harumo imai | 今井晴萌

photo by Haruki Shimokoshi

photo by Haruki Shimokoshi

Saxophone Player / Composer



同年、ピアニスト葭葉愛子との双頭プロジェクトによるファーストアルバム、「original PROJECT BAND」をリリース(現在は完売)。

2017年より”菊池ひみこFunky Unit"加入。

現在は自身のグループをはじめ、コンテンポラリージャズバンド”The Future Jazz Quartet”のメンバーとしても精力的に活動している。




photo by Haruki Shimokoshi

photo by Haruki Shimokoshi

Harumo Imai is a Japanese saxophonist and composer.

She began learning to play YAMAHA Electone at the age of three. At the age of thirteen she began playing saxophone and participated in a YAMAHA Electone live performance project for teenagers hosted by YAMAHA. This event was her first experience performing at nightclubs with other musicians, playing both YAMAHA Electone and saxophone.

At sixteen, Harumo started playing mainly saxophone at nightclubs in her hometown Shiga, Japan as well as nearby Kyoto. Soon after graduating from high school, she moved to Tokyo and began performing more actively.

In 2016, She traveled to the United States to participate in the music program VIXCAMPS, hosted by legendary bass player Victor Wooten and held in Nashville, Tennessee. She learned from Victor and other world-class musicians like Bob Franceschini and Jeff Coffin.

Since 2018, She has been a part of “Ralph Rolle & The Funk Patrol” which is a Soul/Disco live project by world-renowned drummer, Ralph Rolle (Nile Rodgers & CHICK, etc.).

In 2019, she appeared with Victor Wooten on his Japan tour as a guest musician.

Presently, Harumo is playing various styles of music, including Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Rock, Fusion, and Free Improvisation. Although she currently lives in Tokyo, she often tours the west side of Japan performing as both a band leader and side musician.

主な共演者 | Harumo has performed with...

Victor Wooten, Regi Wooten, Joseph Wooten, Derico Watson, Philip Woo(Maze featuring Frankie Beverly), Ashton Moore, Gerald Painia, Skip Martin(Kool & The Gang), Ralph Rolle(Nile Rodgers & CHICK), Roland Guerin, Naoki Isobe, 吉川弾, 飯田一樹, 佐々木秀尚, 熊谷望, 葭葉愛子, Von Baron, 森岡克司, 笹井BJ克彦, 菊池ひみこ, 村山義光, Into the Night and others...