Satoko Fujii – piano
Recorded at Systems Two Studios, NYC by Joe Marciano, May 17, 1996 and September 12, 1996. Mastered at Hit Factory by Scott Hull, February 9, 2004. Executive producer: Natsuki Tamura. Art direction, design and photos: Motonobu Furuhata.
Tracklist: 1. Itsuki no komoriuta (Japanese traditional folk song) [6:00] 2. Vague [4:32] 3. 2IO [7:09] 4. Tsuki no sabaku (by Suguru Sasaki) [9:20] 5. Haru yo koi (by Ryutaro Hirota) [5:51] 6. Indication [4:50] 7. I haven’t seen you since then [3:38] 8. Autumn [2:45] 9. Ballad [6:08]
It’s a particularly encouraging to hear a pianist
of her generation who is possesed of such a mature concept of space-it’s one thing to use space, and quite another to use it interestingly…This is a most artfully-done endeavor. — Chris Kelsey, Cadence.
Critics and fans alike hail pianist and composer SATOKO FUJII as one of the most original voices in jazz today. She’s “a virtuoso piano improviser, an original composer and a band-leader who gets the best collaborators to deliver,” says John Fordham in The Guardian. In concert and on over 50 albums as a leader or co-leader, the Tokyo resident synthesizes jazz, contemporary classical, avant-rock and Japanese folk music into an innovative music instantly recognizable as hers alone. Since she burst onto the scene in 1996 after earning her graduate diploma from New England Conservatory, Fujii has led some of the most consistently creative ensembles in modern improvised music. Her latest ensemble, the all-acoustic Satoko Fujii ma-do quartet, has earned acclaim for its absorbing improvisations and their ability to build brilliant collages of sound, melody, and rhythm. Her trio with bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Jim Black has released numerous CDs, all of which earned places in critics’ year-end Top 10 lists. In 2001, she debuted an electrifying avant-rock quartet featuring Takeharu Hayakawa, Tatsuya Yoshida, and Natsuki Tamura, and their high-energy CDs were hailed by listeners worldwide.
Fujii has also established herself as one of the world’s leading composers for large jazz ensembles. Since 1996, she has released a steady stream of acclaimed releases for large ensemble and in 2006 she simultaneously released four big band albums: one from her New York ensemble, and one each by three different Japanese bands. In addition to playing accordion in her husband trumpeter Natsuki Tamura’s Gato Libre quartet, she also performs in a duo with Tamura, as an unaccompanied soloist, and in ad hoc groupings with musicians working in different genres. Her special projects have included collaborations with ROVA saxophone quartet, violinist Carla Kihlstedt, pianist Myra Melford, and Junk Box, a collaborative trio with Tamura and percussionist John Hollenbeck. Since 2008, she has been a regular member of saxophonist-composer Larry Ochs’ Sax and Drumming Core. “Whether performing with her orchestra, combo, or playing solo piano, Satoko Fujii points the listener towards the future of music itself rather than simply providing entertainment,” writes Junichi Konuma in Asahi Graph. She tours regularly appearing at festivals and clubs in the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Europe. Her ultimate goal: “I would love to make music that no one has heard before.”
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