Makiko Hirabayashi Trio

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

Since the release of their first album ”Makiko” (Enja 2006), this trio has received wide critical acclaim as a unique voice on the international jazz scene. Makiko Hirabayashi Trio is known for their vibrant interplay and strong compositions with a great storytelling quality. They have released 4 studio albums to date, and their second album, Hide And Seek won prizes for both best album and composition in the Japanese magazine, Jazz Critique. Over the last 15 years, the trio has performed countless concerts at major festivals and venues throughout Europe and Asia. 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.

Weavers

Fredrik Lundin (ten/sop sax)
Makiko Hirabayashi (p)
Thommy Andersson (b)
Bjørn Heebøll (d/perc)

Weavers are a new constellation on the Danish music scene with a distinct sound. They made their debut at a Palestinian jazz festival in Haifa in 2018, and the raw, spiritual energy of this place has influenced their music from the very beginning. 
All 4 musicians have a strong voice with a broad musical background. and have made their marks in such diverse areas of music as rock, jazz, world music and avant-garde.
With the collective, creative process at its core, their music speaks its own language that is imaginative, dynamic and moving.
Their selftitled debut album was released in April 2021 on Enja, receiving great reviews worldwide. 

Bespeak

Randi Potoppidan (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.

 

Makiko Hirabayashi/Bob Rockwell Duo

Bob Rockwell (ten/sop sax)
Makiko Hirabayashi (p)

This duo collaboration started in 2011, at a charity concert for the Fukushima tsunami victims. The music reflects 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.