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KAZE

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Natsuki Tamura – trumpet
Christian Pruvost - trumpet
Satoko Fujii – piano
Peter Orins– drums

Kaze

Melodic, abstract, mysterious, beautiful, and confrontational, Kaze plays free jazz at its most creative and powerful. The members of this international quartet share an insatiable appetite for sonic experimentation, boundless energy and enthusiasm, and the disciplined intelligence of accomplished spontaneous composers.

The group has released three acclaimed recordings - 2011fs Rafale, 2013fs Tornado, and 2015fs  Uminari which the London Jazz News calls g...bold, uncompromising music."  Uminari is a Japanese word that refers to a sound rising from the sea, a low-frequency roar that portends a coming storm or tsunami. The two-horn quartet is equally adept at the calm and the storm, with expressive subtleties giving way to overwhelming torrents of sound

g...the rarely heard sound of two trumpets collaborating, interweaving and cross-talking is at the center of the group Kaze, whose penultimate set of the festival was also one of the high points of the overall program.h – Josef Woodard, DownBeat
 
gc one of the most musically dynamic and intense "jazz" sets of the yearc If you think you can imagine what piano, drums, and two trumpets will sound like, think again.h \ Derk Richardson, KPFA Radio

gOne of the best gigs Ifve seen this yearcone of my favorite working groups.h – Steve Dalachinsky, The Brooklyn Rail

g[Fujii] is a demon on the keys, capable of delicately pretty melodies as easily as full-keyboard chord-blocks, and amazingly controlled inside-the-piano stringwork.h – Byron Coley, exclaim.ca




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