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Venue:
Rose Recital Hall, University of Pennsylvania34th and Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 8:00pm

Satoko Fuji ma-do

Satoko Fuji, piano
Natsuki Tamura, trumpet
Norikatsu Koreyasu, bass
Akira Horikoshi, drums

Critics and fans alike hail pianist and composer Satoko Fujii as one of the most original voices in jazz today. She's "a virtuoso piano improviser, an original composer and a band-leader who gets the best collaborators to deliver," says John Fordham in The Guardian. In concert and on over 35 albums as a leader or co-leader, the Tokyo resident synthesizes jazz, contemporary classical, avant-rock and Japanese folk music into an innovative music instantly recognizable as hers alone. Since she burst onto the scene 11 years ago after earning her graduate diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music, Fujii has led some of the most consistently creative ensembles in modern improvised music. Her trio with bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Jim Black has released five CDs, all of which earned places in critics' year-end Top 10 lists.

In 2001, she debuted an electrifying avant-rock quartet featuring Takeharu Hayakawa, The Ruins' Tatsuya Yoshida, and Natsuki Tamura, and their high-energy CDs were hailed by listeners worldwide. Fujii has also established herself as one of the world's leading composers for large jazz ensembles.

Since 1997, she has released a steady stream of acclaimed releases for large ensemble, culminating in 2006 when she simultaneously released four big band albums: one from her New York ensemble, and one each by three different Japanese bands. Her New York ensemble has included John Hollenbeck, Steven Bernstein, Tony Malaby, Ellery Eskelin, and many others. In addition to playing accordion in her husband trumpeter Natsuki Tamura's Gato Libre quartet, she also performs in a duo with Tamura, as an unaccompanied soloist, and in ad hoc groupings with musicians working in different genres. She tours regularly appearing at festivals and clubs in the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Europe. Her ultimate goal: "I would love to make music that no one has heard before."