To the Hebrides at Ray's Jazz
Everything is in the Air at Ray's Jazz
Iridescent Clouds Launch Concert at Iklectik Art Lab
There is another new review of Dictionary Land in the Review section from All About Jazz from Karl Ackermann, based in New York : Scroll down to the review section or click here
A track from Dictionary Land is going to be played in Tokyo on 24 th Oct 2023:
Nick Luscombe presents NEW RATIO - Live on Tokyo's CIC LIVE every Monday at 1600 -1730 JST, 8 AM BST.
Link after show: https://www.mixcloud.com/newratio/
Nick presented BBC Radio 3's Sony Award Winning LATE JUNCTION show from 2010-2019, as well as producing and presenting numerous radio programmes for BBC 6 Music, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 2, TOKYO FM, INTER FM, Resonance FM and more.
He runs the spatial sound practice MSCTY - www.mscty.space
Bandcamp: It’s a ‘much better sound’ than listening on You Tube or other streaming live media. Purchasing from Bandcamp gives the most benefit to musicians and composers.
We carefully consider the price for purchasing physical CDs by customers outside the UK: the item cost is reduced to cover some of the additional cost of postage. The digital download album is also available, of course. There is an argument that less carbon would be emitted if all music was stored on CDs rather than in ‘data sheds’ in the long term, considering the embodied energy of manufacturing ‘renewable supply’ facilities such as solar arrays dedicated to the ‘data sheds’ in the long term: from decades to centuries...Just a thought ?
A new interview ( May 2023 ) with Lawrence Peryer, music critic, who discovered my music in 2011 and wrote a review in All About Jazz of the 'Late Autumn' album. Click on the 'Spotlight On' panel below for the full interview.
New track images added in Bandcamp for 2023
New album out on London based Chris Hodgkins – Jazz Then And Now On Jazz London Radio archive:
Monday 5th September 2022 at 3pm,
KZFR it's Just Jazz radio from
Chico, California plays 'Dictionary Land'
Monday, August 29th, 2:30 pm, Pacific time
(22:30 pm UK, 23:30 pm France and Italy,
5:30pm Canada, 06:30am Japan)
The preview from Steve Scarborough, KZFR It's Just Jazz:
'Another beautiful creative effort. It's an album that encourages multiple listening experiences.
So nice to see the cover art while listening and appreciating the connection with the music.'
(Steve was looking at the actual CD advance copy)
New album "Dictionary Land" was digitally released on 33jazz records in June 2022:
Taeko Kunishima: piano, synths, digital sounds
Paul Moylan: double bass
Camilo Tirado: tablas, percussions
Clive Bell: shakuhachi, flute
Francesca Ter-Berg: vocal
Jeremy Hawkins: field recording, digital sounds, poetry reading
Co produced by Taeko Kunishima and Camilo Tirado
Mixed and mastered by Camilo Tirado
Executive producer: Paul Jolly
I am now on the the All about Jazz website at www.allaboutjazz.com/musicians/taeko-kunishima which contains reviews, jazz news and links to buy my previous 4 albums.
New Album also on CD via Amazon
During the lock down period, I was preparing and composing for a new project, and also I held a free YouTube stream concert at my piano room on May 10th 2021. See link above.
There was a very successful concert at Aberjazz festival on 28th August, 2022. We played original pieces including the pieces from new album Dictionary Land.
The venue; Peppers, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, West Wales
The musicians line up was:
Taeko Kunishima: piano, synths
Pete Judge: trumpet
Ashley John Long: double bass
Jeremy Hawkins: field recordings
Please refer to the News page for future
"Interesting musical development"
" Such brilliant music" *
- Nick Luscombe. Late Junction. BBC Radio 3 : April 2017 and a later personal message *.
"Acknowledged for her trademark lyricism"
- All About Jazz
'Acknowledged for her trademark lyricism, pianist Taeko Kunishima reflects upon the wonders of nature on Iridescent Clouds, her latest album, "offering elegant improvised passages encased in a meditative concept." Ian Mann (The Jazz Mann): "This is carefully crafted, consistently beautiful music that has a way of getting under your skin and staying there, something that the intriguing and exotic instrumentation positively encourages.'
'Her composition: beautiful, haunting melody with her Japanese heritage informing the parts for shakuhachi, played by Clive Bell.'
She started to play piano at age 7, with a liking for Bach, Shostakovich, Schubert and Takemitsu. She studied classical piano performance at University. On hearing Miles Davis her direction changed. Since moving to England she has been performing in the UK, Japan and Germany. She has released 5 albums, been played on BBC radio 3, Jazz FM and the other jazz radio stations. In the past she played at the Isle of Wight 'Jazz Diva' Festival, The Vortex and a number of times at Ray's Jazz.She has played twice at the EFG London Jazz Festival (2017) and Aberjazz Festival, West Wales.(August 2018 & 2022)
Photo By: Ryoichi Aratani