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©2020  by Yumi Ito

Photo 1 by Maria Jarzyna

Photo 2, 3, 4 by Jonas Alvarez

YUMI ITO

YUMI ITO - VOICE, KEYS, COMPOSITION

SZYMON MIKA - GUITAR

KUBA DWORAK - BASS

IAGO FERNANDEZ - DRUMS

The project of Swiss songwriter and Jazz musician Yumi Ito combines melodic Pop music with the improvisational aspects of Jazz. Yumi sings about her longing for the sea and writes about life on a different planet. She met her international band consisting of Polish guitarist Szymon Mika, Polish bass player Kuba Dworak and Galician drummer Iago Fernandez in Basel while attending the Focus Year program.

YUMI ITO & SZYMON MIKA DUO

YUMI ITO - VOICE, COMPOSITION

SZYMON MIKA - GUITARS

Yumi Ito | Szymon Mika Duo is a project led by one of the best voices that represent European jazz scene today. The cooperation between the Polish guitarist and Swiss vocalist is a result of spending a year together playing in the Focusyear Band with jazz legends as Dave Holland, Avishai Cohen or Steve Swallow just to name a few. Mika and Ito formed an intimate group to express all the influences going beyond genres at the same time trying to find new sounds and possibilities of guitar-voice setup. They've recorded an album which will be released soon.

YUMI ITO ORCHESTRA

YUMI ITO - VOICE, COMPOSITION

MARINA TANTANOZI - FLUTE

SAM BARNETT - ALTOSAXOPHONE

ENRIQUE OLIVER - TENORSAXOPHONE

VICTOR DARMON -VIOLIN

HUGO VAN RECHEM - VIOLA

JO FLÜELER - CELLO

ANTON MANGOLD - HARP

IZABELLA EFFENBERG - VIBRAPHONE

KUBA DWORAK - DOUBLEBASS

IAGO FERNANDEZ - DRUMS

The Yumi Ito Orchestra was created in 2017 by Ito's desire to arrange for a larger ensemble and combine the instruments of a classical orchestra with that of a jazz / pop band. The band, consisting of classical, orchestral instruments such as the harp, string trio, transverse flute, bass clarinet and the occupation of a jazz band, consisting of two saxophones, vibraphone and jazz rhythm section, allows the composer new sonic possibilities. Catchy vocal melodies are harmoniously combined with expressive lyrics and unfamiliar tones of the orchestra.

"Although her compositions and arrangements are meticulously thought out and sophisticated, the surprising, the weird and the unexpected always remain as a style-forming element "(Renato Baggattini, 3.2.2018, Tages Anzeiger von Uster)

The Album "Stardust Crystals" will be released at Schaffhauser Jazzfestival in May 2020.