Jazz Meets Hogaku
The Eloquent Fish Ensemble -- This unique ensemble came into being in Tokyo when shakuhachi virtuoso Toshiya Mizukawa and jazz pianist Ron Hadley organized the group to perform Mr. Hadley's compositions and to continue intercultural projects on which they had been collaborating. The ensemble is an amalgamation of the Sagami Traditional Music Duo (koto and shakuhachi) and the Ron Hadley Quartet (piano, bass, drums and saxophones). In addition to presenting original compositions and arrangements of traditional Japanese pieces, ensemble members perform authentic Hogaku (traditional Japanese music) as well as material drawn from the standard jazz repertoire. Workshops and lecture/demonstrations dealing with the two fields of Japanese music and jazz (as well as how these fields might be combined) are an important part of the group's schedule. Jazz Meets Hogaku -- This CD is a studio recording made in Richmond, British Columbia in October, 2007 during a British Columbia tour by the ensemble. It consists of seven brilliant original compositions by pianist Ron Hadley that blend jazz and traditional Japanese music influences. Personnel: Toshiya Mizukawa: shakuhachi; Nahoko Ohata: koto; Ron Hadley: piano; Jim Cameron: saxophones; Rick Kilburn: bass; Kelby MacNayr: drums.