Satoko Fujii: Defying Expectations
"It was amazing and immediate, Kihlstedt said of that first show together. "It was one of those moments when music takes you where drugs never could. She's fantastic. She's a total powerhouse, but she also has unimaginable subtlety and an enormous technical and emotional vocabulary.
Fujii may be convening her New York Big Band this fall and has West Coast shows scheduled in September with Tamura, Larry Ochs and a piano duo with Myra Melford. The rest of the year will see new CDs including a duo with Kihlstedt, a double duo with Misha Mengleberg, a second Junk Box record (the couple's trio with John Hollenbeck) and new recordings by her trio and quartet. What the year won't see much of is Fujii sitting still.
"I have a busy year, Fujii said. "If we are home too much, we get bored.
Satoko Fujii Min-Yoh Ensemble, Fuijin Raijin (Victo, 2007)
Junk Box, Fragment (Libra, 2006)
Satoko Fujii Quartet, Zephyros (Natsat, 2003)
Satoko Fujii Orchestra East/West, Double Take (Ewe, 1999
Satoko Fujii, Kitsune-Bi (Tzadik, 1998)
Natsuki Tamura/Satoko Fujii, How Many? (Leo-Libra, 1996)
Satoko Fujii/Paul Bley, Something About Water (Libra-Bomba, 1995)
Courtesy of Satoko Fujii