Kevin McHugh is a pianist and composer originally from Seattle.  He began working in improv theater professionally from age 15, when he joined Seattle’s Unexpected Productions as their main pianist for Theatresports shows as well as long form productions.  He continued improvised theater at Oberlin College and Conservatory, where he graduated magna cum laude with degrees in piano and German.  In 2006 he won a year long Watson Fellowship to pursue a self-designed project exploring improvised music scenes in São Paulo, Cairo, Mumbai, Shanghai and Tokyo.  Upon returning to the US, Kevin lived in the Bay Area as a regular pianist for numerous improv groups including Bay Area Theatresports (BATS), Secret Improv Society and Big City Improv, as well as the Tony awarding winning San Francisco Mime Troupe.  

Since 2009 Kevin has lived in Tokyo, working as a full-time jazz pianist and accompanist for both Broadway and improv theater shows.  He is the leader of the improvised collective “nariiki,” a founding member of the Japanese improv group Improlabo, as well as the pianist for the Tokyo Comedy Store.  He has taught improvised music to actors and musicians of all levels, and has performed in hundreds of shows with actors from nearly every major improv theater in North America, Europe, and Asia. Using this broad experience, his workshops examine core musical concepts through building up fundamental music skills, song forms and styles. While having fun.

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ケビン マキュー

1982年アメリカ合衆国ワシントン州シアトル生まれ。ピアニスト・アコーディオン奏者。アメリカ合衆国で最も古い歴史をもつ音楽学校、オバーリン音楽院でジャズピアノとドイツ語を専攻し、DAAD奨学生としてベルリン工科大学で音楽とデザインを学ぶ。2006年にはトマス・J・ワトソン研究奨学金を獲得し、一年間に渡ってブラジル・エジプト・インド・中国・日本の大都市における即興音楽シーンを研究する。2007年から2009年にかけてはニューヨークおよびサンフランシスコを拠点としながら、ジョン・フェファー主宰のバンドCapillary Actionや、トニー賞受賞の劇団The San Francisco Mime Troupeと共にアメリカ・ヨーロッパ各地でツアーを行う。

現在は世界各地を飛び回りながら即興音楽を中心として精力的に活動しており、30近くの国での演奏実績をもつ。ベルリンを拠点とする音楽集団North American Tonal Organizationや、東京を拠点とする即興実験学校(インプロ・ラボ)の立ち上げメンバーでもある。2012年には、国際交流基金からの助成を受け、東日本大震災復興支援のための演劇および短編映画作品に楽曲を提供した。また、最近では、日米の音楽家を結びつけるプロジェクトSeattle Meets Tokyo: Modern Jazz Connectionsの主宰者として、2015年のSeattle 4Culture賞を受賞している。


Music Fundamentals

Are you a total beginner and lack confidence in your singing?  Not sure where a verse ends and a chorus starts? Have some experience but want to refresh? Join my fundamentals workshop to get back to the basics!  We cover everything from basic musical concepts, breathing, rhyming, feeling beats, how to hear an intro, simple song structures and more. Armed with some basic knowledge, by the end your confidence will be up and you'll want to sing about it!


A continuation of fundamentals, we get deeper into song strutctures and work on bridges and polished endings, key changes, and a larger variety of rhyming styles.  We'll also explore creating lush harmonies, contrapuntal singing and beyond. Take your group, duo and solo singing to the next level!


Ever wonder how the blues came about? What the difference between an aria and a recitative is? Why is call and response important? In my styles workshop we'll not only learn the history behind certain musical styles, but break down real life examples to get to the essence of each.  Stop faking it and gain real knowledge of a variety of rich musical traditions.  So get the inside scoop on styles like Broadway musicals, salsa, blues, bossa nova, opera or request your own! 

Tailor Made

Does your group have something special they really want to drill? Just work on choruses for 3 hours? Develop harmonies and group songs? Up your sea chanty game? No problem, on request I'm happy to create a thorough and unique workshop to fit your musical needs.