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Yumi Ito (1990) verpackt in ihrer Musik Gesellschafts-Geschichten, welche Welten gelten, egal, ob klein oder gross, hell oder düster. Dementsprechend divers klingt denn auch der Sound: ein Amalgam aus allerlei Stilen. Wirkt vertrackt, ist es aber nicht. Die japanisch-polnisch-stämmige Musikerin, Komponistin, Produzentin und Arrangeurin findet auf Basis hunderter Stunden Übung stets eine klare Linie mit Stil. Wie eine Zen-Meisterin, welche aus der Ferne das Geschehen betrachtet, einordnet und niederschreibt; klar, konzentriert und klug. Yumi Ito lebt und arbeitet in Basel, performt regelmässig auf der ganzen Welt und hat die Bühne mit Künstler*innen wie Al Jarreau, Becca Stevens, Kurt Rosenwinkel und Mark Turner geteilt. Ihre eigene Kunst beinhaltet Jazz, Art-Pop, Electronica, Freie Improvisation und Neoklassik, flexibel aufführbar vom Solo bis zum Orchester, und erzählt – natürlich – stets Geschichten.
Ihr neues Album "Stardust Crystals" ist ab dem 20. November 2020 auf allen relevanten Plattformen zu erleben.

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The destruction of Earth, the only true kingdom we humans have; the committal of a friend to a psychiatric hospital; the heroin-death of her unknown neighbour: Yumi Ito weaves into her music stories about society - stories that matter, regardless of how large or small, how bright or dark they are. The sound is equally diverse and presents itself as an amalgam of several styles. What might seem tricky, really isn’t: the musician, composer, producer and arranger with Japanese and Polish roots expertly navigates a clear stylistic path, based on hundreds of hours of practice. Like a Zen master she observes, classifies and writes down events from a distance – precise, concentrated and wise. Yumi Ito lives and works in Basel, performs regularly all around the world and has shared the stage with artists such as Al Jarreau, Becca Stevens, Nils Petter Molvaer and Mark Turner. Her own art includes jazz, art-pop, electronica, free improvisation and neo-classical music, flexibly performable from solo to orchestra, while - of course - always telling a story.

Her new album "Stardust Crystals" will be released on the 20.11.2020. 

"Ito presents an entire spectrum of vocal abilities, which includes recitation, singing lyrics, improvising using vocalese, etc. All tastefully and masterly executed with great respect to the entire framework of her compositions and the vocal tradition, which is truly cross-genre, but always perfectly aesthetically rounded."

- Adam Baruch, Polish Jazz

Performs as

Yumi Ito with Kuba Dworak (b) & Iago Fernandez (dr)

Yumi Ito Orchestra eleven-piece large ensemble

Yumi Ito & Szymon Mika Duo 

Performed at

Montreux Jazzfestival, Schaffhauser Jazzfestival, Jazz Juniors Krakow, Summer Jazz Festival Krakow, Bluenote Sao Paulo, Moods Zürich, Cully Jazz Festival, Jazzfestival Offbeat Basel, Akademia Letnia Jazzu Lodz, Nigran Jazz Festival etc.

Teaching

2021 Main lecturer Jazz vocals at the University of Arts Zürich (ZHdK)

2020-2021 Teacher Bachelor & Master program Hochschule Luzern

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Discography as a Leader
2021 "Ekual" w Szymon Mika
2020 "Stardust Crystals" w Yumi Ito Orchestra
2018 "Ypsilon" w Yves Theiler
2016 "Intertwined" w Yves Theiler, Gabriel Dalvit, Yuri Goloubev

Prizes/Grants
Composer Residency "Uncool" Poschiavo (CH)
Focus Year Basel 1-year stipend (CH)
RFV 1. Prize support for album "Stardust Crystals" (CH)
Montreux Jazz Competition (CH)
ZKB Jazzpreis Moods Semifinal (CH)
Winning Band Generations Festival (CH)
Composers Residency Art attack Iceland (IS)

Education
2017-2018 Focus Year Stipend www.focusyearbasel.com
2015-2017 Master of Arts Jazz Voice, Jazzcampus Basel
2012-2015 Bachelor of Arts Jazz Voice, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
Teachers & coaches: Mark Turner, Theo Bleckmann, Gretchen Parlato, Lisette Spinnler, Guillermo Klein, Dave Holland, Steve Swallow, Bobby McFerrin, Jorge Rossy, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jeff Ballard