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Satoko Fujii

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Name  Satoko Fujii
Role  Pianist ·

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Albums  Toh-Kichi, Under the Water, Clouds, Kitsune-Bi, Toward, 'TO WEST', Angelona, Erans, Sketches, April Shower
Similar People  Tatsuya Yoshida, Myra Melford, Mark Feldman, Andrea Parkins, Larry Ochs

Education  Berklee College of Music

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Satoko Fujii (藤井郷子, Fujii Satoko, born 9 October 1958) is a Japanese avant-garde jazz pianist, accordionist and composer.


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Early life

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Fujii was born in Tokyo on 9 October 1958. She started playing the piano at age 4, receiving classical training until she was 20, when she became interested in improvisation and jazz.

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.

Playing style

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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