Fujii in San Diego in September 2008.
|Birth name||Satoko Fujii (藤井郷子 Fujii Satoko)|
9 October 1958 |
Satoko Fujii (藤井郷子 Fujii Satoko, born 9 October 1958) is a Japanese avant-garde jazz pianist, accordionist and composer.
Later life and career
Fujii went to the United States in 1985, graduating from the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1987, returning to the US in 1993, achieving a graduate diploma in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1996. She returned to Japan with her new husband, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, leader of Gato Libre. She leads various big bands in Japan, such as Orchestra Tokyo. She established Orchestra New York in 1997.
Around 2007, the quartet ma-do was created, consisting of Fujii, Tamura, bassist Norikatsu Koreyasu and drummer Akira Horikoshi. In 2010, Fujii co-founded Kaze, a group containing herself, Tamura, trumpeter Christian Pruvost and drummer Peter Orins. She has played accordion on recordings by the band Gato Libre, including DuDu and Kuro.
Fujii has recorded prolifically: between 1996 and 2009 she released more than 40 albums.
The Down Beat reviewer of Under the Water, a piano duet album with Myra Melford, stated that "Fujii varies dynamics widely, jump-cutting from a fierce, free barrage to a sprinkle of single, crystalline notes."
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