Hiromi: Newport Jazz 2011 Hear the first of the dynamic Japanese pianist's two shows at Newport.

Hiromi: Newport Jazz 2011

Hiromi: Newport Jazz 2011

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Hiromi performs on the Fort Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival. Erik Jacobs for NPR hide caption

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Hiromi performs on the Fort Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.

Erik Jacobs for NPR

The Japanese pianist Hiromi Uehara — who records as Hiromi — is a dynamo of a performer. She'll reach into the piano and dampen the strings; she'll bob and grunt and contort and otherwise rock, all while playing dizzying runs of jaw-dropping technique. For the first of her two shows at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival, she was unaccompanied, much like on her 2010 album Place To Be. But she played with the force of four hands from the expansive Fort Stage overlooking Narragansett Bay.

Personnel

  • Hiromi Uehara, piano