Tomas Fujiwara’s 7 Poets Trio
“A significant long-term collaborator of Mary Halvorson and Taylor Ho Bynum, drummer-composer Tomas Fujiwara is amongst the most exciting new talents to emerge from New York’s creative music scene during the last decade.” – Jazz Journal
Tomas Fujiwara assembled his 7 Poets Trio with Patricia Brennan and Tomeka Reid for the first time during his residency at The Stone in April 2018, after having previously played with Patricia in Michael Formanek’s Ensemble Kolossus, and with Tomeka in her Quartet. As has been the case with his past ensembles (Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up, The Tomas Fujiwara Trio, Triple Double, and the Tomas Fujiwara Percussion Quartet), Fujiwara brought together two musicians who had never played together before, creating a brand new combination of musical personalities. The rapport was instantaneous and their debut was described by All About Jazz as “a meshing of chamber jazz, modern classical composition and improvisation, although most of Fujiwara’s music sounded well organized in advance. All three players rose to an individual expression, working as a composite unit to deliver solo embellishments. Roles were malleable, as the listener decided whether everyone was soloing, or no-one. All three members were devoted to establishing a sensitive group consciousness, and they succeeded eminently.” Their eponymous debut came out in 2019 on Rogue Art, with a follow-up album, Pith, released in September 2023 on Out of Your Head Records.