“Keyboardist Yuko Fujiyama brings her ensemble to Roulette, with Jennifer Choi on violin, Tomas Ulrich on cello and Reggie Nicholson on drums. The show will feature colorful improvisation and compositions, ranging in mood from lyrical quiet to stormy darkness. Born in Sapporo, Japan, Fujiyama studied music in college and moved to the U.S. in 1987, after being touched by the music of Cecil Taylor. Since 1993, she has been an active performer of her original music in concerts, clubs and festivals in and around New York City and overseas. She has performed as a leader with musicians such as William Parker, Mark Dresser, Ikue Mori, Susie Ibarra, Billy Bang, Mark Feldman and Roy Campbell, among many others. She is featured on a number of CDs, including two releases with her ensemble on the CIMP label. In the words of the Village Voice, “she’s created her own pass.”
“Tomas Ulrich, sax; Hill Greene, bass; Ray Campbell, trumpet and composer/percussionist Norton have created The Dream Catcher (for Wilber Morris), “skirting back and forth among Hard Bop, the so-called Third Stream and Free Jazz.”
"The composer/percussionist presents new compositions for his ensemble: Bob Deellis (woodwinds), Tomas Ulrich (cello), David Bindman (woodwinds), Mark Dresser (bass) and the Norton (percussion), developing concepts used in Three Movements for Solo Clariinet and Ensemble, written for clarinetist David Krakauer and the KN Ensemble. This evening will also feature guest soloists. "