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Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously

Read "Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the first two parts of this series we looked at the origins of jazz in Japan and its adherence to the American style of composing, arranging and playing. Though jazz has been popular in Japan from the earliest days, it was--as in the United States--hardly met with unanimous approval in a country that prized classical ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo: Kikoeru - Tribute to Masaya Kimura

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Satoko Fujii closes out the celebration of her sixtieth birthday with her final monthly album of 2018, Kikoeru: Tribute to Masaya Kimura. This album is more than a celebration of one life; it's a cathartic, full-circle tribute to lives that have touched the composer and been integral to her music. This sixth recording from Fujii's Orchestra ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Satoko Fujii: Atody Man

Read "Atody Man" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Secondo album (dopo lo splendido Solo) dei dodici previsti quest'anno da Satoko Fujii per celebrare il sessantesimo compleanno (clicca qui per leggere la sua intervista), questo Atody Man vede la pianista alla testa del suo quartetto Kaze nel quale oltre la tromba del compagno Natsuki Tamura troviamo i francesi Chistian Pruvost, anch'egli alla tromba, e Peter ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kaze: Atody Man

Read "Atody Man" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The second offering in Satoko Fujii's 60th birthday CD-a-month marathon is by her long time quartet, Kaze. The group's instrumentation of two trumpets, piano and drums would lead you to think it's heavily experimental and abstract, but while those elements are present, there is, on Atody Man, always a sense of order to this music with ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Satoko Fujii: un anno di celebrazioni

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La pianista e bandleader giapponese Satoko Fujii è una delle protagoniste della musica improvvisata internazionale: in veste di leader o co-leader ha pubblicato più di 80 album spaziando da lavori in solo, piccoli organici e sontuosi progetti orchestrali. In questi evidenzia una personale e avvincente sintesi tra avanguardia post-free, sperimentazione accademica ed aspetti della tradizione culturale ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Suoni Per Il Popolo 2017

Read "Suoni Per Il Popolo 2017" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Casa del Popolo, Sala Rossa, La Vitrola
Suoni Per Il Popolo
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 1-24, 2017

This year's edition of the Suoni per il Popolo, or Suoni as it is popularly known, was the 17th since the inception of Mauro Pezzente and Kiva Stimac's Casa del Popolo mini-empire, which also ...

Satoko Fuji: Invisible Hand, Trouble Kaze: June, Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo: Peace

Read "Satoko Fuji: Invisible Hand, Trouble Kaze: June, Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo: Peace" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Tre recenti realizzazioni discografiche della pianista Satoko Fujii mettono in evidenza quanto l'ampio ventaglio della sua ispirazione sia in continuo fermento, coniugando la sperimentazione di nuovi organici strumentali allo scandaglio di tecniche compositive e improvvisative, in una rete di contrasti che danno forma a un ampio affresco in costante movimento. In particolare, emerge il lavoro in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Trouble Kaze: June

Read "June" reviewed by John Sharpe

In its original form, the French-Japanese collective Kaze was already a novel proposition, with the double trumpet spearhead of Natsuki Tamura and Christian Pruvost allied to Satoko Fujii's piano and Peter Orins' drums. But on June, the novelty quotient ratchets up a notch further with the doubling of the piano and drum set. That the additional ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Trouble Kaze: June

Read "June" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Avant-garde pianist/composer Satoko Fujii augments her quartet, Kaze, with an additional piano and another drummer, to create Trouble Kaze, for the release of June.

In Fujii's eighty-plus CD discography, Kaze can be counted as one of her most adventurous modes of artistic expression. With trumpeters Natsuki Tamura and Christian Pruvost working an array of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo: Peace

Read "Peace" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The profusion of settings in which multi-instrumentalist/composer Satoko Fujii works is something of a phenomenon. The extent to which she brings something unique to each of those situations is even more astounding. In her husband Natsuki Tamura's Gato Libre quartet, Fujii typically plays the accordion to interpret the trumpeter's more lyrical and folkloric compositions. The pair ...