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Aki Takase

Born in Japan, lessons of piano since 3 years old, later on studies of music at Tohogakuen Music University. Since 1978 several stays in the USA. Many concerts & recordings in Japan with Dave Liebman, Lester Bowie, Joe Henderson, Cecil McBee. 1981 first concert in Germany at Jazzfestival Berlin/Philharmonie. Since 1987 live in Berlin. Intensive work with Alex von Schlippenbach (Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra) and other musicians of the European New Jazz. (Evan Parker, Paul Lovens, Han Bennink, Tony Oxley...) In Duo with Maria Joao(1987-1994), with David Murray. in Trio with Rashed Ali and Reggie Workman. in Stringquartet (tour with Tristan Honsinger a.o.) Since 1996 play in Duo with Rudi Mahall.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alexander von Schlippenbach: Slow Pieces For Aki: Piano Solo

Read "Slow Pieces For Aki: Piano Solo" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach began recording in the 1950s. Twenty years into the new millennium, he continues to do so prolifically, with twenty-five albums under his own name listed on Wikipedia--a seeming short shrift; his three solo albums on the Intakt Records label from 2005 and 2012 somehow didn't make the list, suggesting there are more. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Japanese Iconoclasts - Part 2

Read "Japanese Iconoclasts - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

From audiophile jazz labels, to definitive record stores and jazz kissaten, the outstanding jazz bars that provide a cozy place for jazz fans to congregate and share their love for jazz, Japan has traditionally been one of the most jazz-friendly countries in the world. Here is the second part of a special edition that pays tribute ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Budapest Music Center: A cultural confluence at the heart of Hungary

Read "Budapest Music Center: A cultural confluence at the heart of Hungary" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

The Budapest Music Center, known by its acronym BMC, was founded in 1996 by Hungarian trombone player, music educator and entrepreneur László Gőz. Upon initial conception, the institution's main goal was to create a musical network to help Hungarian musicians and other interested parties to gain an overview of the country's musical happenings, past and present, ...

Heavy Rotation For A Pandemic Summer

Read "Heavy Rotation For A Pandemic Summer" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In the summer of 2020 one result of the COVID-19 isolation, and artists inability to tour and perform is that they have time to deal with projects halted by this pandemic. Musicians, producers, and engineers have mixed, mastered and released an abundance of music. Many of the titles have been, and will be covered by our ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jazzdor Strasbourg 2019

Read "Jazzdor Strasbourg 2019" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Jazzdor Strasbourg 2019 Fosse des Treize and other venues November 10-13, 2019 Jazzdor is a unique double-sided European jazz festival offering a 15-day November edition in Strasbourg and environs including German town Offenburg on the opposite side of the Rhine river, and it also presents a June edition in Berlin. ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 2

Read "2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 2" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Part 1 | Part 2This is the second part of an article that looks back and reflects on experiences with live music in 2019. This part deals with a musician's legacy (Ornette Coleman) and continues with an examination of artistic developments and dynamics in the jazz field in a festival (Jazzfest Berlin) and related ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ingrid Laubrock + Aki Takase: Kasumi

Read "Kasumi" reviewed by Don Phipps

Looking into a mirror, one can see a reflection. Holding a mirror up to a mirror, one can see not only one reflection but a series of reflections. Kasumi, a chamber-jazz album from pianist Aki Takase and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, is a lot like that--the compositions form a series of reflections, in this case highlighted by ...

Kasumi

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Kasumi; Andalusia; Brookish; Chimera; Harlekin; Dark Clouds; Scurry; Sunken Forest; Density; Win Some, Lose Track; Poe; Carving Water; One Trick Paper Tiger; Luftspiegelung.

Thema Prima

Label: Budapest Music Center Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Traffic Jam; Thema Prima; A Goldfish in Space; Mannen i tårnet; Wüstenschiff; Hello Welcome; Monday in Budapest; Les Constructeurs; Berlin Express; Madam Bum Bum.


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