A puzzling encounter between Argentina and Japan on the frontier of Jazz
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The fiery and intense character of Argentine music, mixed with the refinement of Japanese musical tradition provide the raw materials for this exceptional quartet, created from the meeting of two major symbols of Japanese jazz and two inventive Argentine musicians from the European scene.
The mind-blowing virtuosity of the violinist Aska Kaneko – a true star in her native Japan – is well served by Gerardo Di Giusto’s sophisticated and colorful compositions. Creating rhythms, in all their subtle distinctions, which respond to this ensemble in perfect harmony, weaving in the surprising conversation between bass player Carlos Buschini and percussionist Yahiro Tomohiro.
These four musicians are taking the art of improvisation to a whole new level, away from predictable formulas. As a matter of fact, they are shaping a new style of music. Nevertheless, its natural elegance makes it still sound surprinsingly familiar to us.
Italian world renowned star trumpeteer Paolo Fresu was so enthusiastic about the project that he spontaneously decided to join the band for recordings and as their special guest at live concerts.
“A truly contemporary band … coherent, courageous, innovative” (Paolo Fresu)
Gerardo di Giusto – piano
Aska Kaneko – violin
Carlos “el tero” Buschini – bass, double bass
Tomohiro Yahiro – drums
2020 Lucrecia feat. Paolo Fresu (Abeat Records)
2015 Kaze feat. Paolo Fresu, Solis String Quartet (Abeat Records)
2010 Haruka feat. Paulo Fresu (Abeat Records)
2008 Udin (Abeat Records)
2007 Gaia Cuatro (Cristal Records)
“A quartet that seems from another planet.”
ORF Ö1 Spielräume, AT
“You cannot help but love this quartet – for their rebellious spirit of just as well as for their creative verve.”
Roma in Jazz, IT
“Music of an incredible visual power, complex and intense and at the same time catchy – pure joie de vivre!”
“The concert of Gaia Cuatro was a positive surprise in building a wonderful bridge between two cultures that have nothing in common”.
IFG Online, Milan, IT
„The Argentine Japanese ensemble with their totally new hybrid sound certainly was the most original contribution in this season of Charleville Action Jazz“.
L’Ardennais 2007, IT