New Music by Asuka Kakitani
All-female vocal quartet, Quince Ensemble, will be giving the world premiere of Minnesota-based composer Asuka Kakitani’s “Songs of One’s Own,” which features women writers’ texts, including Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, and Akiko Yosano. They will also premiere Evan Williams’ “Dust Bowl,” and perform works by Courtney Bryan, Carrie Henneman Shaw, Eliza Brown, and Michael Miller.
Quince has been featured on many festivals and series, such as KODY Festival in Lublin, Poland in collaboration with David Lang and Beth Morrison Projects; the Outpost Concert Series; the Philip Glass: Music with Friends concert at Issue Project Room; University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium; and the SONiC Festival in New York, to name a few. During the 2021-22 season, they can be seen with The Chicago Symphony Orchestra/MUSICNOW, University of Chicago Presents, University of Florida, University of Miami, Frost School, and more!
“A musical impressionist and supreme colorist” (Hot House Magazine) aptly characterizes the Japanese-born composer Asuka Kakitani. At the forefront of Brooklyn’s burgeoning big band scene, Kakitani has attracted some of New York’s finest jazz artists with her adventurous, melodically charged charts. Asuka was selected as a 2013 DownBeat Critic Poll Rising Star Arranger six months after her 18-piece Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra (AKJO) made a stunning debut with Bloom on Nineteen-Eight Records. The album was featured on the international radio program PRI’s The World, depicting Bloom as “full of complicated harmony . . . but it also makes room for simplicity.” Bloom was also selected as one of the best debut albums on the 2013 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll, All About Jazz, and Lucid Culture. Other accolades include Jazz Wax’s Marc Myers saying “Kakitani and her ideas and pen are the real deal;” while DownBeat Magazine described Bloom as having “sumptuous positivity and organic flow (★★★★);” and All About Jazz called it “absolutely superb.”
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