‘Yurari’ composed by Mika Ota
Mika Ota (Org)
Yoshitaka Yamashita (Dr)
Organ and Keyboard player / Composer / Arranger
Mika Ota started her musical career when she won the 30th Yamaha Electone competition in 1993. Mika performed as a professional demonstrator for Yamaha from 1996 to 2008. In 1995, she played musical background at Cannes Japanese Culture Festival. From 1996 to 98, Ota played at various scene including TV background and orchestral concert.
She also teaches organ at Nagoya University of Art.
At present, Mika Ota is playing as a freelance keyboard player, playing with her own organ trio in addition to providing musical support in various kinds of live sessions.
Yamashita started playing drums when he was in high school. He attended Nagoya University. While at university, he joined a jazz big band and started playing jazz. He attended the Drummers Collective in New York, after graduating university. He studied various musical styles of drum set and percussion at the school.
Upon returning to Japan, Yamashita joined the club-jazz band ‘native’ and released six CDs and one EP. After leaving the band, he joined many sessions and bands.
As a member of the piano trio ‘Dear Blues’, he played at the “Festival eclats d’Email” in 2013 in Limoges, France. The trio released their most recent album ‘La Mesha’ in 2016.
Yamashita toured Italy in 2014 as a member of the band ‘TRISPACE’ and recorded in Sweden. In 2015, the band released their newest album ‘Nightfall’.
In 2016, Yamashita participated in Kaoru Tsubakida’s album ‘Mountain with No Name’ and following nationwide tour in Japan.
Yamashita currently performs with a number of regular bands, in addition to various sessions and recordings in a wide range of music genres.