Chiemi has over 20 years of teaching experience, working with students of all levels and ages in both private and classroom settings.
Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College of CUNY, Masters of Arts in Music Performance.
Kwansei Gakuin University, Hyogo Japan, Bachelor of Art in Sociology.
Following her stints with the Japanese groups “Mamborama” and “La Orquesta de la Luz” (the most famous Salsa band in Japan), Chiemi N. moved from Osaka to New York City to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where she graduated in 2002 with a Master of Arts in Jazz Performance.
Since then, she has toured Europe with the “New York All Stars Band” (2002) including famous Latin music stars Jimmy Bosch (trombone), Giovanni Hidalgo (congas), Dave Valentin (flute), Jose Alberto “El Canario” (vocal) and Alfredo de la Fe (violin), and played with her own groups in venues including Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Blue Note, Subrosa, Jazz at Kitano, Europe Club, Nuyorican Poet Cafe among others. Meanwhile, she continues to tour Japan every year, playing concert halls and clubs in Osaka, Tokyo, Kobe and Yonago
Chiemi’s first album “bridges” was released in March 2008 and received the Best Latin Jazz of Award for that year by Latin Jazz Corner. It was also selected as one of the top six Latin Jazz CDs of Diskunion Japan /Union Award 2008.
Her second CD “Transformation” was released in 2013.
While Chiemi has focused on Latin Jazz, she regularly plays Modern Jazz of all varieties–Swing, Bossa Nova and Samba, Fusion, Ballad, and other genres at clubs and on recordings.
Chiemi’s most recent projects are the writing of music for Japanese Public Broadcasting (Nippon Hoso Kyokai) and also arranging and producing Jazz and Latin Jazz albums for other New York artists.