Jazz Duo to Perform at Angel City Fest

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Satoko Fujii

Pianist/composer Satoko Fujii and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura will perform in concert on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood.

The impressionistic, improvising husband-and-wife duo from Japan performs as part of the Angel City Jazz Festival — Global Jam. Since 1997, Tamura and Fujii’s powerful collaboration has enlightened and engaged listeners at clubs and jazz festivals worldwide. With just two instruments, they can sound like anything: a Japanese traditional duo or a crazy large ensemble. Their repertoire ranges from total improvisation to Tamura’s world-music influenced compositions and Fujii’s compositions with their complicated meter, line, and harmony.

The festival kicks off at 5 p.m., while Fujii and Tamura are slated for 6:15 p.m. Tickets: $40 pre-sale, $45 week of show, $75 VIP, $12 children, $17 students. http://www.fordamphitheater.org/en/events/details/id/240; (323) 461-3673.

Natsuki Tamura

Critics and fans alike hail 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 35 albums as a leader or co-leader, the Tokyo resident synthesizes jazz, contemporary classical, avant-rock and Japanese folk music into 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.

Tamura has an active performing career split between his homeland and the United States. He has been widely recognized for his unique and accomplished playing and has been compared with players as diverse as Lester Bowie, Miles Davis, and Freddie Hubbard. He has been featured worldwide at the 1998 Texaco New York Jazz Festival in a solo trumpet performance, Newport Jazz in Madarao (Nagano Prefecture), Japan Jazz Aid, Yokohama Jazz, Yatsugatake Jazz, Kobe Jazz, and Hibiya Jazz, as well as in clubs such as the Knitting Factory in New York, the Carnival Jazz Club, Babel 2nd, and Pit Inn in Tokyo, Airgin in Yokohama, and the Willow Jazz Club in Boston, among others.

On the Web: http://satokofujii.com/

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