Spicepot was formed in the spring of 2003. Yukari was looking for a way to play music as free as possible. After a daring search all around NY, she finally find the like minded musicians to explore an inprovisational music with world musical elements. YUKARI Flute - Piano - Composer Japanese born Yukari encountered music at the tender age of 5 when she began taking classical piano lessons. By the age of 10, classical flute lessons with a teacher from Toho School of Music were added to her music curriculum. Music was degraded to a hobby while she pursued her another interest in sociology at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies with the awarded grants. After graduation Yukari embarked on a novel approach to re-immerse herself in music. She visited over 20 countries including India, Spain, Austria, Mexico, and Morocco, playing with local musicians to gain experience and pay her way. Her perfect pitch and natural musical talent enabled her to absorb many musical styles into her repertoire. While in Puerto Rico she was discovered by former members of the Fania All Stars who encouraged her to make the leap and play the flute professionally. She also attended the Berklee school of music workshop in Puerto Rico and received an outstanding musicianship award. In 2000 Yukari moved to New York to further her musical education by studying Jazz with William Cepeda, Lew Tabackin, Jamie Baum, Barry Harris, SIM (School for Improvisation of Music) directed by Ralph Alessi and classical flute with Ardith Bondi and Marco Granados, whilst participating and performing in the local music scene with supporting herself by modeling and translating. . She has played Latin & Brazilian, Jazz, Flamenco and Funk at such venues as the B.B.King club, Zinc Bar, Blue Note, CBGB's, Living Room, Bottom line, Nells etc... Yukari's composition credits include soundtracks for several independent films and music for a play called ' there is no place like no place'' directed by Jenn Ben Yakov, and songs for her band 'spicepot'.