The Rubin Tomchess + Akiko Sasaki
Tomchess + Akiko Sasaki
Tomchess is a NYC based Multi-instrumentalist/improviser/composer who has played and recorded with some of the heaviest players in the improvisational scene (Dewey Redman, Butch Morris, Pharoah Sanders, Drew Gress, Ronald Shannon Jackson), as well as Morrocan Sintarist Hassan Hakmoun. Having deeply studied the Near Eastern, and North African traditions he incorporated the tonal palette, rhythms, and forms of these traditional musics while never losing sight of his American roots and the importance and freedom of improvising. He has performed in Africa, Canada, Holland, and Italy. He has performed at Lincoln Center, The David Rubinstein Atrium, The Turkish Embassy, The Pakastani Embassy, the Asian Society, The Natural History Museum, The Metropolitan Museum, The Himalayan Museum of Art and The United Nations among countless other venues in NYC and the United States. He has performed on NPR and PBS. He has played on Grammy Nominated recordings. He has been awarded grants from the Turkish American Society and The Maryland Council For The Arts. He was nominated for a 2012 Independent Music Award.
Much sought after for her versatility as both a pianist and kotoist, Akiko Sasaki has anchored a prospering position as a performer and music educator in the New York City area. As a performing artist, Sasaki has appeared throughout Europe and the United States as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared in venues such as Merkin Hall, Tenri Cultural Institute, Roulette, The Stone, Chandler Center for the Arts, and as a winner if New York’s Artist International Award, she gave her solo debut at Carnegie Hall. Sasaki performs various styles of music from traditional Japanese folk music, to contemporary composers, to improvising with musicians of New York City's avant-garde scene. She can also be heard in concert with kotoist Masayo Ishigure and the New York Miyabi Koto and Shamisen Ensemble.