JAZZIZ Travel #10: Satoko Fujii

JAZZIZ Travel is a new podcast series hosted by JAZZIZ online editor Matt Micucci that explores jazz and creative music in all four corners of the globe. In this series, you will hear conversations with artists and people talking about the significance of jazz as an art form, the influence of folk music traditions of different cultures and backgrounds, or simply sharing their thoughts, ideas and insight on their multicultural projects.

Japanese artist Satoko Fujii is one of the most exciting voices to have emerged from the avant-jazz scene of the ’90s. A prolific bandleader of several ensembles large and small in different parts of the world, the pianist/accordionist/composer is fast approaching her 100th album. This year alone, she has released a number of noteworthy records, with more to follow before the year’s end.

Her latest LP is titled Moon on the Lake and was released on May 7 via Libra Records. It features Fujii alongside bassist Takashi Sugawa and drummer Ittetsu, two of the most in-demand younger musicians on the Japanese jazz scene, and marks her return to the standard piano trio for the first time since 2013. It is also a good starting point for an overview of Japan’s jazz and creative music scene, and Fujii’s own personal artistic journey.

Listen to our JAZZIZ Travel podcast conversation with Satoko Fujii via the player below. Moon on the Lake is available now on Libra Records and you can order it HERE.

Featured photo: Bryan Murray.

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