Former Manager to a Japanese ‘Carnegie Hall’ Singer Has Released a New Piano Album to Inherit an Encouraging Message
Classical piano album 'Elegy In Violet' released by Centaur Records
Source: Mikiko Miyakawa |
NEW YORK, N.Y., Sept. 26, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Today, Mikiko Miyakawa, the New York-based composer/pianist, originally from Japan, announced that her classical piano album “Elegy In Violet” was released Sept. 20 by Centaur Records. Mikiko is a former new wave keyboardist and manager to Eiko Shuri.
Eiko was the second Japanese performer at Carnegie Hall, and released R&B albums from Warner Records in America. However, the English words were the obstacle, which was hindering the singer from realizing her potential. Therefore, Mikiko inherits Eiko’s dream and mission without using words.
Eiko appeared on TV shows including “The Tonight Show” and “The Jerry Lewis Show.” In 1976, Eiko’s performance with Reycards Duet at Carnegie Hall was described as “little Liza Minnelli” by American newspapers.
*PHOTO CAPTION: Eiko Shuri recording with Don Costa (Center).
At that time, in a magazine interview, Don Costa, Eiko’s recording producer said “Eiko has potential to produce hits in America. However, the English pronunciation is an obstacle.”
Also, in Japan, Eiko struggled because she did not get as big hits as she deserved. The mainstream was young idol singers whose focus was not vocal charm and skills.
Unfortunately, Eiko started suffering from mental illness. But she never stopped singing. During Mikiko’s tenure (1990-2004), Mikiko booked for Eiko to appear on Japanese major TV shows, most of which resulted in Eiko’s No. 1 peak viewing rates. At the same time, Eiko’s old vinyl records quoted high on Internet auctions.
In 2004, Eiko sadly passed away. Mikiko says “I then decided to pursue Eiko’s dream and mission of serving music in the U.S. Why? I had the same dream since I was sixteen.” This dream was born when Mikiko visited Menlo Park, Calif. at her high school’s sister school. There her piano was loved by hearty students, teachers, staffs, and residents nearby the school.
Mikiko Miyakawa is a composer and music producer for TV/film, and a solo pianist based in New York City. Her classical piano album "Elegy In Violet" was released Sept. 20, 2019 by Centaur Records. Mikiko is a former new wave keyboardist and manager to Eiko Shuri.
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