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Takana Miyamoto

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Pianist Takana Miyamoto is one of Atlanta's notoriously busy musical collaborators. Not only does she play solo, but she works as a "sideman" for some of the industry's most acclaimed artists, and creatively drives two bands: the Takana Miyamoto Trio and the ATLove Project. The trio serves as a vehicle for her acoustic jazz material, while ATLove incorporates elements of dance and house music.

Born in Japan, Miyamoto began playing the keyboard at age 4, and decided to become a composer when she was 14. In 1998, she won first place in the Randy Edman Jazz Piano Competition and moved to New York City. Miyamoto relocated to Atlanta after witnessing 9/11. "I was like, 'Let me get out,'" she says. Although she's managed by WCLK-FM (91.9) radio personality Jay Edwards, Miyamoto admits she doesn't listen to the radio. "I play so much music that if I'm home, often [I like] silence." She's performed and/or recorded with a legion of local and national artists, including Nnenna Freelon, India.Arie, Julie Dexter, Gaelle, Jiva, Russell Gunn, Kirk Whalum, Kevin Mahogany, Lizz Wright, Dionne Farris ... well, you get the idea. When she's not performing, Miyamoto likes to eat Thai food and jog. For more info, visit


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