Music & Me with … Asako Ito- 15 May 2016 -
In this interview, we speak to Asako Ito, Composer and Flutist.
Asako, when were you first introduced to music?
I began to learn Electone at the age of 4. Electone is the trademark used for electronic organs produced by Yamaha.
Tell us about your favourite music teachers.
My favourite teachers were my Electone teacher and my flute teacher. Both of them encouraged me to learn freely at my own pace with the pieces that I most enjoyed. They could not have been more supportive to my music development. I was very lucky to have such wonderful teachers.
What are your fondest musical memories?
I have been privileged to have met many artists and friends who are talented musicians, photographers, designers and music lovers. Working with them on the production of my CDs and concerts has been an enriching experience and sharing our love of music is a wonderful experience at all times.
What is your favourite TV theme tune and film soundtrack?
I love classical themed music. The theme tune of “Piano lesson” by Michael Nyman is one of my favourites.
I’m also a fan of the soundtrack of our famous Japanese animation “Sazae-san”. You can see us playing (at our gig) via this YouTube link.
What was the last download/ CD that you bought?
I really like Yuka Kawamura. She is a wonderful Japanese singer, songwriter and pianist. The last CD I bought was her new album ” Small Wardrobe”.
Imagine you’ve been given £250.00 to spend on musical equipment, CDs, DVDs or concert tickets. How would you spend it?
I would buy Virtual Studio Technology (VST) instruments for piano.
How do you balance your music with other obligations?
My music keeps me busy, so I find time to spend with my family and friends. My friend and I recently dressed in kimonos to go shopping and out to lunch. I was able to wear my grandmother’s kimono and it was a very special happy occasion.
Happiness is … drinking tea. I love English tea, Chinese tea and Japanese tea. Tea always relaxes me. Happiness is also spending time with my family and friends. Sometimes we are eager to talk about music, other times I can forget about music for a while and rededicate energy to being with special people and sharing other experiences.
Thank you, Asako. It’s been such a pleasure to learn about you and your music.