Mika Yoshida and legendary drummer Steve Gadd team up on Mika's newest release, Mikarimba, an eclectic collection of joyful jazz tunes. Mika's beautiful Marimba playing is enhanced on this album by Gadd, renowned bassist Eddie Gomez and accomplished pianist Anders Wihk. The album is being distributed by BFM Digital, a leading digital music aggregator and distributor of independent music.
Mika and her band engage the listener with unique and original arrangements from classical tunes such as Beethoven's Pathetique, turning it into a 1970's funk groove, to jazz standards such as Chick Corea's Pixiland Rag. The most fun track on the album is, The Duke, where Gadd can be heard not just in the percussions but also scatting with Mika and guest artist Eddie Gomez.
Mika has performed solo recitals on many different stages including Carnegie Hall in New York as well as in Budapest, Toronto and Tokyo. She has performed with world famous percussion ensemble NEXUS, Richard Stoltzman and composer Bill Douglas and has been invited to PASIC to give clinics and performances.
The New York Concert Review described Mika at her Carnegie Hall debut as a flame dancing before her instrument. Her playing is equally bright, rhythmically involving and the overall effect commanded attention. 'There is always an energy and intensity which communicate very strongly with an audience' Bob Becker (founding member, NEXUS percussion group)
Mika released her first album, Mitsue, in 1998, followed up by her second release, Marimba Phase, in 2003 under Monroe Street. Mika also released a live DVD, Mirimba Madness, earlier this year that features Gadd, Gomez and Peter John Stoltzman on piano.