“Chico Hamilton has been very responsible for discovering many fine jazz artists. Mayu has been added to that long list of Chico finds. She makes every solo meaningful as each note has a true importance. Mayu is on her way to become better known to a wider audience with her first CD ‘HOPE’ as a leader.” - NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Owens
"Hope truly offers the listener a glimpse into the musical heart of one of today’s great musicians. Mayu is a shining example of the hope we all can have when we combine passion, perseverance, and a strong voice. Her voice is a gorgeous flute sound that will surely inspire hope in everyone who hears it”. – Demarre McGill, Principal Flutist of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
"Mayu gives us the opportunity to add a beautiful jazz flute recording to our collection that is on the highest level. It seems more and more that so many jazz musicians today are making recordings that all sound like each other’s recordings. Her compositions, great jazz flute playing and the great band that she has for this recording make this stand out in a much more unique fashion.” – Gerry Gibbs
Photo Credit - Gulnara Khamatova Photography
Mayu Saeki a Japan-born flutist, composer, bandleader, educator, Trevor James Flutes artist, Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records artist, and global citizen.
With nearly a decade of her musical career in New York City, Mayu Saeki, Elizabeth University of Music alumni with M.M. degree,* still keeps transforming herself with no limit. Her versatile and yet passionate playstyle is deeply rooted in her early childhood classical training and mentorship with Sanae Nakayama, Keiji Oshiro, Kazukiyo Inoue, Pierre Yves Artaud, Alain Marion, and the NEA jazz master, Chico Hamilton. She isn't a stranger to jazz clubs like Jazz At the Kitano and Jazz Gallery to name a few, but also is welcomed in hardcore rock venues like Brooklyn Bowl and Rockwood Music Hall to captivate wide range of audiences.
As she has relocated to New York from Tokyo, the opportunity has knocked her door to be a part of Chico Hamilton’s group. She has recorded several albums including “Revelation” & “Euphoric” (Joyous Shout! 2011) under the credit of the band, Chico Hamilton's Euphoria. She has continued to work with Hamilton until his passing in 2013. His last recording, “The Inquiring Mind” (Joyous Shout! 2014) features her composition “HOPE.” Aside from working in Euphoria, she has began actively performing with her own trio from 2011, and has made the debut at Jazz at the Kitano (NYC) with Aaron Goldberg on piano and Joe Sanders on bass. After a couple of Atlantic coastal tours, she has returned to the Kitano (NYC) in 2013 with Goldberg joined by Matt Penman on bass.
Post-Euphoria era, her “sideman” career continues to grow with an all-female Irish music group, Four Celtic Voices toured from 2015 to 2017. In addition, She has collaborated with a recording project “+ Strings” (MGQ 2018) by Grammy award-winning jazz alto saxophonist, Mark Gross, and she is featured on flute and piccolo parts respectively. She appeared with the Lewis Nash Group, led by the legendary Lewis Nash (drummer/composer/bandleader), at The Nash (Phoenix AZ) in Marc 2018. She also appeared with Latin Grammy award-winning artist Arturo O'farrill and Resist for Ronald K. Brown Evidence, performed at Jacob's Pillow (Massachusetts) in July 2018 and at Joyce Theater (NYC) in January 2019.
Her anticipated debut album "HOPE" has released from Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records on March 16, 2018. The album includes original compositions previously recorded with Chico Hamilton’s Euphoria, “Dilemma,” “Do You Know…?,” and “Hope” joined by Aaron Goldberg (special guest) and Nori Ochiai on piano, Joe Saunders on bass, and John Davis on drums recorded in Brooklyn, NY. Her album release tour over 2018 - Duo with Warren Wolf on piano at And Die Musik (Baltimore MD), Quartet with Nick Manson trio at The Nash (Phoenix AZ) and Jazz at the Kitano (NYC) with Ayako Shirasaki on piano, Noriko Ueda on bass and E.J. Strickland on drums.
Her educator side, 2018 summer, Mayu was a guest clinician for Texas Summer Flute Symposium Jazz improvisation masterclass at Texas A&M university (Commerce TX), performed for an opening concert with Dr. Julle Kim Walker on flute as duo set. Also she was invited to recture with Carol Mellis for a summer band camp at Arizona State University (Tempi AZ).
*The Master of Music
Educational reference and/or resume is available upon request.