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123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka St.
Los Angeles, CA  90012
Among the many guises of trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and pianist Satoko Fujii is the Tamura-led group Gato Libre. Joined by Yasuko Kaneko on trombone, the trio sees renowned piano virtuoso Fujii plying her wizardry on accordion, as befits the textural needs of this new version of the band. Gato Libre is the wonderfully idiosyncratic Tamura’s brainchild, a truly non-genre wonderland of carefully considered yet deeply moving music that juxtaposes and blends the abstractly austere, the epically dramatic and the strangely melancholic –– yet it’s often kind of hilarious, owing to Tamura’s fondness for using plastic toys as instruments, as well as his sputtering, extended-technique trumpet sounds, which suggest both a deep immersion in the darkness of our world and a feeling that perhaps these things too shall pass. This is what we used to call free jazz, now taken to intriguingly human new places.
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