Atzko Kohashi

Biography          

 

Atzko Kohashi, who currently resides in Amsterdam, is a Japanese born pianist with international background. By the age of 5, her musical path began by studying classical piano in Japan. During her university studies (Law at Keio University in Tokyo), she joined the college jazz big band. From 1994-2001, Atzko lived in New York where she studied jazz piano with the master Steve Kuhn. After moving back to Tokyo in 2001, she played frequently with various local jazz musicians.

 Atzko has been residing in Amsterdam since 2005. Atzko has thus experienced three different cultures: Japanese, American and European. Such multicultural background has surely influenced her view on music and led to her unique musical style. “Warm, Natural and human” ''Still waters run deep” “Being neither too much nor too little, which seems something common with Zen philosophy– critics describe the playing of pianist Atzko Kohashi. Whilst Atzko’s musical root lies in Jazz, she adapts the melodies to her own voice.

 After moving to Amsterdam, she formed a duo with Dutch bassist Frans van der Hoeven and released duo album Amstel Moments in 2009 and Waltz for Debby in 2013. She also made an album with Drummer Sebastiaan Kaptein called Dualtone. Then all three musicians came together and produced the album Lujon. These albums were well received by critics and music lovers. Atzko went on a tour to Japan as part of the duo in 2013 and as a trio in 2016, playing at several concert halls in Japan. The trio’s concert at Hakuju-hall in Tokyo was selected as ‘’one of the most impressive concerts in the year 2016” by JazzTokyo.

 During those years she has also collaborated with Japanese musicians such as bassist Yosuke Inoue and guitarist Kazuma Fujimoto. Recently she released an album called Elegy with Russian classical cellist Maya Fridman in ÆON trio - jazz & classics cross-border, followed by her first vinyl album Lost & Found  accompanied by Dutch singer Denise Jannah.

 Atzko now starts her new trio project with trumpeter Angelo Verploegen and bassist Tony Overwater. The trio is built on the mutual respect for each other and their unspoken agreement - an equal partnership. This is definitely a unique sound of triadic conversation as a minimal unit of “collective improvisation.” Their album will be released soon.

She also teams up with Russian cellist Maya Fridman in ÆON trio - jazz & classics cross-border and released their debut album Elegy (Trptk 2017).
Recently, she has been working on her analog recording project (live-to-two-track recording) with Rhapsody Analog Recordings. Her first vinyl album Lost & Found played with Dutch singer Denise Jannah was released in 2017. 

She starts her new trio project with trumpeter Angelo Verploegen and bassist Tony Overwater. They will soon have new recording in spring 2018.  
                          
She also teams up with Russian cellist Maya Fridman in ÆON trio - jazz & classics cross-border and released their debut album Elegy (Trptk 2017).
Recently, she has been working on her analog recording project (live-to-two-track recording) with Rhapsody Analog Recordings. Her first vinyl album Lost & Found played with Dutch singer Denise Jannah was released in 2017. 

She starts her new trio project with trumpeter Angelo Verploegen and bassist Tony Overwater. They will soon have new recording in spring 2018.  
                          
She also teams up with Russian cellist Maya Fridman in ÆON trio - jazz & classics cross-border and released their debut album Elegy (Trptk 2017)
 
 

 

 

 

                           

小橋敦子 こはし あつこ 

 

神奈川県茅ヶ崎市出身。 2005年5月よりオランダ、アムステルダム在住。5歳でクラシックピアノを始め、慶応義塾大学在学中に学生ビッグバンドのピアニストとして活躍。その後1994 年から2001 年までニューヨーク滞在、スティーブ・キューンに師事。 帰国後は東京・横浜のジャズシーンで活動。

2005 年、日本からオランダへ活動の拠点を移す。日本、アメリカ、ヨーロッパの3つの異なる文化を経験した小橋は、多文化的な背景を持つ日本人ピアニストといえるだろう。その多文化背景が自身の音楽観に影響を与え、ユニークな音楽スタイルに繋がっていった。 「あたたかく、自然で、人間的な温もりがある」「静かな流れは底が深い」「過不足のない音の選択は、どこか禅の哲学に共通する」「小橋の音楽のルーツはジャズにありながら、自分自身のボイスでメロディーを紡いでいる」と、国内外の批評家たちは小橋に対して賛辞を送っている。

Frans van der Hoevenとデュオを結成し2009年にCD Amstel Momentsを、2013年にはWaltz for Debbyをリリース。また、ドラマーSebastiaan KapteinとデュオでDualtoneをリリースする。その後この3人のメンバーでトリオを結成、Lujonが日本のCloud レーベルよりリリースされる。これらのアルバムは、批評家をはじめ多くの音楽愛好家に好評を博す。 2013年にはデュオで日本ツアー、2016年にはトリオのツアーを行い東京、札幌、福岡、鹿児島のコンサートホールで演奏。特に東京の白寿ホールで行われたトリオでのコンサートは、JazzTokyoの「2016年の最も印象的なコンサートの一つ」に選ばれている。

 また、2016年にÆON trioとしてロシア人チェリストのマヤ・フリッドマンと共演した「Elegy」、 2017年にはオランダ人ジャズ・ボーカリスト、デニス・ジャナーとのアナログ録音によるライブ・アルバム「Lost & Found」がリリースされ、レコーディング活動も多岐に及ぶ。

 

2018年よりベーシストのトニー・オーヴァーウォーター、トランぺッターのアンジェロ・フェルプルーヘンと共に新トリオを結成、自身のオリジナルに加え、ポスト・モダンジャズの名曲を素材に、3人の個性あふれるユニークなアプローチで新しいサウンドを試みている。

Latest News!

New VINYL album "Lost & Found" with Denise Jannah (vo) is just released!

Live to 2 Track 100% Analog recording.


Further information: http://www.rhapsodyanalogrecordings.com/