MILES OKAZAKI: WORK

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Miles Okazaki: WORK (Miles Okazaki- guitar)

“WORK,” THE COMPLETE COMPOSITIONS OF THELONIOUS MONK FOR SOLO GUITAR, RELEASED IN SIX VOLUMES (6 DISCS) ON AUGUST 15, 2018.

“The first of its kind, Mr. Okazaki’s release sent a stir of excitement through the jazz world. . . . Mr. Okazaki used no overdubs or effects and never changed a piece’s key, time signature or central melody. But he arrived at an engrossing, nearly five-hour collection that sounds entirely new.” 
— The New York Times
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TOUR DATES:

May 09 - 13, 2019: East Coast, USA / **BOOK NOW**

May 15, 2019: East Coast, USA / **BOOK NOW**

May 16, 2019: East Coast, USA / **BOOK NOW**

May 17, 2019: PORTLAND, ME, USA

May 18, 2019: CAMBRIDGE, MA, USA

May 19, 2019: PITTSFIELD, MA, USA

Sept 12 - Oct 16, 2019: NORTH AMERICA / **BOOK NOW**

BIO:

The year 2017 marked the centennial of Thelonious Monk's birth, full of commemorations and remembrances of the master composer. After performing in a tribute concert that year, guitarist Miles Okazaki decided to embark on a deep dive into Monk's music, documenting his progress as a recording project. Over the course of the next year, he exhaustively researched every composition in the repertoire and translated each one onto the guitar, staying as faithful as possible to the original material while improvising arrangements with a focus on rhythm. With 70 compositions spanning six full-length albums, this is the first time that the complete Thelonious Monk songbook has been recorded on a single solo instrument.

Work: The complete compositions of Thelonious Monk

Available exclusively at: 
okazakiwork.bandcamp.com
Liner notes at:  
milesokazaki.com/albums/work

Miles Okazaki is a NYC based guitarist originally from Port Townsend, a small seaside town in Washington State. His approach to the guitar is described by the New York Times as “utterly contemporary, free from the expectations of what it means to play a guitar in a group setting — not just in jazz, but any kind.” His sideman experience over the last two decades covers a broad spectrum of approaches (Kenny Barron, John Zorn, Stanley Turrentine, Dan Weiss, Matt Mitchell, Jonathan Finlayson, Jane Monheit, Amir ElSaffar, Darcy James Argue, and many others). He was seen most prominently with Steve Coleman and Five Elements from 2009-2017. As a leader  Okazaki is known primarily as a composer, having written four volumes of original compositions over the last 12 years. His most recent album Trickster was released on Pi Recordings last year to wide acclaim, receiving editor’s picks in Downbeat and JazzTimes, called “a true concept album” by the Wall Street Journal and “a mature work for the ages” by PopMatters. This album of Thelonious Monk compositions is his first recording of standard repertoire.

PRESS:

“Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday in 2017 brought a flood of tributes, but the most monumental statement of devotion came a year late. Across six discs, the guitarist Miles Okazaki covers every known Monk composition, honoring the composer’s crooked style and getting his guitar to sound just as resonant and embodied as Monk’s piano did.” – The New York Times “Best Jazz of 2018”


“an act of immersive scholarship and exhaustive scope…a singular achievement…There’s a spare and haunting quality to the sound, as a result of the restrictions imposed — but at no point does it feel as if Okazaki could have used more on his palette, or reinforcements. His effort has an integrity borne of solitary focus” – Nate Chinen, WBGO


“The first of its kind, Mr. Okazaki’s release sent a stir of excitement through the jazz world. . . . Mr. Okazaki used no overdubs or effects and never changed a piece’s key, time signature or central melody. But he arrived at an engrossing, nearly five-hour collection that sounds entirely new.” – The New York Times


“All I can say is ‘wow.’ This is also a reminder of how much of the best music now comes from self-produced projects and small indie labels…Miles Okazaki pursued his own vision on this, and kudos to him” – Ted Gioia


“an intimate, warm, enigmatic, playful, gentle experience” – The New York Times


“strikes a difficult balance between the personal and the reverential” – Free Jazz Collective


“a heck of a surprise” – NextBop.com


“a Brobdingnagian accomplishment” – All About Jazz


“delivers an emotional charge” – Bandcamp “The Best Jazz, August 2018”


“dazzling invention” – JazzTimes