Naoko Sakata Trio featuring André Lachance and Dan Gaucher

@ 8:00pm

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“The music was lyrical, spacious, and delivered with beautifully nuanced trio dynamics.”—All About Jazz

Ravishing soundscapes and dramatic improvisations are striking qualities in the original music of Japanese born pianist Naoko Sakata. Her trio work is marked by contrasts between simplicity and complexity, sensitivity and bold outbursts. “So beautiful that it almost hurts,” writes critic Gunnar Wiklund in a concert review. Sakata moved to Sweden in 2008 where she formed a trio with Anton Blomgren on bass and Johan Birgenius on drums. In 2009 she won the Young Nordic Jazz Comets “Soloist Prize” and two years later Naoko received the Swedish Radio “Jazzkatt Newcomer of the Year Award.” She’s released two acclaimed CDs and performed throughout Europe and Japan. Vancouver-based drummer Dan Gaucher and bassist André Lachance join Sakata who is here for one month residency that will connect her to the city’s vibrant jazz community.

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Naoko Sakata is a Japanese born pianist. She came to Sweden in 2008 to study at Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama. She won the 2009 Young Nordic Jazz Comets Soloist Prize. In 2011, she was given the Swedish Radio Jazzkatt Newcomer of the Year Award. Since receiving these highly regarded awards, her trio has played live on Swedish Radio and TV, and at various jazz festivals in both Sweden and abroad including Umea Jazz Festival, Swedish Jazz Celebration, 12 Points Festival, Vossa Jazz Festival (Norway), Jazzahead in Bremen (Germany), Bohemia Jazz Festival (Czech Republic) and Jazz Au Chellah (Morocco). She has also performed solo at International solo piano festival in Czech Republic. She has played at prestigious venues such as Gothenburgs Concert House, Fasching Jazz Club in Stockholm and Nefertiti Jazz Club in Gothenburg. In June of 2011, she graduated from the Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama with her Bachelor of Improvisation. She is the bandleader and composer for the Naoko Sakata Trio, and member of many other bands playing amongst such Swedish artists as Bobo Stensson, Anders Jormin and Lennart Aberg. She has received several scholarships including the 2013 Alice Babs Jazz Scholarship. Her trio has released two albums: ‘Kaleidoscope’ (2011) and ‘Flower Clouds’ (2013) combining the release of the latter with a tour in Japan and Sweden. She has also released a voice/piano duo album ‘MOCO’ (2013), and appears on Helena Wahlstroms debut album ‘Circle of Legacy’ (2012).

Presented by Coastal Jazz and Blues Society in association with the Western Front . Thanks to the Swedish Arts Grant Committee.