Bassist, Guitarist, Composer, and Arranger Aki Yamamoto is active on the New York City music scene performing and writing in a wide variety of musical styles including jazz, pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, electronic, classical and Japanese music.
Aki's newest project "Wrestle Jazz" a Jazz piano trio, was released from Warner Music Japan in February 2012 and it recorded the top three seller for iTunes Jazz in Japan. He is also signed to produce a 12 inch LP vinyl record, "The Archi-tet 2 (temporary name)" from Qualia-Highend on around the end of 2012. Bob Giraldi, an American film and television director best known for directing the music video for Michael Jackson's song "Beat It", used Aki's composition in Giraldi's movie "The Grey Coat" in 2010 and in Hamptons International Film Festival in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Aki’s big band arrangements have been performed by such notable artists as Mulgrew Miller. Holding a master’s degree from William Paterson University, a bachelor’s degree from California State University at Northridge, and an associate’s degree from Pasadena City College, Aki’s former teachers include Jim McNeely, Richard DeRosa, Gene Bertoncini, John Pisano, and Matt Harris.
Born in Japan in 1977, Aki’s earliest musical training began with his piano studies at the age of 9. At 16, Aki took up the double bass and was soon after performing classical music regularly in concert bands, symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles in his hometown, Tottori, in Yokohama, and throughout the wider Tokyo metropolitan area. It was Aki’s passion for jazz and commercial music that brought him to the U.S., where he built upon his classical foundation to develop his career in jazz and pop performance and arranging.
Aki’s skills and experiences in these diverse musical areas led naturally to his interest and success in computerized music sequencing. His electronic compositions are featured on a variety of media including TV news programs, commercials, independent films, and websites. His recent work is Introduction-Reel for Hamptons International Film Festival 2009. In addition to performing his own music and jazz as a sideman regularly in New York clubs, Aki’s current composition projects include musical direction for the media production company Broadway Caprice in Times Square, a music publisher Freeplay Music, and a music production Groovemaster Entertainment in Brooklyn.