Keiko Shiga Composer / Pianist / Sound fantasist / Improviser.
‘Unaffected by trends, and with a deep respect for intuition, nature and world peace, I strive to explore the universality of music with soul and passion and to provide a rich, musical experience for all that heals the heart and inspires happiness.’ -Keiko Shiga
Though the foundations of musical expression were laid in her early childhood, Keiko was determined to rouse herself at the age of 27 and to focus on expressing herself as a professional musician. The pursuit of a Japanese sound arose in her, and she began to concentrate on works for Japanese instruments. At the same time, she realized that a deeper understanding of the art was needed. After receiving the promotion of a Kumamoto, Japan municipal organization fund, she went to the U.S. and entered Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in 2005. There she specializing in jazz music theory, classical music theory, contemporary music theory, and Hollywood style film music theory. She studied jazz piano under Bob Winter (Boston pop symphony orchestra principal pianist) and film music composition under Richard Davis (the technical book “Complete Guide to Film Scoring” author). Her musical talent as a film music composer was evaluated by the college in 2008, and she was awarded the Georges Delerue Award. Keiko graduated in the top of her class in the same year as a film scoring major. A recital was done at Carnegie Weill recital hall, New York, N.Y. among other venues while attending the school. Folk songs of Japan were uniquely arranged by Keiko and performed at Berklee Performance Center in Boston, MA with resulting video footage receiving over 286,000 hits on You Tube.
Keiko returned to Japan in 2008 and formally began her career as a composer and a pianist. Spreading her talents to many genre, she has composed music for stage, film, television and radio commercials, orchestra, world instruments, and especially Japanese instruments.
In 2009, she released the charity CD “Mizu no Uta (Song of Water)” (composer, lyrics and producer) to promote the needs for water conservation and awareness in Kumamoto.
In 2010, the group “TRINITY” was formed and included Keiko, flamenco dancer Saya Hayashida and 21-strings koto player Izumi Fujikawa, which performed with flamenco musicians from Spain.
In 2012, she composed film music for the feature film “NOT LONG, AT NIGHT～Our Night Is Not Long” nominated for the “Japanese Eyes” category for the 25th Tokyo International Film Festival directed by Shoji Toyama.
In 2013, she released the CD album “Sanctuary” with 21stringed koto player Izumi Fujikawa.
In 2015, she released the CD album “Piano Works Vol.01”; a collection of her solo piano works. All of the music presented on the album was created from inspiration through her experiences with nature, people, spirit and emotional events that she had encountered.
In 2015, she composed music for the feature film “Magic Utopia” featured in the Anchorage International Film Festival 2015 - Feature Film Competition Outstanding Directorial Achievement Award and the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival 2016 - Feature Film Competition Special Jury Remi Award, directed by Shoji Toyama & Shuichi Tan.
In 2016, she composed film music for the short film “Winter’s Butterfly” featured in the Tehran International Short Film Festival 2016 - Feature Film Asian Competition Grand Prix and the 68th Montecatini Short Film Festival - International Competition Special Mention of Artistic Committee, directed by Shoji Toyama.
In 2016, she took part in “REALISM OF MOVEMENT” held at the Emil Cedercreutzin museum in Finland which included the performance for the opening ceremony, a solo recital, and a collaborative performance which offered a motif of improvised music and dance with the exhibition’s artists under the banner of ‘A World of Collaboration’.
In 2017, the group “TRINITY” performed at the Granada Festival in Granada, Spain.
In 2017, the 100th anniversary of Finland independence, she performed again at the Emil Cedercreutzin museum in Finland receiving accolades for her recital organized by the museum in a local newspaper interview article. In addition, a recital hosted by Vampula Church proved important in strengthening Keiko’s pursuit of international exchange with local musicians.
In 2017, she composed (arranged/lyrics/piano) music for the Japanese TV animation “Land of The Lustrous” episode 8.
Words of praise for Keiko Shiga’s work
‘There was euphoria like when we were looking at Impressionist paintings if we closed our eyes while listening.’
‘My heart is shaken violently, my emotions are busy. Lovely music that cannot be expressed in words.’
‘The real scenery of Kumamoto and water floated, and each sound seemed to soak into my body. All of the songs were full of tears. It was satisfied.’
‘I could not catch up with expressions in words. I felt nature’s beautiful energy in Kumamoto; the story of an eternal fresh moment.’
‘If you compare her performance to sentence expression, the impression of “stylus pressure” is unusually high. Anyway it is powerful. When she plays her own “Komorebi” or “Kokuu”, the sunshine and rain hardly bite into the ground without being repelled by the earth’s surface.’
‘As intense and beautiful lights plugged into clouds; music with intelligence that pierces through.’