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Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up

Tomas Fujiwara was born and raised in Boston. At the age of seven, he fell in love with music while listening to the classic drum battle record, Rich versus Roach. He has worked as a leader of and composer for various ensembles, as a sideman, as a composer for theatre, film, and dance, and as a teacher and clinician. Current projects, in addition to The Hook Up, include a working duo with Taylor Ho Bynum, whose recent release Stepwise was a followup to their 2007 482 Music release, and The Thirteenth Assembly, with Halvorson, Ho Bynum and Jessica Pavone. His credits as a sideman include work with Matana Roberts, Ideal Bread, Amir El Saffar, Red Barat, Matt Bauder, and Positive Catstrophe. With "a quiet energy that propels" (All About Jazz) and a style that is "both volatile and watchful", Tomas Fujiwara's "alert drumming has propelled some excellent ensembles on the new-music landscape" (New York Times).

After All Is Said
After All Is Said (2015)
The long-awaited third release from the Hook Up
"so much diversity and depth..." - NYC Jazz Record
" of the most accessible, challenging and inventive recordings of recent vintage." - All About Jazz
"...among the more prominent representatives of new directions in jazz." - AAJ
The Air is Different
The Air is Different (2012)
Second release by this highly-acclaimed quintet
"...utterly enchanting.." - The Village Voice
"adventurous new music making use of the powerful talents of its players and composition versed in form.." - New York City Jazz Record
Actionspeak (2010)
with Mary Halvorson, Brian Settles, Danton Boller and Jonathan Finlayson
An "accomplished debut" - The New York Times
"...a band to keep an ear on." - All About Jazz NY

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"Fujiwara’s writing marries postbop elegance to propulsive groove and subtle abstraction."TimeOut New York

New York City Jazz Record review

Jazz Gallery, 12/12/2011 by Peter Gannushkin

Something Else

All About Jazz review

The Jazz Session #374

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