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Introducing Kaori Nishijima

Pianist/Composer Kaori Nishijima performs and collaborates not only with various musicians, but with dancers, painters, ceramic artists and others. She has been based in Kobe Japan, since her first album was released in 1998.
She has been noticeable in her melodious picturesque compositions, sensitive piano touch rooted in classical music, and her instinctive vocals.
 
In 2012 she lived in Sweden for 1 year, and the atomosphere of Scandinavia gave her great inspiration, especially regarding in free improvisation.
During her stay in Sweden, she recorded her 7th leader album “White in Dark (DIW The Grace)” with Yasuhito Mori (contrabass) and Anders Kjellberg (drums) at Nilento Studio in Göteborg 2013. Also her composition was featured by Bohuslän Big Band, and she played as a special member in the Lina Nyberg Band.
 
In 2014,she returned to Sweden for several concerts, including performances with her recording members at Nefertiti. She also collaborated on a project with Göteborg Operans Danskompani.
In 2015 to 2018 she visited Sweden several times, and played with her special trio; with Josef Kallerdahl(contrabass) and Konrad Agnas(drums) at Stockholm Jazz Festival(2015) and Viva Las Palmas(2016,2018), also with Linda Olah(voice), Monica Funck(painter),Anders Kjellberg, Yasuhito Mori and so on.
Her motivation and interest in music and art in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, and perspective on performing in these regions with local musicians and Japanese ‘home’ members continues to bloom.
 
She’s currently leading these projects.
“Trio-SONONI” with Motohiko Ichino(guitar) Akira Sotoyama(drums)
“Ensemble Shippolly” with Tsutomu Takei (clarinet,soprano sax,tenor sax), Yuki Nakayama (trombone), Rabito Arimoto (trumpet,flugelhorn,bass clarinet).
“triogy” with Hiroshi Yoshiko (contrabass),Yoshinori Shiraishi(drums).
“KJS special trio”; Josef Kallerdahl(contrabass) and Konrad Agnas(drums).
 
updated Jan 2019
 
■official site http://kaorimusic.net/
■sound cloud https://soundcloud.com/kaori-nishijima-1
 
 

Discography

  • Very Shippolly (Niteco Music 2018)
  • SONONI+Laetitia Benat (Niteco Music 2017)
  • White in Dark (DIW The Grace 2013)
  • Side By Pop (Niteco Music 2012)
  • Kazoku Zou Goes Traveling (Niteco Music 2011)
  • GOTOKU 2nd (GOTOKU RECORDS 2010)
  • GOTOKU 1st (GOTOKU RECORDS 2007)
  • Small Talk (Small Talk 2003)
  • JAZZ SHINSEN-GUMI (King Records 1998)
  • KNEELING WOMAN BEHIND FOOT OF THE KING (CANDY 1998)

 

Photo by Hideo Arimoto

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