Sumire Kuribayashi gives her debut performance in the UK here at Hoxton Hall. Pianist and composer, Sumire, is one of the most appreciated pianists in Japan’s vibrant jazz scene. In this performance, Sumire is joined by her regular double bass player, Hideaki Kanazawa, a giant of jazz in Japan. For the first time ever, Sumire and Hideaki will perform with two of the UK’s most revered jazz musicians, the brilliant saxophonist/composer Jason Yarde and world renowned drummer Mark Mondesir. The programme will feature original compositions by Sumire Kuribayashi and Jason Yarde. The music will be presented in duo, trio and quartet formats. The show is presented by Yokohama Calling, a London based producer creating unique cross-cultural collaborations which promote cultural understanding through the universal power of music. Yokohama Calling is a not-for-profit organisation.
Jason Yarde is a composer, arranger, producer, musical director and saxophonist who writes music that has been described as powerful, spiritual and formidable. He has performed with a wide variety of artists such as Louis Moholo, McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill, the big bands of Manu Dibango and Hermeto Pascoal, Sam Rivers,Hugh Masekela and many others. His own bands include the multi-award-winning J-life and Acoutastic Bombastic, and his prolific talents have led to projects with dance companies and classical orchestras such as the BBCCO and the LSO.
Mark Mondesir has been the go-to drummer for many famous artists around the world for three decades. Admired for his musicality, skill and individuality, Mark has worked with Courtney Pine, Jazz Warriors, Julian Joseph, John McLaughlin, Jeff Beck, McCoy Tyner, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, The Jazz Crusaders, John Scofield, Bryan Ferry, David Sylvian… the list is endless.
Pianist and composer Sumire Kuribayashi has become, in the last few years, one of the most appreciated pianists both for her “noteworthy creative qualities and the remarkable storytelling that crosses the textures of her music” (Jazz Convention magazine, 2015 review). She won the ‘New Star’ award in JAZZ LIFE DISC GRAND PRIX 2014 following the release of her first album Toys. Sumire’s subsequent albums continue to receive rave reviews both in and outside of Japan. Her 2015 trio album Travelin’ was followed by Nijuso, an album of duo recordings with renowned bassist Hideaki Kanazawa, and her latest release is the 2018 album Pieces of Color. Her concerts are beautifully poised while her playing is lyrical, tender and compelling at once.
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