NOTE: Ralph Alessi is unable to perform tonight and thus the group will be a quintet.
On Friday December 2nd, Firehouse 12 is pleased to welcome back percussionist and composer Tomas Fujiwara and his new double trio featuring Ralph Alessi, Taylor Ho Bynum, Mary Halvorson, Brandon Seabrook, and Gerald Cleaver. The group will be recording at Firehouse 12 the day after the performance for a future Firehouse 12 Records release.
Fujiwara "works with rhythm as a pliable substance, solid but ever shifting. His style is forward-driving but rarely blunt or aggressive, and never random. . .[his] conception of the drum set [is] as a full-canvas instrument, almost orchestral in its scope" (Nate Chinen, New York Times). Fujiwara's "compositional subtlety brims with lyric detail and supple imagination, revealing an artist whose urbane writing is equal to his impressively nuanced drumming" (Troy Collins, Point of Departure).
Tomas Fujiwara was born and raised in Boston, MA, where he studied with legendary drummer and teacher Alan Dawson for eight years before moving to New York at the age of 17. He is currently a member of ensembles led by Taylor Ho Bynum, Mary Halvorson, Matana Roberts, Mike Reed, Josh Sinton and others in addition to projects with artists such as Anthony Braxton, Roswell Rudd, Tim Berne, Marty Ehrlich, and Michael Formanek.