TOMAS FUJIWARA

Avant-Garde Jazz / Eclectic Fusion • United States
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Tomas Fujiwara was born and raised in Boston. At the age of seven, he fell in love with music while listening to the classic drum battle record, Rich versus Roach. He has worked as a leader of and composer for various ensembles, as a sideman, as a composer for theatre, film, and dance, and as a teacher and clinician. Current projects, in addition to The Hook Up, include a working duo with Taylor Ho Bynum, whose recent release Stepwise was a followup to their 2007 482 Music release, and The Thirteenth Assembly, with Halvorson, Ho Bynum and Jessica Pavone. His credits as a sideman include work with Matana Roberts, Ideal Bread, Amir El Saffar, Red Barat, Matt Bauder, and Positive Catstrophe. With "a quiet energy that propels" (All About Jazz) and a style that is "both volatile and watchful", Tomas Fujiwara's "alert drumming has propelled some excellent ensembles on the read more...
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TOMAS FUJIWARA Tomas Fujiwara, James Mahone, Chris Pistorino : Unified Quest album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tomas Fujiwara, James Mahone, Chris Pistorino : Unified Quest
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
TOMAS FUJIWARA Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up ‎: Actionspeak album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up ‎: Actionspeak
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010
TOMAS FUJIWARA Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up ‎: The Air Is Different album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up ‎: The Air Is Different
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
TOMAS FUJIWARA Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up : After All Is Said album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up : After All Is Said
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
TOMAS FUJIWARA Tomas Fujiwara / Ben Goldberg / Mary Halvorson : The Out Louds album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Tomas Fujiwara / Ben Goldberg / Mary Halvorson : The Out Louds
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016
TOMAS FUJIWARA Triple Double album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Triple Double
Eclectic Fusion 2017
TOMAS FUJIWARA 7 Poets Trio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
7 Poets Trio
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019

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TOMAS FUJIWARA Tomas Fujiwara Trio ‎: Variable Bets album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Tomas Fujiwara Trio ‎: Variable Bets
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014

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TOMAS FUJIWARA Triple Double

Album · 2017 · Eclectic Fusion
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Boston-born Brooklyn-based drummer Tomas Fujiwara is quite well known by his participation in projects playing with Matana Roberts and Michael Formanek among many others. On "Triple Double", his own album as a leader, he combines two unorthodox horns-guitar-drums trios in one band (including 2/3 of the Thumbscrew trio, Halvorson and Fujiwara, but not Formanek).

All-star band of two drummers (Tomas Fujiwara & Gerald Cleaver), two guitarists (Mary Halvorson & Brandon Seabrook) and two horns (Taylor Ho Bynum on cornet & Ralph Alessi on trumpet) plays modern high energy fusion with lot of free jazz elements.

From the very first opening sounds with great old-fashioned separated by channels guitar's sound (with recognizable Halvorson's guitar on the left side and Seabrook on the right) it became obvious that "Triple Double" is not another explosive attack on listener's ears. With heavy anchoring drummers, often playing in unison and framing the music (with longish just-drummers solo piece), melodic and emotionally rich compositions sometimes sound as if they are complex rock pieces, but with all-the-time changing rhythms, plenty of guitar and horn free solos and in all very complex, almost big-bandish, multilayered sound remind listener that we're listening to a real jazz band.

Catchy tunes, excellent techniques and perfect interplay makes this album one great example of modern creative jazz, difficult to classify, and often because of that appealing to very different listeners. It would be extremely interesting to see such a band playing live, it looks like their announced 2020 European tour (with second trumpeter Adam O’Farrill instead of cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum) has been postponed due to COVID19 pandemic, with some concerts moved on-line.

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