Mon, February 11th

Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra Album Release


Doors 6:30pm
Show 7:15pm
Advance Price $10 (SAVE 30% on dinner when you include a Full Dinner for only $20 - details below)
Door Price $10
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Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra

Asuka Kakitani
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At the forefront of Brooklyn’s burgeoning big band scene, the Japanese-born composer Asuka Kakitani has attracted some of New York’s finest jazz artists with her adventurous, melodically charged charts. After several years of regular performances around New York City, the dynamically supple 18-piece Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra makes a stunning debut with Bloom, due out January 26 on Nineteen-Eight Records.

Outside of Lincoln Center, virtually all jazz orchestras exist as a labor of love. Kakitani has fostered the necessary dedication among her peers with writing so bright, vivid and personal that it inspires some of New York’s leading improvisers to wondrously expressive heights. Prominently featured among the album’s stellar cast are saxophonist John O’Gallagher, trombonist Jacob Garchik, guitarist Pete McCann, pianist Mike Eckroth, drummer Mark Ferber, and Portuguese-born vocalist Sara Serpa.

Asuka’s compositions are often inspired by art, literature, and nature. She tries to capture this inspiration in orchestrational color and melodic development via extended through-composed forms. Asuka attempts to balance her composed music with a palette for her incredibly creative soloists to express themselves. Asuka also interprets traditional Japanese children’s music, which she “re-composes” by utilizing many of their simple motives for thematic development filtered through the language of her distinct harmonic and melodic concept.

Asuka was awarded the BMI Foundation’s seventh annual Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize in 2006, adjudicated by jazz luminaries Joe Lovano, Robin Eubanks, and former editor of DownBeat, Dan Morgenstern. Along with the award, she received the prestigious Manny Albam Commission to compose a new work for large jazz ensemble, which was premiered at the 2007 BMI annual showcase. Asuka was awarded a Composer Assistance Grant from the American Music Center in 2009 for the premiere of her suite “Re-imagining of My Childhood” in which she re-composed three Japanese children songs for her jazz orchestra. In 2010, she was again awarded another Composer Assistance Grant for her premiere of the suite “Homage to Rothko/Rapturous and Melancholy Colors” a collection of three original pieces inspired by the painter Mark Rothko’s works from different periods of his life. Asuka’s music has been performed internationally at such events and venues as the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference, Fairbanks Summer Art Festival in Alaska, Merkin Concert Hall in New York, Berklee College of Music, Susquehanna University, Le Moyne College, and Jazz at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

It’s not surprising that the Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra would thrive in such a creative hothouse, but even given the fertile environment, there’s no accounting for Bloom, a confoundingly beautiful album that effortlessly elides burdensome distinctions between East and West, composition and improvisation, soloist and ensemble.

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**Dinner Special Details**

Click on the ticket link above and select the General Admission ticket PLUS $20 Dinner special to save 30% on your dinner (does not include TIP). Select your dinner option on the page during checking-out when you review your online order and BEFORE finishing the check process.** 

Dinner options include:

  OPTION 1: Mediterranean Plate with Green Salad and a Soda
  OPTION 2: Cheeseburger with Green Salad, Humus and a Soda
  OPTION 3: Fish & chips with Green Salad, Humus and a Soda