AfuriKo @ Big Apple (Kobe, October 22)


Southeast Europe mini-tour photos (July 2023)


Kiosques en fête photos (June 2023)


UK mini-tour photos (April 2023)


AfuriKo UK mini-tour ’23 (April 23-26)

🇬🇧 After three years of absence on the English side of the Channel, AfuriKo is finally back in Britain this month! We’ll be on a mini-tour of three shows, with stops in Southampton (SMJC), Cardiff (Flute and Tankard Jazz), and Sheffield (Jazz at the Lescar). Don’t miss us if you’re in one of these areas: we look forward to sharing some new music with you, hanging out, and catching up!

podcasts & radio

“Oleleko” on Tomek’s Ear Condition 601

Click on image above to listen on Mixcloud

Tomek’s Ear Condition 601 (Love And Tensor Algebra) – 2023.02.10, complete playlist:

1. DAVID FIUCZYNSKI – Radio Is The Enemy — Black Cherry Acid Lab CD

2. DUB INC. – Même Si — Afrikya CD

3. AFURIKO – Oleleko — Tao DL

4. HIBIST TIRUNEH – Yene Astemari (የኔአስተማሪ) — ሕብስት ጥሩነህይቅርታ CD

5. HOFFMANN-HOOCK & WÖSTHEINRICH – Phased Realities — Conundrum CD

6. RADICAL DANCE – Sabre Dance — Sometimes God Smiles V/A CD

7. เคน ดาเหลา (KEN DALAAO) – ลำสัตว์อยากเป็นนาย (Lam Sat Yaak Bpen Naay) —  ลำสัตว์อยากเป็นนาย / ลำล่องรำพันธุ์ 7“

8. ROBERT JÜRJENDAL – Ja Meie Silmad Tegid Silla / And Our Eyes Made A Bridge — Rõõmu Allikas / Source Of Joy CD

9. SBB – 3rd Reanimation — Follow My Dream CD

10. PANZERBALLETT – Der Saxdiktator — Breaking Brain LP

11. TANGO TRANSIT – The Curtain — Blut CD

12. ZA! – Kuckuck Kuckuck — Discorporate Festival 2013 V/A DL

13. ทวนทอง เทพอุทัย (TUANTHONG THEP’UTHAI) – สาวเชียงใหม่ (Saao Chiang Mai) — เชียงบัวด่าสาว / สาวเชียงใหม่ 7“


ZumEck concert photos (February 2023)


AfuriKo @ ZumEck (Basel, February 9)

🇬🇧 Join AfuriKo at ZumEck in Basel (Switzerland) for an evening of African infused jazz. The venue is a market/bar/café with regular live music offerings located right by the Rhine river. With Nino Wenger (saxophones), Akiko Horii (percussion), Jim Funnell (piano, keyboards). We hope to see you there!

🇫🇷/🇨🇭 Rejoins AfuriKo à ZumEck à Bâle (Suisse) pour une soirée jazz aux accents africains. Le lieu est un marché/bar/café offrant une programmation musicale variée, le tout à deux pas du Rhin. Avec Nino Wenger (saxophones), Akiko Horii (percussions), Jim Funnell (piano, claviers). Nous espérons t’y retrouver !

🇩🇪/🇨🇭 Besuche AfuriKo im ZumEck in Basel (Schweiz) für einen Abend mit afrikanisch angehauchtem Jazz. Der Veranstaltungsort ist ein Markt/Bar/Café mit regelmäßigen Live-Musik-Angeboten direkt am Rhein. Mit Nino Wenger (Saxophone), Akiko Horii (Percussion), Jim Funnell (Piano, Keyboards). Wir hoffen, dich dort zu sehen!

announcements livestreams

Jazz au pigeonnier #3: AfuriKo presents traditional Bulgarian tunes

AfuriKo’s third livestream from Saintines (Hauts-de-France). After our recent trip to Bulgaria, we decided to revisit “Sedi Donka” (from our album Style) and “Trace of Peach” (from Tao), and perform them for you algonside a newer arrangement: “Pismo ti e doshlo” (unreleased so far). We hope you enjoy this selection of African infused Bulgarian tunes!

Streamed on October 22, 2022 at 2PM CEST

🎵 Trace of Peach (Slivenska rūchenitsa) (traditional, arr. by AfuriKo)
🎵 Sedi Donka (traditional, arr. by AfuriKo)
🎵 Pismo ti e doshlo (traditional, arr. by AfuriKo)

announcements livestreams

Farewell, New York!

The city has been good to Akiko and I. We’ve certainly lived through a lot over these past four years. And now it’s time to move on. AfuriKo is packing up and getting ready for a new adventure: we’re flying off to Reykjavik, Iceland on Monday!

To say goodbye, kick off the year, and celebrate the beginning of this new chapter, we’re playing two sets from our home in Sunnyside, Queens, today at 3PM and 8PM EST. You can watch them live and/or replay them later on YouTube. Just click on the videos below!

Streamed on January 2, 2021 at 3PM EST

Streamed on January 2, 2021 at 8PM EST

Program (both sets):
🎵 In B Town (AfuriKo) – inspired by Bamaya, a traditional Dagomba rhythm from northern Ghana
🎵 Up in the Air (AfuriKo) – inspired by Agahu, a traditional Ewe rhythm from Ketonu in Benin
🎵 Pismo ti e doshlo (traditional, arr. by AfuriKo) – folk tune from Bulgaria
🎵 Kotedjuga (AfuriKo) – inspired by Kotedjuga, a traditional Malinke rhythm from the border area between Guinea and Mali
🎵 Kassai (Ou Yoshida, Taiji Nakamura, arr. by AfuriKo) – solo section set to Kassa Soro, a traditional Malinke rhythm from Eastern Guinea