Marimba · Percussion · Piano
Twelve Months in Minnesota
NEW ALBUM Release!
Saturday June 24th, 2023
Release concert: Studio Z
Composer Asuka Kakitani presents a CD release concert for her new album, Twelve Months in Minnesota, for solo percussion featuring Eri Isomura. The album contains twelve movements inspired by nature in Minnesota, which capture the spirit and feel of particular moments from each month of the year.
“A musical impressionist and supreme colorist” (Hot House Magazine) aptly characterizes the Japanese-born composer Asuka Kakitani. Her deep love for nature and animals inspires Kakitani to transform her imagination into epic musical stories that DownBeat Magazine described as brimming with “sumptuous positivity and organic flow.”
She is the founder of the 18-piece ensemble the Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra, and their first recording Bloom has been featured on the international radio program PRI’s The World, acknowledged as one of the best debut albums of the year by DownBeat Magazine Critics’ Poll and NPR Music Jazz Critics’ Poll, and All About Jazz called it “absolutely superb.”
After she relocated to Minnesota from Brooklyn, NY in 2016, she co-founded the Twin Cities Jazz Composers’ Workshop, which aims to foster creative and forward-looking composition for the modern jazz orchestra in the Twin Cities area. Kakitani also co-founded and conducts Inatnas Orchestra with her husband, composer/trombonist JC Sanford, that features both of their music and some of the best jazz musicians in the twin cities area. Kakitani has been the recipient of grants and awards including the BMI Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize, the Manny Albam Commission, the Jerome Fund for New Music from the American Composers Forum, Brooklyn Arts Council, two Composer Assistance Grants from the American Music Center, and recently was awarded a 2019 McKnight Composer Fellowship.
Summer Marimba Recital
Sunday, June 25th, 2023
Twin Cities Percussionist Eri Isomura presents a collection of solo and duo pieces featuring modern marimba and percussion works. Percussionist Richardson Handjaja will be featured on the Korean traditional Janggu drum in the world premiere of Chilchae for Janggu and Marimba by Michael Maiorana. Eri will also present her first composition featuring marimba and electronics, and selections from her new solo percussion album, 12 Months in Minnesota, composed and produced by Asuka Kakitani.
This activity is made possible by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and the Minnesota Legislature.