The Journey of Growing: My Life Story through Music
My culminating experience project is to make a recording that is expressing certain experiences that have happened in my life. The music is an expression of experiences from my upbringing, my musical identity, and any events that have deeply inspired me. As Mr. Joe Lovano told me “Jazz is self-expression”, I pursued how to express my feelings and to be able to create a message with my music. I identified which events, experiences, and time periods in my life and what specific emotions, feelings, sensations, and moments have given me. I worked on learning how to express them in my music. For example, memories from my childhood, the gratitude to people who have influenced me, nostalgia for my hometown being away from Japan, meetings and partings, and the hopeful vision of my future. I created five songs and an improvisational solo piece. Each song has a theme for different time periods of my life and is based on my experiences and emotions.
Nakamichi, Misaki, "The Journey of Growing: My Life Story through Music" (2021). Global Jazz. 102.