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Satoko Fujii

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: October 9, 1958    

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SATOKO FUJII

“Fujii is clearly one of the most exciting musicians to come along in a while.” ” Robert Iannapollo, Cadence

“Unpredictable, wildly creative, and uncompromising…Fujii is an absolutely essential listen for anyone interested in the future of jazz.” ” Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

“100 Years…100 Alumni” ” Profiling New England Conservatory’s Most Successful Alumni

Critics and fans alike hail pianist and composer SATOKO FUJII as one of the most original voices in jazz today. A truly global artist, she splits her time between New York and Japan and tours internationally leading several ensembles. Just as her career spans international borders, her music spans many genres, blending jazz, contemporary classical music, rock, and traditional Japanese music into an innovative synthesis instantly recognizable as hers alone. Her wide-ranging compositions can incorporate the simple melodies of folk song, the harmonic sophistication of jazz, the rhythmic power of rock, and the extended forms of symphonic composers. Although Fujii’s compositions are full of sudden shifts in direction and mood, the extremes are always part of a greater conceptual whole. As an improviser, Fujii is equally wide-ranging and virtuosic. In her solos, explosive free jazz energy mingles with delicate melodicism and a broad palette of timbre and textures. She has showcased her astonishing range and ability on over 50 CDs as leader or co-leader since 1996. With each new recording or new band, she explores new aspects of her art....
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    Shiki

    Libra Records
    2014
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    Time Stands Still

    Not Two Records
    2013
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    Gen Himmel

    Libra Records
    2013
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    Spring Storm

    Libra Records
    2013
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    Watershed

    Libra Records
    2011
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    ETO

    Libra Records
    2011
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    Zakopane

    Libra Records
    2010
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Shiki

Libra Records (2014)

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SATOKO FUJII

Satoko Fujii Orchestra: Talent Deserving Wider Recognition ” DownBeat Critics Poll

Rising Star: Arranger ” DownBeat Critics Poll

“Satoko Fujii is one of the more arresting new voices in jazz, an intriguing pianist and composer who in the few brief years of her career has been creating personal intersections between the music of her native Japan and the traditions of free jazz. In the process, she's developing genuinely exciting and original music.” ” Stuart Broomer, Coda

“In jazz from Ellington on, composition has entailed predetermining solo sequences ” knowing in advance not just whom to call on to sustain an established mood, but who can be trusted to anticipate what comes next...

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