桃井裕範/Hironori Momoi

 東京都出身。 幼少のころより父親の影響で音楽に親しみ育つ。 13歳でギター、15歳でドラムとピアノを始め る。 ロック、ファンクを中心に演奏するが上智大学入学と同時にジャズに出会い、以降ジャズに傾倒する。同大学在学中はジャズ研究会に所属、都内のジャズクラブ、セッションを中心に演奏活動をする。上智大学卒業後、20078月ニューヨークに渡米、The City College of New YorkJazz Performance科に入学。 ジャズ・クラシックセ オリー、アンサンブル、作・編曲をJohnPatitucciMike Holoberらより学ぶ。

20105月、同大学を首席(Summa Cum Laude)で卒業。 また、在学中にはThe Ervin Drake Award, The Edward Rensin Memorial Awardを受賞。20108月よりQueens College Jazz Performance科にて修士課程を開始。 David Berkman, Antonio Hart, Mike Mossmanらにアンサンブル、セオリー、作・ 編曲を学ぶ。 在学中はドラムをBilly Hart, Vince Chericoに師事。

2011年には同校の代表としてWBGO Champions of Jazz: Benefit Concertに参加。 Jimmy Heath, Roy Hargrove, Joe Lovano, Danilo Perezらのオープニングアクトと してリンカーンセンターで演奏する。20125月、同大学院を卒業。同年12月には全曲自身の楽曲からなる自身初のリーダーアルバムLiquid Knotsをレコーディングする。参加メンバーはNir Felder, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Julian Shore, Sam Minaie, Alexa Barchini20139月にOnaka Cube Musicよりリリース。 全国のTower RecordsDisk UnionHMVなどで販売中。

20133月にはJay-Z, John Mayer, Rhiannaなどが出演したことで知られるライブハウス、Canal Roomでの演奏を果たす。また、ニューヨークではKendrick Scott4年間師事。氏の音楽観に多大な影響を受 ける。 その他にも、Johnathan Blake, Greg Hutchinson, John Rileyらに師事。

ニューヨークではShapeShifter LabCanal Room Rockwood Music HallBitter EndBar Next Doorなどの様々なクラブや、ジャズ専門ラジオWBGOでの演奏などの 活動を展開。2014年より約6年半のニューヨークでの活動から本格的に日本に活動の拠点を移す。

20142月にはKari Antila New York Trioによる3週間のフィンランド、ベルギーツアーを行う。同年7月にはフィンランド最大のジャズフェスティバルであるPori Jazz FestivalKari Antila QuintetとしてBob DylanJohn ScofieldJamie CullumLarry Carlton, Dave Hollandらと同ステージに出演。

現在は東京を拠点に世界各国で様々なアーティストと活動中。主な共演ミュージシャンは、山中千尋、Gilad HekselmanNir Felder, Edward PerezJoseph LeporeJulian ShoreSam MinaieChad Lefkowitz-Brownなど。

Hironori Momoi was born in Tokyo, Japan. His father always played music at home, so he grew up with music. He picked up the guitar as his first instrument at age 13. At age 15, he began to play drums and also piano. Growing up playing rock until at age 18, music had been the main thing of his life, but he realized that something was missing.

After he entered Sophia University, he discovered that missing piece, jazz. It brought him to a new world. He switched playing rock to jazz, and started dedicating himself to it. Since then, he had been performing in Japan, but as an aspiring jazz musician, he naturally decided to move to NYC to know jazz deeper.

In August 2007, Hironori moved to New York and started studying jazz at The City College of New York. He studied jazz/classical theory, playing in ensembles, composing and arranging with great musicians at CCNY, such as John Patitucci and Mike Holober. While a student, he won The Ervin Drake Scholarship and The Edward Rensin Memorial Award. In May 2010, he attained BFA degree in jazz drum performance from CCNY as summa cum laude.

His passion for jazz brought him to study in MA at Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College from fall 2010. Graduated in May 2012 and studied with great musicians such as Billy Hart, Michael Mossman,David Berkman and Antonio Hart. Hironori has been selected among the students to perform on the radio,WBGO and his composition "Showers" was featured. He has also performed at Lincoln Center for Champions of Jazz Benefit 2011.

In September 2013, he released his first album as a leader, titled “Liquid Knots” featuring Chad Lefkowitz-Brown on tenor saxophone, Nir Felder on guitar, Julian Shore on piano and Sam Minaie on bass.

Since 2014, Hironori has moved back to Japan and he is currently based in Tokyo. While he was in NYC, Hironori has performed at many renown venues such as Lincoln Center, ShapeShifter Lab, Canal Room, Bar Next Door, Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall and many more.

In February 2014, Hironori had a 3-week tour in Europe as a drummer of Kari Antila New York Trio. He also played at the biggest jazz festival in Finland, Pori Jazz Festival with Kari Antila quintet in July 2014.

Hironori also has performed with many international acclaimed musicians such as Chihiro Yamanaka, Gilad Hekselman, Nir Felder, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Joe Sanders, Sam Minaie, Alexi Tuomarila and more.