Tokyo, Tokyo, JP
Artist / Band / Musician
Aaron Choulai is a one of Australia’s most acclaimed young musicians. His music and career are not easily defined by genre or category, but the 27 year old has proven himself as a pianist and composer who has the ability to work along side the worlds best in jazz and composition.
His credits are vast and varied, including Musical Director, Pianist and Arranger for Kate Ceberano, The Black Arm Band, and director and composer for the highly acclaimed project ‘We don’t dance for no reason’, which earned Aaron a spot in ‘The most influential Melbournites’ in ‘the age’s Melbourne Magazine 2007.
Other highlights include ‘best young artist 2006” -Australian jazz awards, and numerous appearances at festivals world wide, including WOMAD, Umbria jazz festival, Tokyo jazz festival, Jazz a Juan as a band leader, and the London international theatre festival, Sydney festival and many others as a sideman.
He has worked with musicians from diverse backgrounds, such as Jim Black and Ben Monder from New York’s downtown experimental scene, world music collaborations with Israel’s Abate Berin and the ‘Tatana village choir’, as well as jazz greats such as Billy Drummond, Joel Frahm, and Clarence Penn. Recently he has joined Tokyo’s free scene with Takashi Sugawa and Ko Omura, and is now currently living in Tokyo, undertaking a research project at Tokyo University of fine arts and music.
“Ranu’ ,the latest CD from Choulai, will be available from August 18 or available for order from sunnyside records. The CD features Australian musicians Sam Anning , Ben vanderwal and Rory Mcdougal
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