“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.”
A concept for the sextet, pianist Fujiyama performs the new compositions for the sextet (three horns, piano, bass and drums) with the conception based on the contemporary classical music, free jazz and Japanese traditional music
A night of composition and improvisation. Face the power of groove and silence made by three Japanese females, Yuko Fujiyama on piano, Ikue Mori on percussion and Yuki Saga on voice. This is Yuki Saga's debut performance in the USA.
"Pianist Yoko Fujiyama will perform her new compositions and improvisations with rummer Susie Ibarra. They will explore a wide spectrum of sounds with their unique feminine, Asian-based approach, from rhythmic aggression to sensitive lyricism. "