CRS Presents Paradise Laboratory: Beyond Flute Trio
5 – 6:30PM
CRS invites you to the next program of its Paradise Laboratory experimental music series, this time with music by Cheryl Pyle (flutes), Rema Hasumi (synthesizer), and Yuko Togami (drums) inside the cocoon-like White Room at CRS. Working together long distance during the pandemic, Cheryl and Rema recorded and released “Musique Libre Femmes 2022.” This will be their first time playing together live in the same room.
PARADISE LABORATORY is a playground for sonic and visual experimentation. Conceived of during the pandemic by the renowned Korean traditional multi-instrumentalist, curator, and scholar gamin, Paradise Laboratory provides musical artists with opportunities to rehearse, record, film, and perform with other musical, visual, and/or dance artists in an experimental, process-oriented, and artist-centered fashion.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Cheryl Pyle, the versatile flutist received her BA in music from the University of California at Berkeley, having received her Associates Degree from Mesa College . Her teachers included Merrill Jordan, Janet Maestre, Francis Watson, and Jayn Rosenfeld.Since moving to New York in the fall of 1980, Ms. Pyle has been heard in a variety of settings. As well as composing , Ms Pyle has performed and recorded with such fine musicians as Joe Lovano, Fred Hersch, Tom Harrell, Billy Bang, Danilo Perez, Billy Hart, Ben Monder, Duduka Fonseca, Charlie Haden, James Williams, John Abercrombie, Paul Motian, Bern Nix, Ratzo Harris, and many other great musicians.. Recording her first quartet cd her own 11th street music label, her jazz groups have been playing many clubs and concerts. The 11th street music label has released many original cds and mp3 cds. Her most recent free jazz groups in 2023 are the Beyond Flute Group and the all women Musique Libre Femmes.
Rema Hasumi is an experimental pianist, vocalist, producer and writer who is based out of Brooklyn, NY. Hasumi was born in 1983 in Fukuoka, Japan, and moved to the United States in 2002 to pursue her passion for music, which was nurtured through more than ten years of classical piano study and the listening experiences of her audiophile parent’s record collection. Hasumi has performed at venues across NY, the United States and Asia.
In 2009 she performed at the Kennedy Center as one of the four finalists of Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Pianist Competition. In 2014, upon invitation by acclaimed vocalist Jen Shyu, Hasumi presented her solo work “The Patterns of Duplicity” at a series of “Solo Rites” concerts by Ms. Shyu. The piece featured the poetry “Spring and Asura” (1925) by Kenji Miyazawa interpreted in multiple languages, exploring the possibilities of musical ideas unique and inherent to each language. Hasumi has also worked extensively as both pianist and vocalist in many other projects, including a series of collaborations with the saxophonist Darius Jones in which they performed the music of Alice Coltrane. She has also worked as the vocalist in the guitarist Todd Neufeld’s new two-drummer group. Hasumi’s new trio premiered in June 2015 in two nights of concerts in NYC. It featured compositions she wrote for piano and voice, performed alongside the great Randy Peterson and Masa Kamaguchi.
Her first record “UTAZATA” was released in May 2015 from Ruweh Records, which she runs as a co-founder. It features the highly sympathetic cast of Todd Neufeld (guitar), Thomas Morgan (bass), Billy Mintz (drums), and fiery guest musicians Ben Gerstein (trombone) and Sergio Krakowski (pandeiro). The group interprets the themes of Japanese Gagaku and ritual music. This record was made as a result of mindful searching on femininity, mythology and rituals in Japanese performing arts. In 2016, Hasumi released a trio recording “Billows of Blue” featuring Randy Peterson and Masa Kamaguchi. Her most recent album and a solo recording, called “Abiding Dawn”, reveals Hasumi’s sound world all alone, layering and unlayering voice, piano and analog synthesizers in a seamless journey of eight gorgeous tracks. The word and the wordless, the pitched and the unpitched all meet in Hasumi’s voice, while her piano honors the influences of Alice Coltrane and Masabumi Kikuchi, met squarely on her own honest terms. The use of synthesizer, a vintage Korg Delta DL-50, serves to encompass and meld the sonic meal.
Yuko Togami is a drummer and composer currently based in New York City, originally from Saitama, Japan. She was exposed to music from a very early age as she was always watching her mother teach piano and Eurhythmics. She started taking Eurhythmics classes and playing piano when she was about 5. Later on, she also started playing marimba and studied classical music until she graduated from high school. While she was in high school, she got attracted to drums and began taking drum lessons. A couple years later, she started performing as a drummer based in Tokyo. In 2013, she moved to New York City to pursue further musical studies at the City College of New York. She received a scholarship from The Kaye Scholars Program, and studied privately with Adam Cruz, Nasheet Waits, and Ben Street. She graduated with her BFA degree in jazz performance and The Pro Musica Award from City College, and has performed with many different musicians and projects including Steve Wilson, Mike Holober, Scott Reeves, Ben Paterson, Mark Wade, Jakob Dreyer, Takaaki Otomo, Nori Naraoka, Berta Moreno, Maksim Perepelica, Latvian Concert Choir, Musicsnake, Kijima Sound System. Her debut album “Dawn” was released in April 2018, and has won a Silver Medal at the 2018 Global Music Awards for Outstanding Achievement.