by Stefan Postius
Happy New Year to all!!
Wish the whole world a peaceful new year 2015.
I had great year 2014. Thank you so much to everyone making them happen
and also making music with me. The followings are some of the projects
In January, finally I have formed Fujii Orchestra Berlin and had a
concert and a recording with Matthias Schubert, Gebhard Ullmann,
Paulina Owczarek, Natsuki Tamura, Richard Koch, Nikolaus Neuser,
Matthias Müller, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Jan Roder, Michael Griener, and
Peter Orins. I am planning to put debut CD, gIchigo Ichieh out in
In February and March, I toured in Japan and in the end of March, I
have got a chance to perform with le grand orchestra de Muzzix in
France. It was a great experience to make music with 28 musicians,
Jean-Baptiste Rubin, Sakina Abdou, Julien Favreuille, Vincent Debaets,
Christian Pruvost, Christophe Motury, Natsuki Tamura, Samuel
Carpentier, Claude Colpaert, Maxime Morel, Stefan Orins,
Barbara Dang, Martin Granger, Yanik Miossec, Ivann Cruz, Sébastien
Beaumont, David Bausseron, Philippe Lenglet, Antoine Rousseau,
Nicolas Mahieux, Christophe Hache, Peter Orins, and Nicolas
Chachignot. We will be performing again on May 12, 2015.
In April, I have performed at Lublin Jazz Festival and formed Fujii
orchestra Lublin with Gerard Lebik, Ray Dickaty, Paulina Owczarek,
Natsuki Tamura, Artur Majewski, Piotr Damasiewicz, Matthias Mahler,
Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Ksawery Wójciński, Michael Griener, and
In June, Fujii New Trio + one, with Natsuki Tamura, Todd Nicholson and
Takashi Itani had our first America-Canada tour. The band now has new
name, Tobira. We also recorded our second album in NYC. I am planning
to release it in spring 2015.
In this tour, I have got a chance to form the orchestra Oakland, CA
with Aaron Bennett, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin, Theodore Padouvas, Ian
Carey, Natsuki Tamura, Clifford Childers, John Shiurba, Todd Nicholson,
Jordan Glenn, and Takashi Itani.
In July and August, Kaze performed at Festival DfAltitude, Jazz A Luz,
Luz-Saint-Sauveur, France and Jazzfestival Saalfelden, Austria.
In September, I was in UK for the performance with Natsuki Tamura and
John Russell and also for Tom Bancroft project with Una MacGlone.
And then Natsuki and I went to the states to perform at Angel City Jazz
Festival, Los Angels. From the states we went to Korea for Kazefs
Korea-Japan tour. I also set up live recording concert of my Tokyo
orchestra with Kaze, Sachi Hayasaka, Kunihiro Izumi, Kenichi Matsumoto,
Masaya Kimura, Ryuichi Yoshida, Christian Pruvost, Natsuki Tamura,
Yoshihito Fukumoto, Takao Watanabe, Haguregumo Nagamatsu, Yasuyuki
Takahashi, Toshihiro Koike, Toshiki Nagata, Akira Horikoshi, and Peter
In October, Hakidame ni Tsuru, Mizuki Wildenhahn, Natsuki Tamura, Yasuhiro Usui, and Takaaki Masuko had second Japan tour.
In November, Kaze had Germany-Czech-Poland tour. And I have got a
chance to perform with Bunker Ulmenwall Orchestra, Luise Volkmann,
Paul-Jumaa Dohna, Sebastian Büscher, Volker Winck, Andreas Kaling,
Natsuki Tamura, Robin Stüwe, Benny Meinert, Matthias Muche, Stephan
Schulze, Joel Köhn, Willem Schulz, Lukas Wilmsmeyer, Matthias
Klause-Gauster, Kevin Hemkemeier, Karl Godejohann, and Juri Beier.
In December, Kaze had performed at Radio France and Maison de la
culture du Japon a Paris. We also had a recording session in Paris. We
are hoping to release our third CD in spring, 2015.
I also had two piano concert in Brussels with Myra Melford.
My last concert in 2014 was Christmas concert in Bielefeld with Bunker Ulmenwall Orchestra.