Piece by Piece #7: Izumi Kimura
Friday 22nd May, 20:00 GMT+1
Streaming on IMC's Youtube channel
IMC and Triskel are coming together to host a weekly sequence of online solo performances featuring leading Irish improvisers, streaming each Friday at 8pm.
The 7th creation in the sequence comes from pianist Izumi Kimura. The Japanese-born, Irish-based pianist has worked with many of the top names in contemporary and improvised music and performed all over the world, and is praised by the Irish Times for her “heroic level of technical fearlessness”.
In the Piece by Piece series, each artist’s input performance will influence or inspire the next performance in this musical chain. Piece by piece, artists will create new improvised work, based on the preceding work. Improvising musicians are uniquely skilled at interpretation and spontaneous creation allowing for fresh creation of the highest calibre.
Enjoy fresh new music, influenced in real-time, from world-class Irish improvising musicians, telling the story of these strange times through new music and live performance, piece by piece.
Piece by Piece is an exciting new initiative from IMC and Triskel Arts Centre, which brings an entirely new meaning to the term ‘online influencer’.
IMC and Triskel are committed to continuing to employ artists and engage audiences, particularly during these challenging times.
Next week, Friday 29th May: Úna Monaghan
See the whole series here.
Izumi Kimura, Japanese born and Irish resident, is a highly acclaimed practitioner of contemporary piano music, improviser, and educator.Kimura was born in Yokohama, Japan where she commenced her piano studies. She completed her undergraduate degree in Toho University of Music in Tokyo under the tutelage of Akikio Teranishi, Akira Miyoshu and Kazuoki Fujii. In 1995, she moved to Ireland where she studied with Ray Keary at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Kimura has performed extensively throughout the country and abroad as a solo, orchestral and chamber musician and broadcast including on RTE Lyric FM, RTE one, Dublin City FM, Raidió na Life, and RTE 2 television. She has worked with some of the leading performers and ensembles from both disciplines of classical and jazz, including RTE Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, Michael D’arcy, Ioana Petcu, Colan, Ken Edge, Benjamin Dwyer, Susan Doyle, Cora Venus Lunny, and many more from the world of classical music, and with jazz musicians including Tommy Halferty, Ronan Guilfoyle, Michael Buckley, Joe O'Callaghan, Oki Itaru, Makoto Sato, Benoít Delbecq, Stéphane Payen, Sarah Buechi, Fuzzy Logic Ensemble and more.
Kimura released her début album Asymmetry on Diatribe Records in 2010. The album includes works by Japanese and Irish composers including Mamoru Fujieda, Takashi Yoshimatsu, Toshinao Sato, Gred Caffrey, Ronan Guilfoyle and Gerald Barry.
Although classically trained, Kimura has spent much of her time in Ireland exploring jazz music. She has worked with many of Ireland's stellar jazz musicians including Julian Arguelles, Tommy Halferty, Ed Neumeister, Stéphane Payen and Sarah Buechi.
Izumi is currently being supported by the Arts Council for a series of collaberative duos under the title 'Though Bubbles'. The first two performances of the series took place in the Mick Lally Theatre, Galway and RIAM in January 2017 when Kimura was joined by American jazz percussionist Gerry Hemingway. As part of the SPECTRUM festival which takes place from the 10th-12th of March, Kimura will be performing yet another collaborative duo in The Hugh lane gallery with bassist Barry Guy.
‘Meditative, subtly provocative, impressionistic and consistently alluring’– All About Jazz
'Heroic levels of technical fearlessness, stamina and strength’– The Irish Times
'Natural kind of musicianship that never strives too much'– Irish Times