzone氏、ニューヨークではKenny Washington, Rodney Green氏に師事。

2015年5月にバークリー音楽大学を卒業。同年夏にはKDDIのウェブCM"Sync Dreams"に出演し話題になる。同年秋、ニューヨークに活動拠点を移す。冬にはデビューアルバム"Grand Slam"をリリース、ニューヨークからミュージシャンを招聘し、リリースツアーを行う。2017年夏には2ndアルバムをレコーディング、同年冬にリリース、ニューヨークのミュージシャンと共に全国ツアー予定。

Bonafide, Rockwood Music Hall, Minton'sなどニューヨークのライブハウス、ジャズクラブに自己のバンドで出演。

演奏だけではなく、大学ジャズ研でのワークショップ、小学校での授業、スカイプレッスンなど教育活動にも力を入れている。

 

Photographer: Daichi Chohara

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