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AfuriKo: Tao

Read "Tao" reviewed by Geno Thackara

On first impression, AfuriKo seems to sit somewhere between groovy Miles Davis circa Big Fun (Columbia, 1974) and the electric '70s fusion of, say, Joe Zawinul or Jeff Beck. You have the deep rhythms, world- spanning percussion and any tone an electric piano can make. The name is a portmanteau combining the Japanese terms for “child" ...


Akiko Horii

Originally classically trained on piano in Kobe (Japan) and New York, jazz percussionist Akiko Horii attended the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles on a scholarship and obtained her bachelor’s degree in West African Music and Dance in 2004. At CalArts, she studied with a family of Ghanaian masters: Alfred, Kobla, and Beatrice Ladzekpo. She then attended California State University’s postgraduate Afro-Cuban music course, studying with pianist/composer Paul De Castro and percussionist Robert Fernandez. During the same period, she also studied and worked with master djembefola Mamady Keïta in Los Angeles and in Guinea (and began to learn the art of the balafon with Bala Camara), as well as spending some time in Ivory Coast and Mali