Tadataka Unno

Born in 1980 in Tokyo, Tadataka Unno started playing the piano at age 4 and jazz piano at age 9.
He began his career as a musician at age 18 and was a standard-bearer for the young generation, performing with many leading musicians such as Yoshio Suzuki, Kimiko Itoh, and Masahiko Osaka.
But in 2008, in order to further pursue the roots and culture of jazz, Unno moved to New York, where he now resides.
Despite his new beginning from square one in a new world, Unno was welcomed by top musicians like Hank Jones, Jimmy Cobb, Roy Hargrove,
and John Pizzarelli as their first-ever regular band member from Japan. In addition to performing on world tours, Unno also plays in his own trio. 

 

About 7:30 pm on September 27, 2020, Unno was viciously and violently attacked in a Manhattan subway station and on ground by a young mob yelling “Chinese” and “Asian,” verbally abusing him. Unno was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, suffering fractures to his right shoulder and right arm as well as bruises on his entire body including the head, critical injuries potentially ending his career as a pianist.
This incident was widely reported in the news, and support poured in from all over the world. Determined not to give in to discrimination or violence, Unno now sees it as his mission to “express through music that negative energy can be converted into positive energy.” He has endured surgery and intense physical therapy, which have allowed him to make a long-awaited comeback to the stage.

 

The Aurora Foundation wishes to share this message of dream, hope, and courage with him.