Mika Mimura

MikaMimura-photoMika was born in Osaka, Japan. She began to play marimba when she was 6 years old. She studied classical music at Osaka College of Music. She was inspired by Makoto Ozone, a pianist and then her study of jazz vibraphone began after graduation. She attended the Berklee Mallet Week 2003. She won a Berklee World Scholarship in Tokyo in February 2004. She entered Berklee College of Music in fall of 2004. She studied with Dave Samuels, Ed Saindon, Tiger Okoshi, Ed Tomassi and Hal Crook, among others. She was a regular member of Phil Wilson’s Rainbow Big Band and Rainbow All Stars. She had a chance to perform with Greg Osby in February 2007. She joined in “The BandA ecLectics”; the leader of the band, Petros Sakelliou won the first prize at Thelonious Monk Institute Composition Competition and Mika played in Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles as a member of the band in October 2007. She works energetically in performance, composition and arrangement regardless of genre, jazz or classic. She is a regular member of “The BandA ecLectics” and “The Marimba Music of Guatemala” with Ricardo Monzon. She is in full activity in New York and Boston.