Saturday, July 29, 2017
Haruna Fukazawa Quintet
Haruna Fukazawa Quintet
Haruna Fukazawa (flute)
Steve Wilson (sax&flute)
David DeMotta (piano)
Bill Moring (bass)
Steve Johns (drums)
Haruna Fukazawa is a New York-based flutist. She has been an active member of the New York, Japan and Europe musical scene as a performer, composer, and a recording artist. Her playing style is straightforward, sweet, and powerful, which makes Haruna a smart choice for musicians looking for a dominant and sophisticated flute-sound in their music.
Haruna was born in Tokyo and began playing the piano at the age of 4. At the age of 12, she began playing the flute.
After graduating from Mushashino Academia Musicae as a classical player, She performed classical music as a soloist, as well as in orchestras, woodwind quintet and chamber. In 2004 she attended a Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson’s show. She not only discovered jazz but also decided to focus her career on it. That year, she took jazz lessons from Hiroshi Ishida. She also began lessons in jazz improvisation and arranging from Shinpei Inoue. In September 2009, she went to New York and took private lessons from the jazz legend Frank Wess. She has been taking lesson from him every time she returns to United States. Mr. Wess became one of her main influences.
In 2006, she joined two musical projects as a permanent member, Cichla Temensis; A Progressive-Rock band, and Bellfast; A Folk Metal band. In October 2009 she was part of “4°C”: a female jazz band who made an appearance in CS Channel Terebi Asahi, on the show Genryu Jazz. In 2010, she was the guest performer at a live show with two famous jazz musicians: the bassist Kiyoto Fujiwara and the pianist Peter Madsen.
Cichla Temensis played in Trieste summer Rock Festival, Trieste, Italy in 2010. It was the first time for a japanese band to perform at this festival. They shared the line up of the festival with great names such as Focus and former Genesis’ guitarist Steve Hackett.
In January 2006 Haruna recorded music for a big scale Automaton clock designed by Hayao Miyazaki which was installed in Nihon Terebi TV Station, telling the time to this day. In January 2008,Cichla Temensis released their first CD Another Triangle. In February 2009, they released their second Cd Affine Space. In the same year, she went into a studio to lay down flute parts for the song “Bonita”: a tune recorded by J-Pop band Dragon Ash in their album Freedom. In March 2010 she released her First Album as a band leader: Spring Up, released by Urban Jazz-Ichigo Ichie. During October 2010 heavy metal band Bellfast released their first CD, Insula Sacra on King Records Label.
In September of 2012, Haruna moved to New York.
As a side musician, Haruna performs regulary in group as six time winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra, Patrick Brennan’s transparency kestra, Jihye Lee Orchestra, Jazz Triangle 65-77 and more. They have performed around New York city’s venues, including The Stone, Shapeshifter Lab, Club Bonafide, The Rubin Museum of Art and Symphony Space.
2016, She performed at the Carnegie Hall as a flutist with Tokyo Simon Philharmonic Orchestra.
She is performing regularly at Espresso77, Antique Garage and more. Her jazz quintet performed at Whynot Jazz Club in 2015 includes pianist Helio Alves, Shapeshifter Lab in 2016 includes saxophonist Steve Wilson.
She had a tour in Italy 2015, and in Japan 2016.
She recorded for Jazz Triangle 65-77 and the album will be released from What’s New Records in August 2017.