Tari Ito & Swing MASA

by RubberTit

Swing MASA

Swing MASA Jazz Saxophone & Voice / Feminist/Pacifist

MASA is a saxophonist & vocalist actively performing in Japan and the U.S.
Born and raised on Osaka, she started playing saxophone at age 12 and taking private lessons at 15.
After studying performing art at Osaka University of Art, she came to New York City to study saxophone at New School University under the guidance of Reggie Workman.
After receiving BFA, she has performed at Birdland in New York City, Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, Cherry Blossom Festival at (name), the St. Peter’s Church in New York City, and Harajuku Quest Hall in Tokyo, Suginami Civic Hall, Kawachinagano Civic Hall, Tondabayashi Civic Hall, Fukuyama Civic Hall, Moriguchi Civic Hall in Osaka, and Dawn Center Hall in Osaka.
She has collaborated with a number of prominent artists, including Dennis Charles, Zane Massey, Ricky Ford, Bross Townsend, Cecil Monrro, Kuni Mikami, Satoshi Inoue, Suhir Blackeagel, Miche Braden, Ubaka Hill, Tishiko Akiyoshi, Masaji Otsuka, Yutaka Sadoyama, Kan Mikami, painter Susumu Sakaguchi, and dancer Shizuno Nasu.
She has recorded two CDs, “Akeno Hoshi o Miagete/Looking up at the morning star” and “Swing MASA Band” and appears as a guest musician for the recordings of Masaji Otsuka, Yutaka Sadoyama , Ubaka Hill, and Suhir Blackeagel.
She lives in New York City and travels extensively throughout Japan and the U.S.

E-Mail; swingmasa@aol.com


by RubberTit | 2007-02-16 03:20 | Swing MASA/profile