Japanese pianist and composer Satoko Fujii is one of the more interesting musicians to establish a place for herself in current avant-garde jazz practices. In 2012 she formed her New Trio with Todd Nicholson on bass and Takashi Itani on drums, who has now been replaced by Yoshi Shutto. While Fujii has been rethinking the rhetoric and logic of big band jazz with her New York Orchestra, she uses the New Trio to pursue the “chamber music” side of jazz. Western listeners may be reminded of the trio that pianist Geri Allen formed with Charlie Haden on bass and the late Paul Motian on drums; but, regardless of any memories it may trigger, Fujii’s trio definitely plays with a voice decidedly its own.
Next month the Satoko Fujii New Trio will come to the Center for New Music along with special guest artist Kappa Maki on trumpet. The concert is being curated by Jon Raskin. Given Fujii’s background and experience, this gig should make a solid case that the future of “new music” has as much to do with what is happening in the name of “far out jazz” as it does with any of the other prevailing avant-garde practices.
This performance will begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 19. It will take place at the Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street, about half a block north of the corner of Market Street. Tickets are $15 with a $10 rate for members of the Center. Information about membership may be found on the Membership Web page of the Center’s Web site.