Takuma and I met several years ago when I was looking for players for my trio. As synchronicity would have it, earlier on the same day of our first meeting, I was having lunch in Boston with Michael Farquharson, a professor / producer at Berklee College of Music. I mentioned I’d be going to meet a drummer after lunch. “Who’s that?” When he heard Takuma, he said “He’s the one I use for recording my studio projects!” There was no doubt left in my mind.
Shortly after my first rehearsal with Takuma, I had a dream in which the most beautiful, fluid percussion surrounded me. Not unlike my experience during rehearsal, cushioned in the most wonderful wash of sound, I felt I was in another world, the place where my music was originally created.
At some point, I knew we would work together again. I am so grateful he will be with me for Aberfan.
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Photo by Shuhei Teshima