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by Haruka Fujii

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Percussionist Haruka Fujii releases her first full-length solo recording Ingredients, exploring the colorful components of virtuoso repertoire for mixed percussion. Ingredients includes works by composers Joji Yuasa, Maki Ishii, Akemi Naito, Carl Schimmel, Ryan Streber, and Caroline Mallonee, several of which are premiere recordings and were written for Ms. Fujii. The instrumentation heard on the recording comprises a diverse sonic landscape: from a turkey gobble, conduit pipes and kazoo to traditional Japanese taiko drums and temple bowls. Ms. Fujii is joined by Eric Huebner (piano), Jonathan Hammill (toy instruments), Mutsuko Fujii, Rika Fujii, Keiko Nishikawa, and Masao Yamashita (percussion).

Multi-percussionist Haruka Fujii has become one of the most prominent solo percussionists and marimbists of her generation. She has won international acclaim for her interpretations of contemporary music, having performed premieres of works from composers including Franghis Ali-Zadeh, Tan Dun, Nico Muhly, Joji Yuasa, and Maki Ishii. Since 2010 Ms. Fujii has performed as a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, joining a group of international musicains for several tours. She is a founding member of New York based new music quartets Flexible Music and Line C3 percussion quartet, She has frequently collaborated with composer Tan Dun, performing his Water Percussion Concerto, Paper Percussion Concerto, and opera Tea in major venues across the world.


released November 19, 2013




New Focus Recordings New York, New York

New Focus Recordings is an artist led collective label featuring releases in contemporary music of many stripes, as well as new approaches to older repertoire. The label was founded by guitarist Daniel Lippel (who is the current director), composer engineer Ryan Streber, and composer Peter Gilbert in 2003-4, and features releases from many of new music's most active performers and composers. ... more

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