Live At Big Apple In Kobe

Satoko Fuji / Lotte Anker / Natsuki Tamura/Ikue Mori

Medium: CD
Year: 2018

Availability: In stock



Another new formation marks the eighth entry in the sixtieth-birthday series of monthly releases from Satoko Fujii. As part of the pianist's year long celebration, she has released albums as a solo performer, a duo (with Joe Fonda), a new trio configuration with Fonda and Italian saxophonist Gianni Mimmo and another with Tamura and drummer Takashi Itani. Add in her Kira Kira quartet and Orchestra Berlin and you get a sense of the multiplicity of creative avenues that Fujii explores. The Live at Big Apple in Kobe quartet features Tamura, Denmark native Lotte Anker on saxophone and percussionist/electronic artist Ikue Mori. Anker initially studied classical piano, moving on to the saxophone and improvised music early on in her musical career. Among those who tutored Anker on sax were Joe Henderson, David Liebman, John Tchicai and David Murray. She has led her own groups since the late 1980s and worked in projects with Nils Petter Molvaer, Tim Berne, Django Bates, Peter Brötzmann, Michael Formanek, Arve Henriksen and many others. Her later trio included Craig Taborn and Gerald Cleaver. Mori moved from her native Japan to New York in the 1970s, becoming a fixture in the city's punk rock scene. As her affinity for experimental music grew, she transitioned from the traditional drum kit to drum machines, sometimes modified to accommodate sampling. Using the laptop computer as an instrument was a later-stage development in her career. She has collaborated with Fred Frith, Dave Douglas, Butch Morris, Marc Ribot, Evan Parker, Bill Laswell, Sylvie Courvoisier, Susie Ibarra and many others over the course of her long career. Mori recorded with Anker on Alien Huddle (Intakt Records, 2008), and with Fujii and Tamura on Aspiration (Libra Records, 2017), an album that also featured Wadada Leo Smith. (by Karl Ackermann)