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Nobu Stowe (Nobuyoshi Suto) was born in Maebashi, Gumma, Japan. He started taking piano lessons at age 3 and composition at age 6. Stowe moved to the US to study Music (composition) and Psychology at the University of California, at Berkeley. He then moved to Chicago to pursue graduate studies at the University of Chicago. After receiving Ph.D. in Psychology, he moved to Baltimore to work as a ‘drug researcher’ for National Institute of Health, and currently conducts researches at University of Maryland. In Baltimore, Stowe formed the post-fusion unit TRIO RICOCHET. In less than a year since its formation, TRIO RICOCHET appeared at the top venues in the East Coast including Blue Note N.Y., The Knitting Factory, The 55 Bar and An die Musik.

Besides TRIO RICOCHET, Stowe leads and co-leads various projects exploring and blending ‘total-improvisation’ (a la Keith Jarrett) and ‘free-improvisation’. These include solo, duos with Lee Pembleton, Vytis Nivinskas, Alan Munshower , and Honyo Ohte, and various projects with the top improvisers, Dave Ballou, Blaise Siwula, Dom Minasi, Bern Nix, Ross Bonadonna, Ray Sage, John McLellan and Daniel Barbiero as well as the tabla master Badal Roy. Stowe is the pianist for “Renaissance Trio” lead by the renowned Italian percussionist/composer, Andrea Centazzo, and the clarinet legend, Perry Robinson.

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”This pianist fuses post-Evans lyricism and avant aggression with headlong forays reminiscent of Jarrett melodic spontaneity.” Jim DeJong - JAZZ INSTITUTE OF CHIICAGO

““An die Musik finds pianist Nobu Stowe interacting joyously with highly supportive bandmates Badal Roy and Alan Munshower in a program filled with melodic and rhythmic invention of the highest order.” James Hale - DOWN BEAT/CODA/THE BILLBOARD ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JAZZ & BLUES

“While Stowe's a formidable composer, the artist's free=fpr, creative juices are wonderrously focused and engaginly infectious.” Glenn Astarita - JAZZREVIEW.COM/EJAZZNEWS.COM

“Although jazz is improvised music, few performers place more trust in the inspiration of the moment than pianist Nobu Stowe.” Ted Gioia - JAZZ.COM

“Stowe interacts with his instrument ceaselessly implementing his cognizance of its capacity to tell stories, no matter how abstract, no matter how intertwined with tunefulness” Lyn Horton - ALL ABOUT JAZZ

“Nobu Stowe is a disciple of fellow pianist Keith Jarrett's method of “total improvisation”•which means “not only to experiment with 'sound textures' but also to spontaneously create 'songs' (melodies with tonal harmonies).” To Stowe, the term “inside” means not only to play within a tonality, but also to create recognizable melodic structures, while “outside” implies the absence of those qualities.” Budd Kopman - ALL ABOUT JAZZ

“An impressive academic record or professional activities outside the jazz realm shouldn't be enough to warrent ousized attention..

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