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YUKO FUJIYAMA – GRAHAM HAYNES – IKUE MORI
QUIET PASSION

Intakt CD 387 / 2022

ELIAS STEMESEDER PIANO SOLO  Intakt CD 377

 

 

 

Fuji-Wer? YUKO FUJIYAMA dürfte auf Intakt ähnlich überraschen wie Louise Glück und Abdulrazak Gurnah als Literaturnobelpreisträger. Die Pianistin aus Sapporo, seit 1987 dauerhaft in New York, hatte 6 Jahre zuvor bei ihrem ersten Besuch in Cecil Taylor ihr von Jerome Cooper vermitteltes Heureka erlebt und lange gebraucht, zu etwas Eigenem zu finden, nicht zuletzt im Rückgriff auf das Konzept Ma, der Pause, in der die Zeit als Zwischen-Raum erscheint.

Rigobert Dittmann, Bad Alchemy Newsletter, March 2022 (DE)

 

La “formula a tre” non necessariamente vincolata allo schema sezione ritmica – strumento solista, prosegue in casa Intakt nel configurare  una serialità differenziata quanto di solido interesse, ed è questa la volta di un’inedita formazione, che di fatto si palesa in formula-trio solo in certe parti del programma, comprendente anche espressioni in duo ed altre solistiche, svolte dalla ideatrice Yuko Fujiyama, matura esponente del piano free-style, piuttosto improntata da una fondativa fascinazione nei rispetti del mondo di Cecil Taylor, apprezzato e frequentato durante una giovanile puntata sul suolo di New York, di cui fece prolungata residenza tra gli anni ’80 ed i ’90, associandosi all’entourage dei musicisti e collaboratori del grande pianista.

Aldo Del Noce, Sound Contest, Mar 30 2022 (IT)

 

Pianist Yuko Fujiyama does not routinely release music. When she does, it is always for a special purpose. This trio recording, Quiet Passion, was preceded by Night Wave (Innova Recordings, 2018) and, like her previous album, she is joined by cornetist Graham Haynes. The trio is completed by fellow Japanese- born expatriate Ikue Mori a longtime mainstay of New York's Downtown scene. Fujiyama, a Cecil Taylor devotee, has maintained the essence of Taylor's art but, through the years, she has stripped the great man's music down. Her music is not unlike a Japanese haiku which can capture, in seventeen syllables, the ethos of a much lengthier and thickset poem.

Mark Corroto, All About Jazz, April 11 2022 (EN)

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