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I'm a composer and pianist, who primarily composes modern music for two and three pianos, accompanied by a variety of instruments. I've been composing and performing my piano works since receiving my Masters of Art in Music from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. My background in classical and jazz music influences my modern compositional style. I've performed my music in concert in Alaska and in Japan. I was awarded Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Project Awards for Music Composition both in 2010 and in 2013.

Second to my interest in composing modern music, is my interest is jazz music -- modern, cool, bebop, and big band. I've actively studied jazz piano for years. My thesis for my MA was on McCoy Tyner's music style. I've had years of experience performing with big bands and lead an active combo known as Fairbanks Jazz.

upcoming events:

My band Fairbanks Jazz will perform at the UAF Pub at the Wood Center on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 8 till 11 PM. There is no cover, but you must be at least 21 years old.

We last performed as a quintet at the Tanana Valley Fair on August 7. Brett (as), TJ (d), Ryan (b), myself (p), and newcomer Jacob (t) filled the ranks. Guest signer Dina saved her best jazz vocals for one of the pieces.

Here's how we look and sound when we perform at the UAF Pub... Impressions It features Phil (b), Jim (d), Bret (as), and me on piano. Here is another video. Footprints It features Garrett (b), Bret (as), Jason (TS), Jim (d), and me on piano.

Fairbanks Jazz performing at the UAF Pub.

Fairbanks Jazz at the UAF Pub.

musical recordings:

2011 CD front cover

Samples from my CDs

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Alaska-Inspired Modern Music for Two and Three Pianos (2018) was a release of recordings of my music from my August 2017 concert performance in Fairbanks, Alaska. The compositions were all inspired by the natural world around us. Email me if you are interested in purchasing a copy.

Modern Music for Two and Three Pianos (2014) was the culmination of a year's worth of effort. I composed and performed on all of the pieces on the CD. I also conducted the other players during recordings and performances. The compositions were all inspired by the natural world around us. It was funded by a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation. I am selling the CD locally and haven't made it available for sale on the internet. Email me if you are interested in purchasing a copy.

Modern Music for Two Pianos (2011) is available from Amazon.com and at a number of venues around Fairbanks. You may also contact me if you are interested in purchasing a copy.

watercolor sketch of Etsuko performing.

A watercolor sketch captures a concert performance of "Five Worlds"
one of my modern composition for two pianos.

some past events:

This summer I performed my modern music and jazz with my musician friends in Fairbanks at the Raven's Landing on June 20, at 7 PM. My band Fairbanks Jazz also perform at the Midnight Sun Festival in downtown Fairbanks. Fairbanks Jazz also performed at University of Alaska Fairbanks Wood Center Pub last fall and this past winter and spring. I also performed at the Fairbanks Winter Folk Festival with flutist Yonni Fischer.

I performed my recent compositions for two and three pianos at a free concert on Sunday, August 27, 2017. I performed eleven premieres.

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Concert Poster for August 27, 2017 performance

I performed as part of the "Music in the Woods: performance series" a sampling of my original compositions and some jazz standards. The event took place Saturday, March 26 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks. There was a nice article on me in the Fairbanks News-Miner newspaper.

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I performed a benefit concert at Hitachi Hall in Sendai, Japan on June 21, 2015. The concert featured my music for two and three pianos. The concert was free to the public. Donations were encouraged for the continued support of efforts related to tsunami and earthquake relief. The sales of my CD after the concert were donated towards this cause.



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Click on the concert poster or the concert brochure to download a .pdf version

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my planet

I host a weekly jazz show called Saturday Morning Jazz on KSUA, 91.5 FM  from 10 AM - NOON every Saturdays.

I have a jazz combo called Fairbanks Jazz, a.k.a The Etsuko Kimura Combo. Here are some sounds from its past.  Click to listen!

Etsuko and John playing Piano 44 Hands.

I have other interests. For years I was a volunteer participant in a NASA sponsored rocket payload design and engineering program unique to the University of Alaska Fairbanks called the Student Rocket Project. In honor of the successful launch of one of our Orion-powered rocket, i.e. SRP-4, I wrote a big band composition. Have a listen to SRP-4 Rocket as it was performed by the UAF Jazz Big Band in 2007.

We Are All One 

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Compositions of mine appear on the last eight compilations of We Are All One an eclectic collection of works by Japanese songwriters. Wild Rose appears on the CD entitled Flower. Graduate School is a piece which appears on the CD "Graduation". Peace of Nature is a piece which appears on the CD "Peace". Aurora Night is a piece which appears on the CD "Good Night". Arctic Winter Morning is a piece which appears on the CD "Wake Up". Fall in Alaska is a piece which appears on the CD "Autumn". Reality and Dream is a piece which appears on the CD "Love". Thinking of You From Alaska is a piece which appears on the CD "Happy Birthday". A portion of the sales of these CD's was given to UNICEF. A limited number of the We Are All One CD's are available for sale. Contact me at my email listed.

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Etsuko and John playing Piano 44 Hands.

contact information

You can reach me at:    srp4318@hotmail.com.

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Last updated, August 2019.
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