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 saxophone. Tomo released his second album, "Uptown Bound" in December 2017 and he had an album release concert tour throughout Japan in January 2018. Tomo has performed at famous venues in NYC such as Minton’s, Rockwood Music Hall, Gin Fizz Harlem, Bowery Electric and Bonafide. As an educator, Tomo has taught students over Skype and at elementary schools in Japan, for people of all ages between 6 and 60 years.
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。同年冬にはデビューアルバム"Grand Slam"をリリース、2017年冬には2ndアルバム"Uptown Bound"をリリース、ニューヨークのミュージシャンと共に全国10公演を行う。これまで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。2018年4月にはアメリカ最高峰の日本美術展示でも知られるワシントンDC・フリア・サックラー美術館主催のイベントに自己のバンドで出演。
Photographer: Daichi Chohara