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"English Bar" February


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Once a month we invite a foreign guest who is doing something ... anything creative to share their experiences. The event's a gathering of like minded people discussing a variety of issues in a relaxed, immmersive environment. Stimulated by new information, new people and new experience.

February: Mike del Ferro

This month we have invited dutch jazz pianist Mike del Ferro to give a short talk and perform a solo show as part of his 2018 Japan tour! 

Mike del Ferro (Amsterdam) was born in Amsterdam. His father was opera singer Leonard del Ferro who sang and recorded with Maria Callas and Leonard Bernstein.He started studying classical piano at the age of nine and after falling in love with Jazz he pursued his studies on Jazz and received a Master in Contemporary Music at the Amsterdam Conservatory.

In 1989 he won First Prize at the Rotterdam Jazz Piano Competition, the Soloist Prize at the Europe Jazz Contest in Brussels, and First Prize at the Karlovy Vary Jazz contest and from 1993-1996 studied composition and arrangements with Bob Brookmeyer at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany. In 1995 Mike was appointed on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory in Gent, Belgium where he taught jazz piano until 1997. His reputation as a soloist, accompanist, composer and arranger has led to performances and recordings with musicians such as Toots Thielemans, Branford Marsalis, Jack DeJohnette, Randy Brecker, Oscar Castro Neves, Deborah Brown, Erik Truffaz, Jorge Rossy, Scott Hamilton, Richard Galliano, and many others. To date he has released 17 albums under his own name and he has appeared as a sideman on many albums in different genres from Dixieland to Salsa.

Mike has travelled the world extensively (so far 116 countries), searching for collaborations with musicians from cultures quite different to his own, and the musical results have been eye-opening, building musical bridges between cultures not normally within reach of each other. He has managed to combine elements of the revered canons of Western music interspersed with the audacity of Jazz improvisation, and paying tribute to the ancient structures of Asian, South American and African traditional music.

Mike del Ferro goes by Mark Twain's dictum - "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things can be acquired by vegetating in ...... his music reflects the array of influences that he has picked up in some of the most exotic places around the world.

Event Information

◎ Date: Wednesday 2018 / February 28. 19: 00-22: 00

◎ Fee: ¥ 500. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase

◎ Reservation: Not required


02/28(Wed) 19:00 〜 22:00
"English Bar" February


Organized by: SHIBAURA HOUSE



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