Makiko Hirabayashi Trio

Makiko Hirabayashi (p)
Klavs Hovman (b)
Marilyn Mazur (ds/perc/voc)

Since the release of their first album, titled ”Makiko” (Enja 2006), Makiko Hirabayashi Trio has received wide critical acclaim as a personal voice on the international jazz scene. This trio is known for their vibrant interplay and strong compositions with a great story telling quality. In 2018, their 4th album “Where the Sea Breaks” was released, receiving great reviews around the globe. Their second album “Hide And Seek” (Enja 2008) won prizes for best album and composition in the Japanese magazine, “Jazz Critique”. 
Over the last 12 years, the trio has perfprmed regulalry at major jazz festivals and venues throughout Europe and Japan, and travelled to countries as far as Egypt, Israel  and Malaysia. The music reflects Makiko’s multicultural background, where elements of jazz, classical music, Far Eastern sounds and Nordic moods are all incorporated into an original and engaging idiom of her own.

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BESPEAK

Randi Pontoppidan (voc impro/electronics)
Anders Børup (voc impro/electronics)
Soma Allpass (cello)
Makiko Hirabayashi (p)
Dalia Faitelson (gtr/Perc)

BESPEAK is a collective of 5 musicians on a musical adventure, seeking new sounds and textures on both acoustic and electronic instruments. Their music is largely improvised, and has a wide range of perspectives, from looking at the smallest details in sounds, to reaching out into endless space. Together they create intriguing soundscapes and musical stories, using instruments in unexpected ways, and through electronic effects.

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Makiko Hirabayashi/Bob Rockwell Duo

Bob Rockwell (sax)
Makiko Hirabayashi (p)

This duo collaboration originally started in 2011, at a charity concert for the Fukushima tsunami victims. The music reflects on the actual event and the years that followed, and has kept both its fragile and explosive elements. Unbound by stylistic limitations, Bob’s melodic lines and Makiko’s colourful textures interact freely. In March 2016, they released a full album with ten of Makiko’s compositions and one jazz standard.