Upcoming Concerts

Minseok Choi Jazz Ukulele Trio

Europe Tour (postponed)

Aug.2020

East Asia Jazz Union

China Tour (postponed)

Sep.2020

Kohta Nakai Quartet

Recital vol.3 at Berklee (cancelled)

Nov.2020

Detours

What has sustained me and motivated me to play jazz piano has been my aspiration for growth and my strong curiosity. As a performer, it is a constant struggle to stay vulnerable in front of an audience. But I can’t stop myself from going on this journey. I’m driven by the wish to see what new place I can reach and how I will feel in that moment . The more I play, the more I find something interesting by taking the metaphorical side street or back alley; they always add colors to my musicality and life. So, I keep taking these detours understanding that I may not know where the journey may lead, but I am enjoying the challenge.

I am an improviser in the tradition of all creative people.

…a short excerpt from Kohta Nakai’s Recital at Berklee College of Music. Feb.2020.

About

Kohta, born in Tokyo/Japan, started his musical career in 2013 while working as an engineer in Singapore. Since then he has performed 70+ gigs per year across a diverse range of genres and venues, from a lovely small cafe to a big stage such as Singapore International Jazz Festival, from old blues to contemporary experimental music. 

His never-ending passion, finally in 2018, brought him to Berklee College of Music as a full-time student with scholarship awarded by Berklee. He is now evolving himself by embracing precious days to explore deeper world of music.