performance highlights

  • Summer Streets 2019: an annual celebration of New York City’s streets, presented by the New York City Department of Transportation. On three consecutive Saturdays in August, nearly seven miles of NYC’s streets are opened for people to play, run, walk and bike. AfuriKo’s concert took place at the Uptown Performance Stage, among other musical, theatrical and dance performances.
  • Beats in Bliss Plaza presented by Sunnyside Shines (2019, 2018): Beats in Bliss Plaza aims to provide arts access by extending the plaza programming with local musical, dance, and literary performances. The project is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council.
  • Tao CD release shows (2019) at Rockwood Music Hall, a popular venue on the Lower East Side of Manhattan that features three stages and a record label of the same name, and ShapeShifter Lab, a performance venue in Brooklyn — run by Matthew Garrison (son of Jimmy Garrison, bassist with Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane) — with nightly shows plus art exhibits.
  • Debut concert in South Korea at Jazz Alley, one of the prime spots for creative jazz in Seoul (2019).
  • Concert at the Green Note in Camden as part of the London Jazz Festival (2018).
  • “Celebration of Life Summer Tour” with performances in NY, France, and the Netherlands (2018), including a showcase at the Studio de l’Ermitage (dynamic jazz/world music Parisian venue boasting five concerts per week year-round) for the 10-year anniversary of Paris-based public relations agency Veevcom.
  • Japan Tour 2017: performances in Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, and in the prefectures of Chiba and Saitama, in duo and featuring some of Japan’s finest jazz musicians of the new generation as guest artists (Takashi Sugawa, Ryo Noritake, Hiroshi Fukutomi).
  • European tour with performances throughout Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands, including a show at Cardiff University Concert Hall (as part of the institution’s Concert Series) with English jazz flautist and multi-instrumentalist Eddie Parker (2017).
  • Jazzmandu (2016, also known as Kathmandu Jazz Festival): the “Biggest Jazz Party in the Himalayas” brings artists from the four corners of the world to Nepal. Concerts at various locations including the Alliance Française de Katmandou, Jazz Upstairs, Summit Hotel, Kantipur Temple House…
  • Style CD release tour (2016): performances throughout France, the United Kingdom, and Japan including venues such as Les Disquaires (Paris), Southampton Modern Jazz Club, PARRJAZZ (Liverpool), Vortex Jazz Club (London), University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield), Valentine Drive (Nagoya), Heaven Aoyama (Tokyo)…
  • World Music Festival (2016): a journey through richly brocaded and culturally mixed universes organized by the Conservatoire and the town of Chilly-Mazarin (France).
  • Le Cap/Villes des Musiques du Monde (2016): concert in Aulnay-sous-Bois (France) with saxophonist Bruno Wilhelm and Grammy Nominee Bill Sims, Jr., as opening act for leading acoustic blues singer and songwriter Eric Bibb and French harmonica player Jean-Jacques Milteau.
  • Congahead video recordings (2016, 2015): founder of famous brand Latin Percussion and photographer Martin Cohen features leading players in Latin, Jazz, Salsa, African and World Music on his popular YouTube channel.
  • Kanazawa Jazz Street (2016, 2014, 2013): festival that gathers world class professional and student musicians from around Japan and abroad. Notable performances at the Ana Crowne Plaza and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Festival “Sons Mêlés” (2015): classical music, lyrical song and world jazz in unusual locations that are features of French new town Sénart’s heritage.
  • L’UMJ Jazze les Voûtes and “portes ouvertes aux Frigos” (2015, 2014, 2013): concerts organized by the French jazz musicians’ union (Union des Musiciens de Jazz) and held within Les Frigos, a Parisian site and association for artistic production and creation. 200 artists work on the site daily.
  • Jazz sur Seine (2014): festival held in the many jazz clubs of Paris and the Parisian Region. Concert at renowned venue Sunset-Sunside.
  • On the Far Side CD release tour (2014): performances throughout the United Kingdom, France, and Japan including venues such as Jazz at Dempsey’s (Cardiff), Jazz at the Lescar (Sheffield), L’Entrepôt (Paris), Improphile (Chartres), Nardis (Kashiwa), le club Jazz (Kyoto)…
  • JazzCanDance (2014, 2013): “summer sound sessions” festival in Eholfing (Germany).
  • Café Museum (2013): jazz club in Passau (Germany).
  • Asahi Shimbun Osaka Head Office – ASA-COM Hall (2012), as part of their long-running monthly concert series, which was launched on the Japanese national newspaper’s 110th anniversary in 1989.