COSMIC GOTHIC – compositions by Katherine Shao
Jazz, early music, and audio soundscape all converge together in this avant-garde yet accessible performance by COSMIC GOTHIC featuring compositions by keyboardist Katherine Shao, as well as standards and tunes by her colleagues.  Katherine’s compositions in jazz are catchy and unique, involving the listener in an experience of multiple meanings.  Drawing from a wide range of subjects and origins, and borrowing (as every composer does) on the work of many predecessors, the works are meant to view the past through the present.
Experience the artistry provided by COSMIC GOTHIC: Katherine Shao on keyboards, Dan Fox on trombone, Peter Tillotson on bass, Todd Brunel on bass clarinet, and Steve Langone on drums.
Cosmic Gothic lilypad May 24

KAZE ≈ MAY 25th / 7pm



“Fujii is clearly one of the most exciting musicians to come along in a while.” ― Robert Iannapollo, Cadence

“Unpredictable, wildly creative, and uncompromising…Fujii is an absolutely essential listen for anyone interested in the future of jazz.” ― Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

“100 Years…100 Alumni”  ― Profiling New England Conservatory’s Most Successful Alumni

Critics and fans alike hail pianist and composer SATOKO FUJII as one of the most original voices in jazz today. A truly global artist, she splits her time between Berlin and Japan and tours internationally leading several ensembles. Just as her career spans international borders, her music spans many genres, blending jazz, contemporary classical music, rock, and traditional Japanese music into an innovative synthesis instantly recognizable as hers alone. Her wide-ranging compositions can incorporate the simple melodies of folk song, the harmonic sophistication of jazz, the rhythmic power of rock, and the extended forms of symphonic composers. Although Fujii’s compositions are full of sudden shifts in direction and mood, the extremes are always part of a greater conceptual whole. As an improviser, Fujii is equally wide-ranging and virtuosic. In her solos, explosive free jazz energy mingles with delicate melodicism and a broad palette of timbre and textures.