Tomas Fujiwara (Drums), Gerald Cleaver (Drums), Mary Halvorson (Guitar), Brandon Seabrook (Guitar), Ralph Alessi (Trumpet), Taylor Ho Bynum (Cornet)
Tomas Fujiwara returns to Firehouse 12 with his band to celebrate the release of "Triple Double" (Firehouse 12 Records) on double vinyl. Beautifully designed, the records contain all of the music from the band's critically acclaimed 2017 debut as well as two bonus tracks not on the CD. Tonight's concert will include pieces from "Triple Double," as well as a number of brand new compositions, performed by this unique "mirrored" ensemble.
Tomas Fujiwara is a Brooklyn-based drummer and composer. Described as “a ubiquitous presence in the New York scene…an artist whose urbane writing is equal to his impressively nuanced drumming” (Troy Collins, Point of Departure), Tomas is an active player in some of the most exciting music of the current generation, with his bands Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up, 7 Poets Trio, and Triple Double who’s debut was on Best-of-2017 lists by NPR, The Village Voice, and All About Jazz among others; his collaborative duo with cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum; the collective trio Thumbscrew (with Mary Halvorson and Michael Formanek); and a diversity of creative work with Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Mary Halvorson, Matana Roberts, Joe Morris, Taylor Ho Bynum, Nicole Mitchell, Ben Goldberg, Tomeka Reid, Amir ElSaffar, Benoit Delbecq, and many others.
“Drummer Tomas 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. He has a way of spreading out the center of a pulse while setting up a rigorous scaffolding of restraint...A conception of the drum set as a full-canvas instrument, almost orchestral in its scope.” (New York Times)