Mizuki - percussive dance
Kappa Maki - trumpet
Yasuhiro Usui - guitar
Satoko Fujii - piano
Takaaki Masuko - percussion
Through improvised music and movement, Hakidame ni Tsuru traverses cultures and continents, stretching its wings beyond boundaries and across borders. Hakidame ni Tsuru translates into English as crane in the wasteland, an image that occurred to trumpeter Kappa Maki as he watched the beautiful gestures percussive dancer Mizuki improvises in response to the wild, swirling soundscapes created by this avant-jazz-rock quartet.
When lauded pianist/composer Satoko Fujii first met Mizuki in 2008,
Fujii’s curiosity and creative instincts inspired her to bring together this very special band of experimental improvisers, including Kappa Maki, guitarist Yasuhiro Usui, and percussionist Takaaki Masuko. First assembled to tour Japan in March 2012, these internationally renowned performers, based in Germany, Japan and the U.S. continue to perform in clubs, theaters, galleries, and improvised performance venues around the world.