October 18th, 2021 9:30pm Stage 3
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The cross-genre instrumental group, HOKAGO Trio, features Japanese natives, Keita Ogawa, Martha Kato, and Moto Fukushima. Each having developed careers as individuals in New York City’s jazz scene for over a decade, the group came together in 2021. Fukushima, a six-string bassist and composer, has redefined the role of the bass. He performs regularly with his co-lead band, House of Waters, as well as jazz icons, Mike Stern and Donny McCaslin. Ogawa is a Grammy-winning member of Snarky Puppy, and one of New York’s most versatile and sought-after percussionists and drummers. He has a passion for crossing musical borders and uniting the sounds of various cultures. Kato, a pianist and composer, has been involved in cutting-edge projects including Remy Le Boeuf’s Grammy-nominated album Assembly of Shadows, as well as her own group, in which she is known for using her voice as an instrument. HOKAGO Trio brings together the unique musical personalities of three prominent voices into a beautiful blend that defies genre.