A former journalist with childhood piano training at Juilliard Pre-College and a stint as a Gulf War reporter on her resumé, Kyoko Kitamura is an oddball vocal improviser and composer who has performed and/or recorded with many distinguished musicians including Anthony Braxton, Reggie Workman, Jay Clayton, Steve Coleman, Jim Staley, and Taylor Ho Bynum.
Mostly recently, she appears on Trillium E (New Braxton House 2011), the first ever studio-recording of an Anthony Braxton opera, and can also be heard on the critically acclaimed Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings release Madeleine Dreams (Firehouse 12 Records 2009), Jamie Baum’s Solace (Sunnyside Records 2008), and Steve Coleman’s Lucidarium (Label Bleu 2004), among others.
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A major asset...Kitamura is an expressive vocalist who
how to be quirky and eccentric but is also quite musical.
--Alex Henderson, All Music Guide
Kitamura's voice is an amazing instrument... -Richard
Kamins, Hartford Courant
Kyoko Kitamura is a wonderful storyteller and has a lovely,
remarkably flexible voice; she writes from the standpoint of
someone who has seen a lot of the world--she is a former
foreign correspondent--however, she is not worldly. There
a sense of wonder, awe and innocence in her voice, tempered
somewhat by an innate and inscrutable sense of loneliness.
--Uncle Dave Lewis, musicologist
An extraordinary experimental/jazz vocalist... --Downtown