Rema HasumiBrooklyn, NY
Rema Hasumi is a pianist/vocalist who is based out in Brooklyn. Rema has performed at venues across NY, the United States and Asia. In 2009 she performed at the Kennedy Center as one of the four finalists of Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Panist Competition. More reently, upon invitation by acclaimed vocalist Jen Shyu, Rema presented her solo work “The Patterns of Duplicity” at a series of “Solo Rites” concerts by Ms. Shyu. The piece featured the poetry “Spring and Asura”(1925) by Kenji Miyazawa interpreted in multiple languages, exploring the possibilities of musical ideas unique and inherent to each language.
Rema has also worked extensively as both pianist and vocalist in many other projects, including a series of collaborations with the saxophonst Darius Jones in which they performed the music of Alice Coltrane. She has also worked as the vocalist in the guitarist Todd Neufeld’s new two-drummer group. Rema’s new trio was prmiered in June 2015 in two nights of concerts in NYC. It features compositions she is writing for piano/voice, performed alongside the great Randy Peterson and Masa Kamaguchi.
Her first record “UTAZATA” was released on May 3, 2015, from Ruweh Records. It features the highly sympathetic cast of Todd Neufed (guitar), Thomas Morgan (bass), Billy Mintz (drums), and fiery guest musicians Ben Gerstein (trombone) and Sergio Krakowski (pandeiro). The group interprets the themes of Japanese Gagaku and ritual music. This record was made as a result of days of mindful searching on femininity, mythology and rituals in Japanese performing arts.
Rema Hasumi’s ITAK Ensemble – improvisation
Rema Hasumi (piano)
Masa Kamaguchi (bass)
Randy Peterson (drums)
UTAZATA (2015, Ruweh Records)
Available at www.ruwehrecords.com
Rema Hasumi (piano/voice)
Todd Neufeld (guitar)
Thomas Morgan (bass)
Billy Mintz (drums)
Ben Gerstein (trombone)
Sergio Krakowski (pandeiro/adufo/mbira)
Photos by Suguru Ikeda
Video and Edition by Jesse Wakeman
UTAZATA Live at IBeam Brooklyn – Chikuzen Imayou
Rema Hasumi (voice/piano), Todd Neufeld (guitar), Thomas Morgan (bass), Billy Mintz (drums), Ben Gerstein (trombone), Sergio Krakowski (pandeiro).
Recorded at IBeam Brooklyn on November 20th, 2015.
Video by Jesse Wakeman.