band bio

AfuriKo is a Paris-born, New York-based African infused jazz duo, and the musical child of percussionist Akiko Horii and pianist/keyboardist Jim Funnell. Together, they have released two albums since 2014, both of which were chosen to receive full funding by SACEM, the French Society of Authors, Composers, and Music Publishers. They have toured extensively in Japan, the UK, France, Germany, Holland, Nepal, the United States, and collaborated with artists such as Bill Sims, Jr., Eddie Parker, Bruno Wilhelm, Hiroshi Fukutomi, and Chris Hayward.

Their music manifests within the boundaries of an imaginary triangle, with vertices representing (1) the joy and freedom of jazz improvisation, (2) spellbinding down-to-earth grooves drawn from ancestral West African traditions, and (3) the ethereal harmonies that have emerged from centuries of Western classical music.

Jim’s harmonies are like a myriad of vivid colours wrapped around the earthy grooves that resonate out of Akiko’s full percussion orchestra. The way she literally dances behind her drums, like fireworks orbiting around the music, translates into the visual realm the intricacy and depth of Jim’s musical ideas, while his magical left hand independence enables a deep bass sound to support the whole architecture.

To see the duo perform in a live setting is a truly multi dimensional experience that enables AfuriKo’s unique voice to wholeheartedly blossom.

AfuriKo @ Jazzmandu (Kathmandu, NP)
AfuriKo @ Jazzmandu (Kathmandu, NP)
2016-10
photo © Eric C. Shrestha

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Awards


Industry Awards:

  • Full funding (“aide à l’autoproduction“) from French performing rights organization SACEM for the production of AfuriKo’s second album Style (2016)
  • Full funding (“aide à l’autoproduction“) from French performing rights organization SACEM for the production of AfuriKo’s debut album On the Far Side (2014)