Noted by The New York Times as a “virtuosic, deeply expressive shakuhachi player and composer,” Kojiro Umezaki (梅崎康二郎) performs regularly with the Grammy Award winning Silk Road Ensemble with whom he appears on multiple recordings including Sing Me Home, A Playlist Without Borders, Off the Map, and the Grammy-nominated 2015 documentary film, The Music of Strangers, directed by Morgan Neville. (Cycles), an album of original work, was released recently by In a Circle Records. Other recordings as performance, composer, and/or producer include Brooklyn Rider’s Dominant Curve, Yo-Yo Ma’s Appassionato, Beat in Fractions’ Beat Infraction, The Silk Road: A Musical Caravan (Smithsonian Folkways), and Huun Huur Tu’s Ancestors Call.
Born to a Japanese father and Danish mother, Umezaki grew up in Tokyo and is a performer of the shakuhachi, a composer, and a technologist with interests in integrating global musical practices with electronics. He is member of the senate faculty at the University of California, Irvine where he works with doctoral students in the Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology program.
Recent and forthcoming highlights:
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