Ai Kuwabara ( pianist / composer )
Active since her early years, winning many awards including gold medals at the All-Japan Yamaha Electone Concours. Featured in AERA magazine as “Genius Electone Girl.” In May 2012, self-produced her first album “from here to there,” then added bonus tracks and re-released it the following November through ewe records for a national debut. Released in April 2013, her second album, “THE SIXTH SENSE,” reached number one on the Tower Records Jazz Chart (Japan). She won the first prize at Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition in Kawasaki 2014 in November 2014, and appeared on Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition in Switzerland. Her 5th album “Ai Kuwabara with Steve Gadd & Will Lee 「Somehow, Someday, Somewhere” was released in Feb 2017. Piano & Drums duo Album “Ai Kuwabara × Shun Ishiwaka「Dear Family」” including an opening theme of TV Program「Saturday Station / Sunday Station」will release in Nov 2017.