Japanese pianist Yamashita Yosuke performs in Hanoi

A Jazz concert featuring Japanese pianist Yamashita Yosuke will take place at Hanoi Opera House on February 1-2.

Japanese pianist Yamashita Yosuke performs in Hanoi

The Japanese artist will be on stage together with one of the Vietnamese leading saxophonists Quyen Van Minh, conductor Honna Tetsuji and the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra
Japanese jazz pianist, composer and writer Yamashita Yosuke was born in 1942. He is praised by critics for his unique piano style, which is influenced by free jazz, modal jazz and soul jazz.
Yamashita first played piano professionally in 1959, at the age of 17, and attended the Kunitachi College of Music from 1962 to 1967. His first released recording was in 1963, and he became a pioneer of avant-garde and free jazz. In 1969, he formed the Yosuke Yamashita Trio, consisting of Yamashita, Akira Sakata (alto sax) and Takeo Moriyama (drums)
In the 1980s, Yamashita formed the “New York Trio” with bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Pheeroan akLaff. In 1994 he was invited to perform at the 50th anniversary concert of jazz label Verve, held at Carnegie Hall. He provided the music for films such as Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands and Dr. Akagi. He has been a visiting professor of music at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, Nagoya University of Arts, Kunitachi College of Music.

By Kim Khanh

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