Tokyo Jazz Fest. London


The inaugural “Tokyo Jazz Fest. London” is brought to Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho by Andrew Chapman and Bence Bolygo (Bolygomusic Productions) in partnership with the Japanese pianist, composer and producer Makoto Kuriya and the Japan Foundation. The five night Festival, from 27th October 2014 to 31st October 2014 will showcase an impressive range of singers and players not only from the Land Of The Rising Sun but also artists of British; Polish; Filipino; Hungarian and Swedish heritage. Makoto Kuriya studied and performed with Nathan Davis at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He toured with Grammy winning artist Chuck Mangione in the late 1980s. He has also performed with many famous artists including Donald Byrd; Herbie Hancock and Billy Cobham. He returned to his homeland in 1990 and produced a series of award winning albums. In the mid-1990s, he performed the soundtrack for the globally acclaimed “Neon Genesis Evangelion” science fantasy animation series. In 2008, he took his hybrid Brazilian unit Rhythmatrix to the Taichung Jazz Festival and two years later his Tokyo Freedom Soul project performed at the Cairo Jazz Festival gaining headline coverage in the leading Egyptian newspaper “Al-Ahram.” On the twentieth anniversary (2011) of his debut album Makoto Kuriya released the stellar “Art For Life” album featuring 27 guest artists!

Date: 27 – 31 October 2014
Venue: Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, Jazz Club Soho, 10 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 3RW
Tel: 0845 6027 017 (Box Office)
Organiser: Bolygomusic Productions in conjunction with the Japan Foundation

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