April 23, 2021

Contempo presents Hiromi at Harris Theater

It was with real pleasure that I attended Contempo’s double-bill concert at Harris Theater last November 15, 2011. The always wonderful chamber music group Eighth Blackbird was featured in the first half along with the  Pacifica Quartet, Anima and pianist Amy Briggs, but it was the second half of the concert featuring Japanese jazz pianist Hiromi that brought out a very young hipster crowd to sit with the  regular new modern classical music aficionados.

You knew immediately that this was not to be a sedate performance as the petite piano dynamo bounced out on stage in her red shoes and wild hair sprouting from a top of the head ponytail. She was joined by the estimable skills of electric bass player Anthony Jackson (sideman to Chick Corea, Paul Simon, Sadao Watanabe, Pat Metheny, et. al.) and British drummer Simon Phillips (of Toto, Judas Priest, The Who, etc.) in what was called “The Trio Project.” This music was a wonderful stew of jazz chords, improvisation with injections of classical, rock and world music. All three players were musically inventive with an energy that literally drove the audience to their feet. Hiromi is currently playing a lot of material from her 2011 recording “Voice.” Check her out on youtube or itunes. Happy listening!



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