Izumi KimuraDublin, Dublin
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Originally from Yokohama, Japan, I have been playing the piano since three and studied classical piano performance in Japan.
In 1995 I moved to Ireland and continued playing the music through the turbulence of the life, always worked hard on the music written by other people and established a position as a contemporary pianist.
The process of music and life becoming intertwined with each other more and more, became the process of remembering to improvise again, and I have been lucky to work with many great musicians from both classical and jazz worlds in Ireland.
I am magnetized by the things that live in the cracks between composed and improvised music, abstract and concrete, variations of the forms the nature takes, the roles we take, cultures, languages and attitudes, vibrations.
I currently live in Dublin, performing, and teaching piano, harmony and improvisation.
'heroic levels of technical fearlessness, stamina and strengh in a programme dominated by flying, rumbling bass lines, hard-driven rhythms and counter-rhythms, and thousands upon thousands of notes - she also created a breathing, slow-burn climax - with a more reflective, often intimate style of playing'. (on a concert of contemporary Irish solo pieces)
'Natural kind of musicianship that never strives too much'.
'Her easy authority made each piece seem to come across as it should - persuasively'.
- Irish Times / Sunday Business Post