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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

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

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 etc.

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)

Performs as

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

Yumi Ito Orchestra eleven-piece large ensemble

Yumi Ito & Szymon Mika Duo 

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Photos by Maria Jarzyna