Known for her unique daring performances where she often combines multi-disciplines/genres and media, Sarah Takagi has emerged as an original thinker and performer who is unafraid to redefine, reinvent, and expand the concept of music, identity, and performance in context of innovation and her spiritual practice.
Coming from generations of samurai warriors and two generations of christian ministers, Sarah is here to fight and heal through the gifts of the Spirit in the creative realm. By her often provocative, left field programming, presentation and performances, she cuts through dull, lifeless traditions, labels and categories thereby awakening and enlivening the audience to realize a potential for a more fresh, spirited, authentic reality.
As an award- winning pianist, Sarah Infini Takagi has performed at Carnegie Recital hall, Kennedy Center, 92nd Y as well as on Public Television, Radio and Film. As a concerto soloist, she has performed over a dozen concerti under the batons of BSO conductors Pascal Verrot and Carl St. Clair among others. As a chamber musician, she has performed with Boston's top chamber groups, Radius and Chameleon Ensembles as well as with her own Duo PiantiCella with Longy-Bard College faculty cellist Michael Bonner. Her solo CD “Lavender Bouquet” which offered classical music with Reiki healing energy was the Top Selling Album in 2008 at CDBaby.com.
In 2014, she released “@Play” her first all original improvisation CD recorded live from her solo show with guest artist singer Sarah Rogo. As an improviser, she has performed on piano and synthesizers with singers, dancers, mime, yoga dancer, as well as with interactive fractal images on screen. Her video featuring her multidisciplinary collaboration with established performing artists C. Neil Parsons and Greg Jukes ( from the Fourth Wall) where they improvised between piano, drums, and dance; was recently recognized by the international performing arts organization, HAIKARA ART as an outstanding work of art by a nikkei artist. In recent years, she has found herself as an improviser beyond her first instrument; improvising as a dancer, actress, singer, and a clown. In November 2016, she was the featured speaker on Classical Improvisation for New England Piano Teachers’ Association. She has most recently been invited to speak on the subject of improvisation, comedy and theater by the Music Teachers' Association of California and the Opus 119 Conservatory in Los Angeles, CA.
In addition to improvising, she has also composed several works for piano and voice including a solo piano piece “Ocean Voices” which was premiered at Roy Barnett Hall at the University of British Columbia for planetary healing conference in 2014. Her folk-pop song "We Are Infinite" which featured her own young students with original choreography, has become one of her most popular videos on her You Tube Channel. She has also become known for her re-compositions of classical music, most recently recomposed Beethoven and Mozart piano sonatas which she performed in context of a Victor Borge inspired comedy sketch.
Just a few years ago, she has crossed genre and medium into singing Jazz. After making her solo debut show at Lilypad with the Lefteris Kordis trio in 2015, she has performed frequently with local top musicians, seen singing often at the historically well known Wally's Cafe, Ryles Jazz club and most recently as a regular performer at Bebop in the heart of Boston.
Most recently, she has emerged into expressing herself through her first love, dance. Having performed for decades as the official pianist for the Isadora Duncan dancers, she has emerged as a dancer herself, where she performs often as an improviser and her improvised dance to the music by the rock band Egg Queen was televised as a feature on Somerville Cable Television (SCAT). As a choreographer, she collaborated with Kelli Edwards a vaudeville style dance for the Haydn Piano Sonata which she performed with the dancers in Jordan hall. As a producer and director of her own shows, she has produced shows titled "Mousike" (Greek term to denote the union of dance, poetry and music) where she performed and directed as a clown, improviser on piano and synthesizer presenting the union of music and movement featuring movements of yoga, modern dance, and mime. Most recently, she has been invited to perform as a dancer for the Kelley Donovan modern dance company where she performed as part of the Onstage Summer Performance Series in Malden, MA. In August of 2018, she will be performing as one of the 4 dancers for the Japan Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Memorial presented by the Actors Refuge Repertory Theater.