藤原清登 – Kiyoto Fujiwara

Kiyoto Fujiwara

Kiyoto Fujiwara
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Born in Takamatsu of Kagawa prefecture in 1953. Having both parents as musicians, if was naturel for him to start playing bass at. the age of sixteen. He studied under professor Seiichi Imamura at the Tokyo University of Music and Fine Art, after which he left for the US to enter Berklee College of Music in 1974, also he studied at the Juiliard School under the former principal bass player to The New York Philharmonic, John A. Schaeffer. After graduation, his career started with the Horace Silver Quintet in 1975, he has shown his talents in various well-known bands. He is a man of exceptional talent who can unite his burring heart for jazz with the surpassing skills of classical music.

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• Career in Music

1974 Leaves for the U.S. to enroll in the Berklee College of Music (Boston).
Performs with Geoge Russell, Ran Blake.
1975 Joins the Horace Silver Quintet.
Settles in New York, where he begins his professional musical career.
Does his first recording as a member of the Joe Lee Wilson Quintet.
1976 Plays with the Clifford Jordan Quartet.
Works with numerous progressive artists, making his debut in a wide range musical genres, from traditional Japanese music to classical music as well as modern jazz.
Perfoms and tours with such artists as Jackie Mclean, Woody Shaw, Jaki Byard, Sunny Murray, Roy Haynes, Eddie Jefferrson, Eddie Gomez, Rashid Ali, Sam Rivers.perfoms at major New York jazz clubs such as Villege Gate , Sweet Basil and Blue Note.
1979 Participates in an , FM.Tokyo recording of Terumasa Hino Japanese All Stars at villege Gate.
1980 Enrolls in The Juilliard School continues his studios under John Schaeffer, former Principal contrabass player for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
1983 Receives graduate diploma from The Juilliard School.
Selected as a nember of The Juilliard Orchestra to tour Europe.
1984 Receives post graduate diploma from The Juilliard School.
Forms his own group”Manhattan Graffiti Four (MG4)” with Kenny Garrett, Peter Madison and Shunsuke Fuke. Performs at the Fort Worth Festival(Texas).
1985 MG4 performs at the Brooklyn Museum Cherry Blossom Festival and the Jazz center of New York. Performs at the Jazz Mobile At Lincoln Center (Avey Fisher Hall).
1986 Plays with the Archie Shepp Sextet.
Performs at the Greenwich Jazz Festival (New York).
1987 MG4 travels to Milan, Italy for their first European concert.
Does recordings as a member of Fumio karasima Trio;tours Japan for the first time with them.
1988 Releases his debut album Manhattan Graffiti Four.
MG4 tours Japan four the first time , live performance at Pit Inn is broadcast on nationwide FM stations.
1989 Releases his sophomore album Manhattan Tango (Alfa Jazz).
1990 MG4′s second Japan tour , a10-venue tour including the Osaka Galaxy Hall.
A special, moving concert for primary school students.
Establishes the “Graffiti Workshop , “an organization for New York musicians;begins holding regular recitals of accomplished works.
1991 Goes to Milano to pursue such studies as song and opera.
Experiments with full-scale stage music containing elements of classical , rock, jazz and other musical styles.
1992 Releases third album 60 Miles High (TDK).
Includes pieces for large ensembles.
1993 MG4 Special+performs, on its third Japan tour, with the addition of classical vocalists, oboists and flutists.9 venues include the Parthenon Tama.
Performs at the Caribbean Culture Center.
1994 Releases fourth album Live At Sweet Basil NY(TDK).
Fourth Japan tour, perfoming at 7 venues.
performances are broadcast on NHK-FM througout Japan.
1995 Records “Bass” (Jugemu) as contrabassist, an unaccompanied solo recording.
1996 Releases “Modern Bass”(King Record), exploring the limits of bass.
1997 Releases “Concierto de Aranjuez”(King Recod). Performs at the Inntone Festival(Austria).