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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 October 2015 she played at Stockholm Jazz Festival with her special trio; with Josef Kallerdahl(contrabass) and Konrad Agnas(drums), also in Göteborg with Linda Olah, Monica Funck(painter) and Yasuhito Mori.
Her motivation and interest in music and art in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, and perspective on performing in these regions with her Japanese ‘home’ members continues to bloom.
 
She’s currently leading 2 new 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).
updated March 2016
 
■official site http://kaorimusic.net/
■sound cloud https://soundcloud.com/kaori-nishijima-1
 
 

Biography

Pianist/Composer Kaori Nishijima was born in 1969. She began to learn the piano when she was 4 years old. After her graduation from Hiroshima University (Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences), she studied the basics of Jazz at AN Contemporary School of Music in Kyoto. She started her career as a performer, composer and teacher in 1995 in Kyoto, Japan.
 
The first album “Kneeling Woman Behind Foot Of The King” was released by Candy Label in 1998. It contains 7 her early compositions and several other songs. The title tune is a composition inspired by Egyptian Pyramid wall paintings, and two songs by memories of her time in Shanghai.
From 1998 to 2001 she lived in Tokyo, and built her career by playing many clubs and hotels. She also headed trios, quartets, quintets, and others various bands during this period.
 
In 2004 she formed ties with Chiaki Ogasawara(vocal) for ’GOTOKU’.
Their albums “GOTOKU 1st (2007)” and “GOTOKU 2nd (2010)” are both contain original simple acoustic music with Japanese lyrics. She began to sing more often from this point on.
 
In 2011 she released two albums from her own label; Niteco Music.
The album “Kazoku Zou Goes Traveling (2011)” was inspired by a ceramic work gifted to her from the artist OGATA Toshiaki for celebrating her first child’s birth. It contains suite music with 9 compositions, an art booklet, postcards in a unique package, all designed by herself.
On the album “Side by Pop” , she challenged self-recording for the first time.
 

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 October 2015 she is going to visit Sweden for the 3rd time.
Her motivation and interest in music and art in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, and perspective on performing in these regions with her Japanese ‘home’ members continues to bloom.

 
She’s currently leading 2 new 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).
 
 

Discography

  • 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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