A cultural ambassador of Japan Foundation and a winner of the 2009 National Flute Association Jazz Flute Masterclass, YUKARI has been recognized for her innovation and hybridization of various musical genres with contemporary Jazz.
She has performed with Anthony Braxton Trillium J, Karl Berger, Billy Mintz, Robert Dick, Gerald Cleaver, Graham Hanes, John Hebert, Steve Cardinas, Marc Copland and Ben Street etc..and has toured in the US, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean and at top-notch venues that have included as Carnegie Hall, Blue Note, Tribeca Film Festival,MOMA, Tokyo Jazz Festival related event and Yamano Flute world.
Her debut album ”Dreams” released in 2010 from Inner Circle Music was recorded with Ben Monder, Thomas Morgan, Greg Osby and Greg Hutchinson and received glowing reviews from Jazz Times, Jazz life and Jazzwise.
Her composition credits for the documentary film by French director Patrick Morell, “Apo’s Dream” a Japanese animated film by Kodansha and a theatre work including “There is No Place Like No Place” which premiered at the Sthlhouderij Theater in Amsterdam, Netherlands. YUKARI is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and Pearl Flutes artist.
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