Kazutoki Umezu (Alto sax ,Soprano sax ,Clarinet ,Bass Clarinet)
Umezu is one of the most important reed players in the world.
He is not only a well-known jazz master, but also a great improvisor to collaborate with.
Born 1949 in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture.
He played in New York City, from 1974 to 1975 with many valuable musicians.
After he returned to Japan he formed Jazz orchestra ” Seikatsu Kojo Iinkai “and “Doctor Umezu Band “.
He recently formed 2 different band.
One is the unique jazz-rock band “Kazutoki Umezu KIKI BAND” and another is the acoustic band that was based Klezmer ” Komatcha Klezmer”.
Other hand he plays with many different tips of music with so many different musicians or dancers. Improvisation, Rock, Jazz,Folk etc.
And he compose the music for film too.
Recording works of solo projects and projects led by Umezu total 40.
For the 2019 edition of the Festival, Umezu will be playing together with Makoto Yoshimori.