Berklee at the ICAManami Morita and Randy Runyon
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Once a month, Berklee student performers with innovative original music representing a wide range of styles perform in the State Street Corporation Lobby at the ICA. The Water Café by Wolfgang Puck serves refreshments.
Manami Morita was born in Saitama, Japan in 1984. She started to play the classical piano at 4 years old. At that time, she hated piano lessons because the classical piano didn't attract her. On the other hand, she loved to play just as she liked and felt. At the age of 13, she met jazz. Though she had never had a chance to study music as education, in 2004, she fortunately got a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music and decided to change her life (she thought of becoming an English teacher or a flight attendant) by coming to the United States. In 2006, she started her career at Berklee and to seach her own music based on jazz. In 2007, she was selected as one of the four featured pianists at Berklee and awarded Mary Jane Earnhart Endowed Scholarship. Also, in 2008, she was honorably selected as the year's representative of Jazz Composition Department at Berklee from its faculty members and awarded the Herb Pomeroy Award.