The Angel City Jazz Festival presents
8pm - Satoko Fujii & Kappa Maki
9pm - Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom
Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom
Allison Miller – drums
Chris Lightcap – bass
Myra Melford – piano
Jenny Scheinman – violin
Kirk Knuffke - trumpet
NYC-based drummer/composer/teacher Allison Miller gathers inspiration from a wide array of genres. Coming from the Jazz tradition, she engages her deep roots in improvisation as a vehicle to explore all music. Described by critics as a charismatic and rhythmically propulsive drummer with melodic sensibility, Allison has been named “Rising Star Drummer” and “Top 20 Jazz Drummers” in Downbeat Magazine’s acclaimed Critics Poll. Her band, Boom Tic Boom is a 2014 recipient of Chamber Music America’s “Presenter Consortium for Jazz Grant.”
Allison is currently celebrating her latest release No Morphine No Lilies (The Royal Potato Family.) The album has been met with critical acclaim receiving 4.5 stars from Downbeat and making “Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2013” lists for Downbeat, Jazz Journalists Association, and Something Else. NMNL features her band Boom tic boom: pianist Myra Melford, violinist Jenny Scheinman, bassist Todd Sickafoose, and special guests: Steven Bernstein, Erik Friedlander, Rachel Friedman, and Ara Anderson. “No Morphine No Lilies demonstrates that her (Allison Miller) craftiness as a percussionist is met by her ingenuity as a composer and group conceptualist.” -The New Yorker
Satoko Fujii & Kappa Maki
Satoko Fujii - piano
Kappa Maki - trumpet
Pianist Satoko Fujii and her husband trumpeter Kappa Maki are one of the most boldly creative and fearlessly innovative couples in contemporary music. Whether together in one of their regular groups or alone they continue to push the boundaries of improvisation and composition.
Critics and fans alike hail pianist and composer SATOKO FUJII as one of the most original voices in jazz today. A truly global artist, she splits her time between Berlin and Japan and tours internationally leading several ensembles. Just as her career spans international borders, her music spans many genres, blending jazz, contemporary classical music, rock, and traditional Japanese music into an innovative synthesis instantly recognizable as hers alone. Her wide-ranging compositions can incorporate the simple melodies of folk song, the harmonic sophistication of jazz, the rhythmic power of rock, and the extended forms of symphonic composers. Although Fujii’s compositions are full of sudden shifts in direction and mood, the extremes are always part of a greater conceptual whole. As an improviser, Fujii is equally wide-ranging and virtuosic. In her solos, explosive free jazz energy mingles with delicate melodicism and a broad palette of timbre and textures.
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Angel City Jazz Festival
The Angel City Jazz Festival, known for its eclectic live performances by critically-acclaimed artists devoted to exploring creative, cutting-edge jazz, is presented by Angel City Arts (ACA), a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization. ACA committed to cultivating and revitalizing jazz culture in Los Angeles by presenting regular live concerts by established and emerging music innovators who have achieved exceptionally high levels of musicianship and brought forward a significant contribution to the evolution of jazz and improvised music. All donations to Angel City Arts are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.