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Satoshi Takeishi


Satoshi Takeishi, drummer, percussionist, and arranger is a native of Mito Japan. He studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Berklee he developed an interest in the music of South America and went to live in Colombia following the invitation of a friend. He spent four years there and forged many musical and personal relationships. One of the projects he worked on while in Colombia was "Macumbia" with composer/arranger Francisco Zumaque in which traditional, jazz and classical music were combined. With this group he performed with the Bogota symphony orchestra to do a series of concerts honoring the music of the most popular composer in Colombia, Lucho Bermudes. In 1986 he returned to the U.S. in Miami where he began work as an arranger. In 1987 he produced "Morning Ride" for jazz flutist Nestor Torres on Polygram Records. His interest expanded to the rhythms and melodies of the middle east where he studied and performed with Armenian-American oud master Joe Zeytoonian. Since moving to New York in 1991 he has performed and recorded with many musicians such as Ray Barretto, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Anthony Braxton, Mark Murphy, Herbie Mann, Paul Winter Consort, Rabih Abu Khalil, Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band, Erik Friedlander and Pablo Ziegler to name a few. He continues to explore multi-cultural, electronics and improvisational music with local musicians and composers in New York.

Shoko Nagai


Born in Nagoya, Japan, composer and pianist Shoko Nagai has been evolving as a professional musician for twelve years. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1999 she moved to New York City and quickly established herself in the downtown jazz scene performing with such renowned artists as John Zorn, Rasheid Ali, Butch Morris,Tom Rainy, Coung Vu, Ikue Mori, Miho Hatori (cibo matto), Roy Champbell, Satoshi Takeishi, Trevor Dunn, Sam Newsome, Greg Tardy, Daniel Carter to name a few. The Shoko Nagai Quintet which features some of New York's best musicians has performed extensively at the BlueNote, Knitting factory, Tonic, Location One,Vision Festival as well as at other top New York clubs and concert. Nagai released her first CD "Two levels Crossing" in 2000, 2nd CD "VORTEX" in 2002, 3rd. CD "Vsoon" in 2003 which sky productions records. Nagai has performed in Norway (Natt Jazz Festival 1998), in Germany(Moers Jazz Festival 2006), Japan, Switzerland and Israel. In 2005, she received a grant from Philadelphia Music Project 2006 Grant for JazzJaunts, a project in which seven jazz artists will compose and premiere compositions that incorporate musical traditions from their cultural roots. And formed a new project " Ephemeral" with Ned Rothenberg (Shakuhachi, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet), Jennifer Choi (Violin), Stomu Takeishi ( E.Bass), Satoshi Takeishi (Japanese percussion, electronics). Her most recent project is "Vortex" which is a free improvisation duo with piano (Shoko Nagai) and electronics ( Satoshi Takeishi). They scored Japanese full featured movie called " Starfish Hotel" directed by John Williams.