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Oddball vocal improviser, pianist, and composer
A former journalist with childhood piano training at Juilliard Pre-College and a stint as a
one-time war reporter on her résumé, Kyoko Kitamura is an oddball vocal improviser and
composer who has performed and/or recorded with many distinguished musicians
including Anthony Braxton, Reggie Workman, Steve Coleman, Jim Staley and Taylor Ho
Bynum. Recently, she appears on Trillium E (New Braxton House 2011), the first ever
studio-recording of an Anthony Braxton opera, and released her first solo album
Armadillo In Sunset Park, a collection of music written for the New York-based dance
company Mark Lamb Dance.
She can also be heard on the critically acclaimed Taylor Ho
Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings release Madeleine Dreams (Firehouse 12 Records 2009),
Jamie Baum’s Solace (Sunnyside Records 2008), and Steve Coleman’s Lucidarium (Label
Bleu 2004) among others. She currently works with Anthony Braxton as a vocalist in his
Tri-Centric Orchestra and as a board member of his Tri-Centric Foundation. Her own
songs are often based on her real-life experiences. AllMusicGuide calls her “a major
asset... Kitamura is an expressive vocalist who knows how to be quirky and eccentric but is
also quite musical.”
Free MP3 download from her latest album available here (Charlie Brown's Wandering Eye
from the album Armadillo In Sunset Park):
Take Five (Q&A) with Kyoko Kitamura here: