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 dedicated to the fire and healing 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.
Most recently, she has become a popular guest speaker on the topic of improvisation where she gave a presentation on the topic of Classical Improvisation to NEPTA, as well as for the Music Teachers’ Association of California, and Opus 119 Conservatory in Los Angeles, CA. She will also be the guest lecturer-performer this upcoming November, for the Piano Performance Seminar Series at the New England Conservatory of Music College on the topic of “Beethoven, Blues and Improvisation”.
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 YouTube 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 several years ago, she had the life changing experience of meeting the brilliant musician couple; Lefteris Kordis and Panayota Haloulakou, who became her mentor and inspiration in encouraging her to pursue a path of becoming a Jazz vocalist. 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. This past Spring, she has been invited to join as voice faculty at Morningside Music Studio where she now teaches voice and song writing.
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. In the summer of 2018, she was 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 as well as one of the 4 dancers (fire) for the Japan Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Memorial presented by the Actors Refuge Repertory Theater.