Shoko Nagai

Friday, July 16, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

Shoko Nagi’s “Glimpse of city”

Shoko Nagai (organ, piano, electronics)
Ned Rothenberg (clarinet, bass clarinet)
Sarah Bernstein (violin)
Satoshi Takeishi (percussion, electronics)

* Glimps of city is new work by composer, pianist Shoko Nagai. This work is based on her experiences, reaction and observations in a urban society.

Born in Nagoya, Japan, composer and pianist Shoko Nagai has been evolving as a professional musician for twelve years. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1999 she moved to New York City and quickly established herself in the downtown jazz scene performing with such renowned artists as John Zorn, Rasheid Ali, Butch Morris,Tom Rainy, Coung Vu, Ikue Mori, Roy Champbell, Satoshi Takeishi, Trevor Dunn, Sam Newsome, Greg Tardy, Daniel Carter to name a few. The Shoko Nagai Quintet which features some of New York’s best musicians has performed extensively at the BlueNote, Knitting factory, Tonic, Location One,Vision Festival as well as at other top New York clubs and concert.

Nagai released her first CD Two Levels Crossing in 2000, second CD VORTEX in 2003, third CD Vsoon in 2003 which sky productions records. Nagai has performed in Norway (Natt Jazz Festival 1998), in Germany (Moers Jazz Festival 2006), Japan, Switzerland and Israel. Her most recent project is “Vortex” which is a free improvisation duo with piano and electronics. In 2004, she received a grant from Philadelphia Music Project 2004 Grant for JazzJaunts, a project in which seven jazz artists will compose and premiere compositions that incorporate musical traditions from their cultural roots. And formed a new project” Ephemeral” with Ned Rothenberg (Shakuhachi, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet), Jennifer Choi (Violin), John Lindberg (A. Bass), Stomu Takeishi (E. Bass), Satoshi Takeishi (Japanese percussion, electronics).