6.28.11 Satoko Fujii’s ma-do Quartet @ BlueWhale

Angel City Arts presents
TUESDAY JUNE 28, 2011 8:30PM
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012  |  213.620.0908

by Kazuko Koreyasu


“For a small group, ma-do sounds utterly huge, and that’s a testament not only to Fujii’s writing and technical skill, but also to her cohorts – swirling and unruly at one moment, deft and wiry the next, punchy and rollicking another, their empathy is astounding.” ⎯ Clifford Allen, Bagatellen

This band’s name, like it’s music, has many layers. Ma-do means “window” in Japanese. But “ma” also means “the silence between notes.” Fujii chose the name to show how the music opens to the outside (just like window) and that silence can have more meaning than notes. In an acoustic setting, the group’s absorbing improvisations explore subtle textures and tone colors, using silence and group interaction to build brilliant collages of sound, melody, and rhythm.

Critics and fans alike hail pianist and composer Satoko Fujii as one of the most original voices in jazz today. She is 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 thirty-five 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 after graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music, Fujii has led some of the most consistently creative ensembles in modern improvised music.

Satoko Fujii website

BlueWhale website


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