Monday Michiru in the Theater
March 23 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Since her solo album debut in 1991, songstress and flutist Monday Michiru has released albums on an annual basis both as a soloist and collaborator. Known as one of the pioneers of the Japanese acid jazz movement and boasting countless dance floor and radio hits worldwide, Monday’s compositional style and repertoire has evolved to that which is undeniably hers with reflections of jazz, soul, Brazilian, folk, and other urban and world flavors. Her most recent project ENSO released in 2022 highlights collaborations with Gil Goldstein, Miho Hazama, Ursula Rucker, Lucas Arruda and others, and ended up on the “Best of 2022” lists by various music influencers worldwide.
Born in Tokyo, Japan to jazz musicians Toshiko Akiyoshi and Charlie Mariano, and raised bi-coastally in the U.S. by Akiyoshi and tenor sax/flutist Lew Tabackin, Monday Michiru, so named to reflect both her Japanese and American-Italian heritage, started music classically on flute studying at Interlochen Arts Academy on scholarship, gravitating later to vocals, composition and production. A surprise turn to acting in 1987 garnered her a Best New Actress award by the Japan Film Academy, prompting a move to Japan where she furthered her career both in film and music. By 2000, when Monday moved back to New York, the list of her album releases and headlining performances worldwide was already long, yet her prolific output showed no signs of slowing down. Her compositional explorations have led her to a more expressive and mature style that is an organic growth from her roots.
Today Monday continues to live and perform in New York while touring often to Japan, and leads a lyric writing workshop “Lyricize.”
“…she’s got that certain crossover appeal that is fluent in urban R&B, contemporary jazz, rock and infectious Brazilian rhythms, resulting in music that’s not easily categorized, yet is thoroughly engaging.” — All About Jazz
“At a time when music is in a state of flux mostly as a result of the virtual collision of idioms and metaphors, it is a joy to hear the voice of Monday Michiru.”— Latin Jazz Network
“A small, beautiful woman with endless power.”— Jazz Dimensions
Winner of U.S. fashion magazine Harper Bazaar’s “Fabulous at Every Age” 40s category (2012)