Sohei Narita is a passionate and lyrical saxophonist that has no difficulty playing Jazz or Classical music. His dark, deep and warm sound lends itself to almost any style of music. His original compositions more clearly state his musical character which is a blend of several interesting elements, such as sing-able melodies, classically influenced orchestration, and exciting chord progressions derived from jazz harmony.
Sohei started playing the piano at the age of three, and thus began his fascination with the world of music. When he was eleven years old, he picked up the saxophone and was a member of the wind ensemble at junior high school. At the age of seventeen, he started taking saxophone lessons with Shinichiro Hikosaka. He attended The Showa University of Music to further his knowledge and improve on his technique. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and gained an extensive knowledge of contemporary classical music.
However, he still had a strong desire to learn more and was curious to find his own sound and style. This curiosity brought him to the New York City jazz scene. In 2015, Sohei moved to Queens, NY and began his studies in jazz at The City College of New York. In his time there, he studied with world renowned musicians such as Steve Wilson, Jon Gordon, and Jason Rigby. Rigby became a mentor to Sohei, and his influence can be seen in Sohei’s performance and compositions.
Sohei now lives in Tokyo, Japan. He proactively collaborates as a saxophonist/composer not only with musicians, but also artists, designers, dancers, hair stylists, and photographers. Sohei is currently working on a kickstarter project to release his album “Lights In The Distance,” on which you will be able to hear some of his extremely heartfelt original tunes that he recorded at the end of his time in New York.