Ken Aihara is a New York-based Japanese Multi-Keyboard player/Composer/ Producer and Sound Designer. Ken mixes different elements of music (Jazz – fusion, EDM, Rock, etc..) to create his style. Also, his performance produces deep and energetic sounds. Called “Finest keyboard player... Sound is dynamic, virtuosic, harmonically by Jazz Jurnal.
Ken attended Osaka University of Art(OUA), a Piano/keyboard major in Japan. While Ken studied keyboard techniques and he was inspired by progressive rock and Jazz-fusion. During his time at OUA, Ken won the first prize in various competitions and he had the best keyboard award in OUA.
After getting a degree(B.E), Ken attended Berklee College of Music.
Ken studied Piano under Steve Hunt(Allan Holdsworth), Mark Rossi(George Russell), Dave Limina(B.B. King), to name a few. He also studied electronic production design major for sound design, mix engineering, audio programming, and post-production works.
Ken graduated Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music and he moved to New York. He got opportunities to play with top New York musicians. Also, Ken played synth & sound design for drummer Tomo Hasebe ‘s on the album with Oz Noy, Isamu McGregor(Richard Bona)and Mike Marciano(Two times Grammy winner).
In 2018-2019, Ken released Jazz- Fusion Album “Multiverse”. This Album ‘s credits include a Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Pappy, 3-times Grammy winner), Evan Marien(Allan Holdsworth, Virgil Donati), Marko Djordjevic(Matt Garrison, Wayne Krantz) and Aaron Nevezie(Nerve-Jojo Mayer, Emmy Award-nominated).
He did organize, all compositions, arranging and play keyboard for this Album. His achievement on keyboard skills and compositions were highly evaluated by all of them!
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Interview with Ken Aihara
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on Jazz Fusion music and Electronic music both. I can combine these kind of different music and cleat new music and sounds.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Keyboard player skills and sound design synth sounds. And Creat a New music!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I lots of inspired Jazz Fusion musicians and EDM music
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I think Progressive Jazz Fusion, EDM, Glitch hop. Jazz Electroni etc... My one client call me my style "Progressive Space Jazz-Electronic!!!"
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Remote keyboard and Synth recording, Track making, Remix and Sound Design.