Press Quotes


     Billows Of Blue (2017)


  • "Setting the sound apart are the vocals, Hasumi's wordless improvisations that enhance the surreal quality of the music: in essence, a third instrument in the mix, and a beautiful one at that. She opens the title tune with a ghostly vocal, a song of a benevolent spirit floating in the mists of the sparsest of accompaniment." - Dan Macclenaghan All About Jazz


  • "Billows of Blue references cosmic, free jazz, showing the seminal influence of such poetic composers-improvisers as Alice Coltrane and Annette Peacock and the work of fellow Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi. The new album stresses even more the intimate, fragile atmosphere of the debut album, coloring it now with cosmic-mystical motifs." - Eyal Hareuveni  Salt-Peanuts



     Utazata (2015)


  • "The cumulative effect of this sonic tapestry is both dreamy and slightly nightmarish... An estimable debut and is recommended to free-leaning cultural gate-crashers, especially those interested in traditional Japanese strains."   -Mark Keresman for NYC Jazz Record


  • "Beyond the piano chords setting the scene, Hasumi's voice evokes an overtly dramatic quality: In many ways, her vocal performance is the highlight of the album, with its piercing sense of reality... A remarkably mature musical statement."   - Todd McComb's Jazz Blog



  • Named Top Ten albums of 2015 by Kissa Sakaiki


  • "Utazata is a lyrical album with twists and turns. Abstract rubato ballads that convey music in the making. This does not mean that the music feels unfinished, but rather that Hasumi is able to capture those elusive moments when silence becomes music and music becomes silence."  4 1/2 stars. - Jakob Baekgaard for AllAboutJazz


  •  "The perfect example on how to refer to traditional Gagaku music, bringing it in a completely new space, which consists of : subtle voice of the leader and its unconventional approach to the piano and improvisation." -Lukasz Komla for Nowamuzyka


  • "This is music that is all about peace and quiet. It is music that goes straight to the soul and remains there through all seven songs, and for some time afterwards. Rema's gentle piano and fine vocals make this a brilliant record" -Jan Granlie for Salt Peanuts


  • "Qu'on ne s'y trompe pas : Rema Hasumi conduit un premier disque de main de maître. Un disque troublant dont on ne se lasse pas et qui annonce de beaux lendemains." - Franpi Barriaux for Sun Ship


  • "Utazata is an intimate, delicate, austere and very personal work. In it, Rema Hasumi without grand gestures nor pompous declamations - expresses enormous respect for her history, her culture and its roots." -Sergio Piccirilli for El Intruso



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