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Kyoko Kitamura

A former journalist with childhood piano training at Juilliard Pre-College and a stint as a Gulf War reporter on her resumé, Kyoko Kitamura is an oddball vocal improviser and composer who has performed and/or recorded with many distinguished musicians including Anthony Braxton, Reggie Workman, Jay Clayton, Steve Coleman, Jim Staley, and Taylor Ho Bynum. Mostly recently, she appears on Trillium E (New Braxton House 2011), the first ever studio-recording of an Anthony Braxton opera, and 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. As for her own projects, she co-leads “Go-Zee-Lah” (duo project with pianist Yayoi Ikawa), “Armadillo In Sunset Park” (collaborative project with dancers of Mark Lamb Dance), and a duo with pianist Russ Lossing

Protean Labyrinth

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Tripwire; Push Four; Slide; Deadbolt; No Exit; Push One + Things We Need (Aren't All That Much); Push Two.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kyoko Kitamura's Tidepool Fauna: Protean Labyrinth

Read "Protean Labyrinth" reviewed by John Sharpe

For her second leadership outing following Armadillo In Sunset Park (self produced, 2012), vocalist Kyoko Kitamura assembles a group which she calls Tidepool Fauna. And giving the group an identity seems entirely appropriate as what they create is very much an ensemble music. That's made all the easier by having such accomplished talents as saxophonist Ingrid ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tomeka Reid, Kyoko Kitamura, Taylor Ho Bynum, Joe Morris: Geometry of Caves

Read "Geometry of Caves" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A free-jazz veteran meets up with three musicians quickly establishing their own impressive legacies on the bewitching Geometry of Caves, a wholly improvised affair that offers plenty of intrigue and vigorous four-way dialogue during seven imaginative pieces. Guitarist Joe Morris's long recording career has seen him working with giants like William Parker, Anthony Braxton ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Anthony Braxton's Sonic Genome at Turin's Jazz Festival 2015

Read "Anthony Braxton's Sonic Genome at Turin's Jazz Festival 2015" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

Egyptian Museum Turin Jazz Festival Turin, Italy May 28, 2015 Someone might ask: “Why is an African-American saxophonist from jny: Chicago performing inside the Egyptian Museum in Turin? Where is the connection between “da jazz" and Ancient Egypt?" Sorry, but it isn't a legitimate question. If you still don't make the ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Roy Campbell Day Memorial At Roulette

Roy Campbell Day Memorial At Roulette

On Wednesday, February 26, the many dear friends and associates of the late Roy Sinclair Campbell Jr. will gather at Roulette through the efforts of Arts for Art. The performance begins at 6:45. A Slide Show featuring The Music of Roy Campbell 6:45PM - 7:00PM Valerie Morris, Roy Campbell's sister, will recall his remarkable life. 7:00PM ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Tri-Centric Orchestra Commissioning Series at Roulette

Read "Tri-Centric Orchestra Commissioning Series at Roulette" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

The Tri-Centric Orchestra Roulette Tri-Centric Orchestra Commissioning Series Brooklyn, NY Sept. 24-25, 2013 Addressing the audience at Roulette on Sept. 24, halfway through the first of two nights of the Tri-Centric Presenting Series, trumpeter and foundation executive director Taylor Ho Bynum acknowledged the influence of Artistic Director and spiritual godfather ...

NEWS: EVENT

Arts For Art Opens March With Evolving Music

Arts For Art Opens March With Evolving Music

Evolving Music in March from Arts for Art and Vision Festival opens the lion and lamb month and unfolds over the course of four days from March first to the fourth. involving Friday & Saturday nights, a Sunday afternoon family friendly adventure to let the kids do live action drawing and a concluding Monday evening Evolution. ...

Armadillo In Sunset Park

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2012
Track listing: Armadillo In Sunset Park; Parasite; Zombie Song; Densha Song; Catching Eel With My Bare Hands; Charlie Brown's Wandering Eye; DMG 3.27.11; Arm; Crossing.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Vision Festival, Days 1-2: June 11-12, 2012

Read "Vision Festival, Days 1-2: June 11-12,  2012" reviewed by John Sharpe

Days 1-2 | Days 3-5 | Days 6-717th Annual Vision FestivalRouletteBrooklyn, NYJune 11-17, 2012For the 17th annual Vision Festival, organizer Patricia Nicholson Parker and her team had assembled one of strongest lineups in many years. Alongside many luminaries of the New York free jazz firmament, including accomplished working bands ...


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