Takuma and I met several years ago when I was looking for players for my trio. As synchronicity would have it, 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?” I answered “Takuma”. Smiling, 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. Aberfan will be that opportunity.
Laura Siersema is composer of Aberfan (7 pianos, voice and tools of rescue), a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible. Your contribution ensures we can return to the studio to complete its recording.
Photo by Shuhei Teshima