Satoko Fujii - piano | Kappa Maki - trumpet | Yoshi Shutto - drums
Satoko Fujii Celebrates Her 60th Birthday by releasing one new CD each month in 2018 punctuating the releases with special performances around the world. Tonight's concert is part of this very special special year long celebration of an exceptionally fertile and original musical innovator.
“Unpredictable, wildly creative, and uncompromising… Fujii is an absolutely essential listen for anyone interested in the future of jazz.” ― Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz
“One of the most original pianists in free jazz.” ― Steve Greenlee, Boston Globe
“She could be the most important creative musician of our time.” ― Michael Nastos, allmusic
In pianist-composer Satoko Fujii’s native Japan, reaching the age of 60 is traditionally so important that there’s a special word for the milestone―kanreki. It’s a moment to remember life’s accomplishments and to put former troubles behind you. The celebrant enters the next stage of life with the all joy and expectations of a newborn child. To celebrate her own 60th birthday, Fujii, already a prolific bandleader with more than 80 releases to her name, will intensify her recording schedule, releasing one CD a month for all of 2018. Rather than using her kanreki year to look back at a career that has spanned more than 30 years, Fujii will emphasize new works for current projects, debut special projects, and introduce new working bands in an unprecedented 12-month spree of new releases. “I probably should think and notice that I am not young anymore,” she says, “but I just keep doing what I want to do.”
This concert is supported in part by a grant from
the Japan Foundation