Jazz pianist, Miki Yamanaka, joins Francesca to share about her musical upbringing, food as spirituality, Asian allyship, and how play makes perfect.

Miki Yamanaka is a New York-based pianist from Kobe, Japan. She moved to New York City in 2012 and has studied Piano with Jason Lindner, Jeb Patton, and Fred Hersch, and Organ with Sam Yahel and Larry Goldings. In 2015 she was one of three pianists selected to participate in “Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead”, an intensive composition residency at the Kennedy Center. She earned her Master of Music degree from Queens College, receiving the Sir Roland Hanna Award. She holds residencies at Smalls and Mezzrow Jazz Clubs in NYC, and is the current pianist in the Philip Harper Quintet, the Roxy Coss Quintet, and the Antonio Hart Group. One of her newest compositions is a 5-part suite entitled “Human Dust Suite." For more information, please visit MikiYamanaka.com

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