Songstress & producer


“…she’s got that certain crossover appeal that is fluent in urban R&B, contemporary jazz, rock and infectious Brazilian rhythms, resulting in music that’s not easily categorized, yet is thoroughly engaging.” 

— All About Jazz




Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in coastal U.S. as the daughter of NEA Jazz Master and Japanese National Living Treasure Toshiko Akiyoshi, cult jazz saxophonist Charlie Mariano as well as jazz saxophonist-flutist Lew Tabackin, Monday Michiru, so named to reflect both her Japanese and American-Italian heritages, started music classically on flute studying at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in the U.S. on scholarship, gravitating later to singing, composition and production. In 1987 she debuted in the lead role as an opera singer in the Japanese movie “Hikaru Onna” which garnered her Best New Actress award by the Japan Film Academy. Her subsequent move back to Japan furthered her career in acting, as well as hosting her own radio programs, modeling, performing in fashion corporate events, and as a journalist with steady columns. Since her music debut release in 1991, Monday has released albums on an annual basis both as a soloist and collaborator and is known as one of the pioneers of the Japanese acid jazz movement. While her discography boasts countless dance floor hits worldwide, Monday’s compositional style and repertoire has evolved to that which is undeniably hers with reflections of jazz, soul, Brazilian, folk, and other urban and world flavors. Monday currently resides in New York, continues to record and perform worldwide, and heads the lyric writing seminars STORYTELLERS WORKSHOP NYC. 

For a full bio, see EPK




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October 17, 2019 (Thursday) 8 & 10 pm

Jazz at Kitano 66 Park Ave, NYC (E38 St)

(212) 885-7119

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Lyric Writing Seminars at Shetler Studios 244 W54 St, 12 Fl, NYC:

Nov 4 (Mon) 7-9 pm

Nov 12 (Tues) 7-9 pm

Nov 18 (Mon) 7-9 pm

Nov 25 (Mon) 7-9 pm

Lyricists Lounge Showcase at Club Bonafide

212 E52 St, NYC: Dec 8 (Sun) 3:00 - 4:10 pm



Naked Breath 2

Second in the NAKED BREATH series of duet recordings, NAKED BREATH 2 features long time collaborator guitarist Yoshihisa Suzuki. Writes Dusty Groove: “Beautiful work from Monday Michiru – an artist we've loved for over 20 years, and who just keeps on rewarding our faith in her work with records like this! Years back, Monday was a soul singer, then she grew into a very talented jazz singer too – and here, she's in a very special space of her own – beautifully set up with just the guitar of Yoshihisa Suzuki for accompaniment, plus a bit of her own work on flute – but mostly in a mode that just features her singing alongside the guitar! Monday's always had an expressive voice, but she really knocks it out of the park here – working so many different inflections, twists, and turns into her lyrics – so much so, we don't even miss the other instrumentation at all. Few folks could make an album this vivid with so little – but then again, Monday's always been a rare breed! Titles include the originals ‘One Thing's For Sure,’ ‘Seize The Day,’ ‘Brasilified,’ ‘Hidden Elements,’ ‘Disillusioned,’ and ‘Lone Wolf’ – plus versions of ‘One Note Samba’ and the Prince classic ‘Wanna Be Your Lover.’ “