Fresh and modern Japanese jazz group ai kuwabara trio project will perform a series of concerts in November, sponsored by the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA).
The band’s music is urban contemporary jazz with a strong, experimental feel and a flavor of funk. The band shows a regard for a wide-range of musical styles, featuring elements of progressive rock and even pop.
They are led by young jazz pianist Ai Kuwabara with Yusuke Morita on bass guitar and Shintaro Imamura on drums.
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles chose to bring this particular group to the U.S. in order to showcase the contemporary jazz scene thriving in Japan.
Indeed, in September the trio played its biggest show to date at the massive Tokyo Jazz Festival which featured Tony Bennett as headliner.
Their latest album “The Sixth Sense” (released in April 2013) was inspired by psychology and cognitive science.
ai kuwabara trio project US Tour 2013
Thursday, Nov 14, San Francisco
7:30 PM at Chevron Auditorium, International House, University of California, Berkeley, 2299 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, CA 94720. Admission: Free. RSVP required at www.jflalc.org to guarantee your seat. Walk-ins also welcome.
Saturday, Nov. 16, Los Angeles
7:30 PM at Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC), 514 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013. Admission: $5. Ticket is on sale now at www.thelatc.org
Monday, Nov. 18, Denver
7:30 PM at Kenneth King Academic & Performing Arts Center, Metropolitan State University of Denver, 855 Lawrence Way, Denver, CO 80204. Admission: Free. RSVP not required.
Wednesday, Nov. 20, Anchorage
7:30 PM at Fine Arts Building, University of Alaska, Anchorage, 3640 Alumni Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508. Admission: Free. RSVP required at www.jflalc.org to guarantee your seat. Walk-ins also welcome.