Kibou no Tsuki (the moon of hope)
Composed by Rika Hattori
RH Sextet is
Rika Hattori (As, Composition)
Aya Miyazaki (Vo)
Kotaro Hiramitsu (Pf)
Shotaro Kaji (Ba)
Takuya “B” Arakawa (Per)
Shota Asai (Ds)
Alto, Soprano Sax & Composer & Arranger
Hattori started studying classical piano since she was three. She started playing alto saxophone at the age of fifteen.
She entered Nagoya University of Art (NUA) and studied jazz from Manteru Nonoda. While attending the University, Rika joined School Jazz Big Band and become a Concertmistress. She won the Soloist Prize with the Band at Tokai Inter College Competition.
After graduating from NUA, Hattori started his professional career and now actively performs as a member of various Big Band/Small Jazz Combo Band in the Tokai area of Japan. She also started her own band ‘RH Sextet’ which plays her original songs.
Miyazaki studied musicals in Nagoya University of Art (NUA). While in the university, she joined various stages such as musicals, straight play, various events, mainly in Nagoya.
After graduation, she expanded the area of activity as a vocalist and participated in various bands.
In 2011, Aya won the excellence award for the work which she composed and sang lyrics written by Rei Nakanishi at “J-Chanson Dream Contest”.
At present, Aya is actively playing/singing in various places, regardless of genre.
Jazz pianist, Kotaro Hiramitsu, was born in Togo, Japan. He started to play classical piano during his childhood. As a college student at Gifu University, he joined the New Stars Jazz Orchestra, Liebe Parze. This introduced him to the world of jazz. His teacher was Shuhei Mizuno.
In 2009, Kotaro started his career as a jazz pianist in the Tokai area of Japan. He won the 2012 Kanazawa Jazz Street Competition, and has been invited to perform in jazz festivals in Korea and China.
In recent years , he also performs jazz organ, his performance constantly evolving .
He released two CDs with his own group ’Straight Line’.
Furthermore, Kotaro works with many talented musicians and holds jam sessions in Nagoya. His colorful and vigorous sound and delicate phrasing is acknowledged among musicians and his audience. Since 2015, Kotaro is an organizer and executive committee member of the “Jazz Connection in Nagoya” jazz festival.
Kaji started playing classical guitar when he is junior-high. When he was high school student, he switched his instrument to a electric bass and played in a couple of rock bands.
He entered Nagoya University of Art (NUA) and studied basic techniques and music theories. He’s also deeply influenced by soul musics at that time.
After graduating NUA, Shotaro takes part in both major and indie artists concerts and recordings, in addition to playing at live sessions of various gunres; jazz, funk, latin, gospel, etc.
Takuya “B” Arakawa
Arakawa started playing drumset at the school big band at the age of twelve. He met cuban percussion at the age of sixteen. He taught himself these percussion and played in ‘Free Hills Jazz Orchestra’ as a percussioninst.
He entered Nagoya University of Art (NUA) and studied music theories from Manteru Nonoda, playing techniques from Calros Sugano, Yoshihiko Miza, and Ruben Figueroa.
After graduating from NUA, Takuya started his professional career and now actively performs nationwide. He united his own band ‘B-Style’ and ‘B-Style Big Band’ which play Cuban music besides supporting various artists and also participating various events/sessions.
Asai started playing drums at the age of eleven. He studied playing drumset from Takashi Ito at Yamaha Popular Music School. He joined school brass band when he was in Junior-High/High School.
He entered Nagoya College of Music(NCM) in 2007. He studied jazz drum from Kazuyoshi Kuroda and classical percussions from Tomoyuki Okada, Yasunori Yamaguchi, and Yukie Kurihara.
He is performing as a member of the classical percussion ensamble in Taiwan on a regular basis since 2010.
After graduating NCM, He joined Centrum Jazz Workshop and studied jazz from Jay Thomas, Gary Smulyan, and Quincy Davis.
Since returning to Japan, Shota takes an active part in both live performances and recordings in the Tokai area of Japan. He is also a drum/percussion instructor.