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Yoshie Nakayama


 
Bio//
 

Yoshie Nakayama is a composer, arranger, trombone player, singer as well as educator, based in Boston.  People recognize her warm and jazzy Acappella productions. Yoshie’s creation varies from traditional Japanese songs, educational piano pieces, to jazz big band, orchestra, and so on. Some of Yoshie's works are stocked in the Japanese Library of Congress in Tokyo. 

 

In 2002, Yoshie received a music teacher’s license in Japan when she graduated from one of the best music institutions in the country, Kunitachi College of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.

She also graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston where she was awarded a scholarship and graduated with Summa Cum Laude in Contemporary Writing and Production along with the Achievement Award from the College.

In 2020, Yoshie launched a global initiative, Songs for World Peace as a Co-Founder to promote peace through the power of music. They launched the project with 60 songs by artists from 70+ countries on September 21, 2020, as well as September 21, 2021 with additional 25 songs by artists from 23 countries.

The initiative has been supported by UN Women San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, Musicians Without Borders, Together Productions, art 27, and World singing Day. 

Yoshie is also the Official Arranger of the UNIVOZ Vocal Ensemble. In 2019, UNIVOZ won the popular Acappella competition TV program, “Sing That Thing!” on WBGH2 with her original composition, "Sing For You". In 2020, Yoshie's acappella video production, "Blame It On the COVID-19 feat. UNIVOZ" received

the Grand Prize, Judge Sato Award, and the Musicality Award from the Japanese remote choir competition, "Tele - Chorus Contest". The video also took part in the m-pact Vocal Festival 2020. In 2021, A music video of Yoshie's original composition "Sing For You" performed with UNIVOZ was premiered at the Global Voices Film Festival San Francisco hosted by UN Women USA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter along with "We Declare Peace - Songs for World Peace Finale Song" that she wrote the strings arrangement for.

Currently, Yoshie teaches Arranging 1 & Arranging 2 courses since September 2021 as well as the Vocal Writing course from January 2022 as an Associate Professor of Contemporary Production and Writing department at Berklee College of Music. 

[Awards]

"Blame It On the COVID-19 feat. Univoz"

The Grand Prize, Judge Sato’s Award, Musicality Award  at the 1st Tele-Con hosted by Tele-Chorus Project

[Past Works]

2021

Co-Founder - Songs for World Peace song release

Composer - "Sing For You" music video premiered at the Global Voices Film Festival San Francisco hoster by UN Women USA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Role of "Trombone Woman" - Amazon Prime Drama Series "Goliath" directed by Billy Bob Thornton

Trombone - Nêgah Santos, Album "O Pandeiro"

2020

Arranger & Singer - Participation with "Blame It On the COVID-19 feat. Univoz" at M-PACT Vocal Festival

Strings & Horn Arranger - "Mad Love" by Infinity Song (Roc Nation)

Arranger - "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" published by Jazz Vocalist Society of Japan

Co-Founder - Songs for World Peace launch & song release

Choir Singer - "Library of Inspiration" produced by Ester Wiesnerová

BG Vocalist - Aref Arefkia Album Recording

Composer - School Introduction video of High School of the Kunitachi College of Music

Trombone - "Dil Chahta Hai" new music video by Berklee Indian Ensemble

Choir Singer - UCLA Game Music Ensemble Concert at UCLA Shoenberg Hall

2019

Choir Singer -  Shahkar Bineshpajooh Concert at Microsoft Theater

Music Copyist - "Upin & Ipin: Keris Siamang Tunggal (Upin & Ipin: The Lone Gibbon Kris)" Composed by Andrew Bong

Strings Arranger - Russel Stover Chocolates Nationwide TV Ads, "I Wanna Make You Happy" by Victory Boyd

Composer - "Sing For You" performed by UNIVOZ at "Sing That Thing" on WGBH2

Arranger & Vocalist - Releasing a single "Furusato - Homeland-"
 

2018

Trombone - "Runner In The Rain" by Mariel Austin

Trombone - Infinity Song & Victory Boyd at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Trombone - "Dil Chahta Hai" music video by Berklee Indian Ensemble

Composer, Arranger & Vocalist - UNIVOZ Mexico Tour

BG Vocalist - "One More Time" by Salil Bhayani

Co-Arranger - "Tangos A Mompou" by Olivia Pérez Collellmir

2017 

Arranger - Women of the World Japan Tour

Trombone - "Coffee Gold Sugar Cane" by Flavio Lira

Trombone - "Illegal Grooves" by Nacho Gonzalez

Vocal Coordinator - "Starship Troopers - Traitor of Mars -" Japanese edition by Sony Pictures Entertainment

Trombone - "Middleschoolandia" at Hollywood Fringe Festival

2016

Music Producer & Trombone - RiseUp As One, with Alejandro Sanz - the event hosted by Univision

BG Singer - Emmy Award-winning documentary "Imagination Off the Charts - Jacob Collier Comes to MIT"

Arranger & Conductor - Berklee College of Music Commencement Concert in presence of Milton Nascimento, Isley Brothers, Rita Moreno at Boston University Agganis Arena

 

2015

Arranger & BG Vocalist - "Berklee Meets Joyce Moreno" at Berklee Performance Center

Arranger & Vocalist - Berklee International Folk Music Festival at Berklee Performance Center

2014

Trombone - Performing the Japanese national anthem performance with Tiger Okoshi at Massachusetts State House

2013

Trombone - "Distant Worlds: Final Fantasy World Tour" at Boston Symphony Hall with the composer, Nobuo Uematsu's presence

BG Vocal & Trombone - "Zlee" at Cotton Club Tokyo

Voices - HITACHI China Ads