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Izumi Kimura

As a contemporary pianist, I am attracted to the things that live in the cracks between composed and improvised music. Between abstract and concrete, variations of the forms the Nature takes, our roles, cultures, languages, attitudes, things unknown, things in between, invisibles and inaudibles, all these things are vibrations I try to listen, through the act of playing the piano. I was born in Yokohama, Japan, and have been playing the piano since I was little and the whole time I spent in Japan, which was up to 1995. As soon as I graduated from Toho University of Music in Tokyo I moved to Ireland

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Folding

Label: Farpoint Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Sea; Bees in Wild Poppies; Dry Leaves; Blackbird Sings to Nearby Birds; Storm Emma; Spring Birds; For Stephen; Rain And Thunderstorm; Booterstown At Dusk.

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Article: Album Review

Izumi Kimura, Cora Venus Lunny, Anthony Kelly: Folding

Read "Folding" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Inspired by environmental sounds in the townlands surrounding Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Folding brings together Irish sound artist Anthony Kelly and two of Ireland's preeminent contemporary musicians, Yokohama-born pianist Izumi Kimura and violinist Cora Venus Lunny, reunited here following their memorable performance at Improvised Music Company's Ban Bam festival in 2017. The song titles reflect the ...

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Article: Live Review

Brilliant Corners 2020

Read "Brilliant Corners 2020" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Brilliant Corners 2020 Various Venues jny:Belfast, N. Ireland February 27 to March 7, 2020 Maybe it's global warming, for just as the first bloom of spring in these strange times appears in February, so too, Brilliant Corners starts ever earlier. From its first, modest edition over three days ...

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Illuminated Silence

Label: Fundacja Sluchaj
Released: 2019
Track listing: Intro; Blue Horizon; Improvisation on a Painting; The Willow Cannot be Broken by the Snow; Improvisation on Light and Shadow; Ancients; How to Go into a Room You Are Already In; Finding It.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A focus on Nate Wooley

Read "A focus on Nate Wooley" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This time around we focus on trumpeter Nate Wooley. This episode also features a couple of tracks from Fabian Arends and a selection of recent releases and archive cuts. Playlist Ryan Keberle & Catharsis “Para Volar" from The Hope I Hold (Greenleaf) 00:00 Jeong Lim Yang “Moon Tethered" from Déjà Vu (Fresh Sound ...

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Article: Album Review

Tommy Halferty & Norma Winstone: Tommy Halferty Invites Norma Winstone

Read "Tommy Halferty Invites Norma Winstone" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Though the collaboration between Irish guitarist Tommy Halferty and English singer Norma Winstone goes back twenty five years, this, surprisingly, is the duo's debut recording. That it came about at all is thanks to the lever pulling of Irish jazz impresario Allen Smith, who first brought Winstone across the pond in the early 1990s. Winstone and ...

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Article: Album Review

Izumi Kimura, Barry Guy, Gerry Hemingway: Illuminated Silence

Read "Illuminated Silence" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Although Illuminated Silence is nominally billed as a trio of equals—and, musically speaking, it is just that—it was Japanese pianist Izumi Kimura's lead that brought long-standing musical collaborators Barry Guy and Gerry Hemingway together in Dublin for this live date at St. Ann's Church. Kimura is well known in Ireland—her home for over twenty years—as a ...

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Article: Live Review

Brilliant Corners 2019

Read "Brilliant Corners 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Brilliant Corners 2019 The Black Box/Sonic Lab jny:Belfast, N. Ireland March 2-9, 2019 For many years the words brilliant, jazz and Belfast rarely appeared in the same sentence. That all changed in 2013 when music promoters Moving On Music launched Brilliant Corners, subtitled A Festival of Jazz in Belfast. Since then, ...

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Article: Live Review

Bray Jazz Festival 2018

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Bray Jazz Festival Various Venues jny:Bray, Ireland May 4-6, 2018 From the hilltop vantage point the Irish Sea lies veiled under a blanket of thick mist. Greystones, five miles to the right, birthplace of the great Christy Doran, peeks out, seemingly floating above the misty clouds like a Roger ...


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