Music @NYPL presents: Afronaughtica
Mari Koga, vocalist
Chiemi Nakai, pianist
Pianist Chiemi Nakai and vocalist Mari Koga met as college students in Osaka, Japan, and came to New York together in 2000 to study jazz performance program at Queens College. In the years that followed, both have made their mark on the New York City Latin music scene and in the jazz worlds, as individual performers and as collaborators. Mari has performed on Chiemi's 2008 CD release, Bridges, and have released a full-length CD together, Afronaughtica (2010). Equally comfortable in both Latin jazz and straight-ahead jazz, this talented duo performs creative original compositions and innovative arrangements of jazz and Latin jazz standards.