Aya Iwata started playing drums at the age of 14. She went on to graduate music college and then become a professional jazz drummer. She won best drummer at the Moriguchi Kadoma 2003 Jazz competition in Osaka. Aya took a long break from playing because of being burnt out that lasted about nine years. That all changed after seeing a performance by legendary drummer Fukushi Taninaka who is the drummer in Lou Donaldson's band. his performance opened her eyes and rekindled the fire to play again. Since that day, Aya can't live without the drums and desires to be a great drummer.