November 14, 2013

Japanese Jazz Tour: ai kurabawa trio


Born in 1991, pianist Ai Kuwabara has previously been introduced in the media as “Genius Girl.” With skill and sensitivity that are sure to amaze, she has shot to the top with her music. While her music calls to mind Michel Petrucciani and Esbj√∂rn Svensson, she expresses her creative world with the backing of her lush sensitivity and precise technique. Every original composition that Kuwabara writes down is free and emotional, occasionally avant-garde, and lies beyond the frame of jazz pianists that have existed thus far.

Adding his name as co-producer, bassist Yusuke Morita plays everything from transcendent solos like Jaco and Hadrien Feraud to aggressive phrases that make for a luminary and magnificent backing sound. Drummer Shintaro Imamura, with his active career and experience studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, calls to mind his favorites Chris Dave and Steve Gadd, adding an essential element to the trio.

The transcendental Piano Trio Project that swooped down on the world of Japanese jazz is finally making their American debut.  Here are the dates:

Berkeley, CA
November 14, 7:30PM

Los Angeles, CA
November 16, 7:30PM

Denver, CO
November 18, 7:30PM

Anchorage, AK
November 20, 7:30PM

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