It’s time to start the publishing season. The first album of the Listen Foundation in 2019 will hit the shelves of the store today – Illuminated Sillence by Izumi Kimura, Barry Guy and Gerry Hemingway.
Kimura was born in Yokohama, where she began her first music lessons. However, she graduated from the Toho University of Music in Tokyo with a degree in piano. Shortly afterwards, she moved to Siudo Ireland, where she has lived until now and where she is becoming more and more influential in the world of improvised music. Since then she has worked with RTECO, Crash Ensemble, Ergodos, Music 21 and with musicians such as Michael d’Arcy, Bill Dowdall, Kenneth Edge, Ben Dwyer, Cora Venus Lunny and many more from the world of classical music, and Ronan Guilfoyle, Tommy Halferty, Michael Buckley, Benoît Delbecq, Stéphane Payen and Sarah Buechi.
Until recently, she recorded two albums, a solo recital entitled A Dream Within a Dream and a duo Maelstron recorded with guitarist Tommy Halferty. Now it’s time for the album in the classical piano trio. Izumi Kimura has invited world legends of jazz and improvised music to collaborate with her. On the double bass we will hear the well-known Barry Guy and behind the drummer Gerry Hemingway – a musicion whose great career began when he became a member of Anthony Braxton’s second great quartet in the 1980s for 10 years.
The recording was made at St. Anne’s Church in Dublin on February 22, 2018, and the whole album is filled with, on the one hand, compositions of pure group improvisation, on the other hand, compositions by the leader herself, as well as by August Fernandez and three works by Barry Guy, including „Blue Horizon” and „Ancients”.
During the recording session, the trio was accompanied by Cormack Larkin, a film producer, and fragments of his work can be seen below.