Tomas Fujiwara was born and raised in Boston,
Massachusetts. At the age of seven, he fell in love with music
while listening to the classic drum battle record, Rich vs.
Roach. After two years of studies with Joyce Kauffman,
Tomas began an eight-year course of study with legendary
drummer and educator, Alan Dawson.
He has worked as a leader of and composer for various
ensembles, as a sideman, as a composer for theatre, film,
and dance, and as a teacher and clinician. With "a quiet
energy that propels" (All About Jazz) and a style that is "both
volatile and watchful" (New York Times), Tomas' "alert
drumming has propelled some excellent ensembles on the
new-music landscape" (New York Times).
His current projects include: Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up,
Taylor Ho Bynum / Tomas Fujiwara Duo (True Events, 482
Music, 2007, Upcoming release on Nottwo Records), The
Thirteenth Assembly ((un)sentimental, Important Records,
2009), Taylor Ho Bynum Trio and Sextet (The Middle Picture,
Firehouse 12, 2007, Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths,
hatOLOGY, 2008, and Double Trio with the Stephen Haynes
Trio, Engine Records, 2009), Matana Roberts' Mississippi
Moonchile, Coin Coin, and Quartet (The Calling, Utech, 2006),
Ideal Bread (Ideal Bread, KMB Jazz, 2008), The Throes (The
Throes, CIMP, 2009), Matt Bauder's Day In Pictures, Positive
Catastrophe (Garabatos Volume 1, Cuneiform Records, 2009),
Red Baraat, Soo's Collage (Soo's Collage, Audioguy, 2006),
Matt Welch's Blarvuster, Exegesis, and Aji No Moto.
Tomas has performed at venues and festivals across North
America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East including The
Moers Festival, Jazz Em Agosto, Tampere Jazz Happening,
Rochester Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Suoni
Popolo Festival, Urlichsberg Festival, Taktos Festival,
Umbrella Festival, and Vision Festival