Two internationally-renowned Japanese musicians
+ two extraordinary French musicians
= electrifying new music for the world.
Formed only seven months before their remarkable debut recording Rafale, Kaze brings together trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and pianist Satoko Fujii, two of Japan’s foremost improviser-composers, with trumpeter Christian Pruvost and drummer Peter Orins from the French improvisers collective, Muzzix.
The members of this international quartet share an insatiable appetite for sonic experimentation, boundless energy and enthusiasm, and the disciplined intelligence of accomplished spontaneous composers. Melodic, abstract, mysterious, beautiful, and confrontational, Kaze plays free jazz at its most creative and powerful.
Satoko Fujii (piano), Natsuki Tamura (trumpet), Christian Pruvost (trumpet), Peter Orins (drums)
Their debut CD, recorded live in Krakow, Poland and released in July 2011, earned rave reviews :
“…twists and turns, noise followed by lyrical beauty; nuanced percussion followed by powerhouse drumming; and wild cacophonies that lead into introspective solo slots. Expect the unexpected.” – Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz
“Five stars: An expansive set… captivating and in some instances, mind-bending pieces, sans any limiting factors.” – Glenn Astarita, Jazz Review
“An incredibly rich listening experience… stands on its own, redefines listening to music, redefines genres, redefines playing music.” – Stef Gijssels, Free Jazz Blog
“9 out of 10. Peter Orins and Pruvost create an explosive sound with the couple that’s also impressive in its movement… Can’t come more recommended.” – John Garratt, Pop Matters
“’Noise Chopin’ honors the bicentennial of the Polish composer’s birth with a work that progresses from raw trumpet noise to a rollicking composition driven by Orins’ trap kit.” — Mike Shanley, JazzTimes
“Fujii fans will enjoy listening to the navigation of mood and atmosphere (and also to how Pruvost’s clarion lines contrast splendidly with Tamura’s comparable raunch).” – Jason Bivins, Paris Transatlantic Magazine
“For musicians getting good collaborators means a lot. It is like a getting the best friends in life.” — Satoko Fujii