Kira Kira (Satoko Fujii / Spence / Tamura / Orins) Tickets

Literary and Philosophical Society, Tyne And Wear.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. We cannot issue refunds to under 18s who are not accompanied by an adult.

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Jazz North East at The Literary and Philosophical Society presents…

Kira Kira
Satoko Fujii / Alister Spence / Natsuki Tamura / Peter Orins

Friday 19th May 2023
The Literary and Philosophical Society
Newcastle upon Tyne

Doors: 7.30pm (Music Starts 8.00pm)

£10 Advance and On The Door (advance booking recommended due to limited capacity)




Satoko Fujii (Piano)
Alister Spence (Keyboards)
Natsuki Tamura (Trumpet)
Peter Orins (Drums and Percussion)

‘An absolute triumph...incredibly successful collectivism and mutual awareness of the creative process’
- Roger Mitchell (AusJazz)

‘sound stacked upon sound stretching off to a dim infinity’
- John Shand (Sydney Morning Herald)

‘Kira Kira weights layer upon layer of sound until it approaches a breaking point that never quite materializes. Instead, the music finds its way to someplace near perpetuity and how it gets there is never obvious. It’s awe-inspiring music’

- Karl Ackermann (All About Jazz)

Kira Kira is a project formed by Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura and Alister Spence in response to a commission from Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2017. Fujii, Tamura and Spence have performed together regularly in duo, trio, quartet and large ensemble settings since Fujii’s Ma-Do quartet and Spence’s trio first shared the stage at the 2008 Tokyo Jazz Festival.

The premier performance of Kira Kira at MIJF2017 featured Satoko Fujii on piano, Natsuki Tamura trumpet, Alister Spence fender rhodes electric piano, and Tony Buck drums. The performance was hailed by Roger Mitchell in AusJazz as ‘an absolute triumph,’ and ‘the highlight of this festival.’

A second performance by Kira Kira took place in in the Knuttelhouse club in Tokyo in September 2017, this time with extraordinary Japanese drummer Ittetsu Takemura. A recording of this performance was released on Fujii’s Libra label in April 2018 as a CD ‘Bright Force.’ This album has received consistently strong reviews world-wide.

Satoko Fujii

‘Unpredictable, wildly creative, and uncompromising... Fujii is an absolutely essential listen for anyone interested in the future of jazz’
- Dan McClenaghan (All About Jazz)

‘One of the most original pianists in free jazz’
- Steve Greenlee (Boston Globe)?

‘She could be the most important creative musician of our time’
- Michael Nastos (allmusic)

Critics and fans alike hail pianist and composer Satoko Fujii as one of the most original voices in jazz today. She’s ‘a virtuoso piano improviser, an original composer and a bandleader who gets the best collaborators to deliver,’ says John Fordham in The Guardian.

In concert and on more than 80 albums as a leader or co-leader, she synthesizes jazz, contemporary classical, avant-rock and Japanese folk music into an innovative music instantly recognizable as hers alone.

Over the years, Fujii has led some of the most consistently creative ensembles in modern improvised music, including the ma-do quartet, the Min-Yoh Ensemble, and an electrifying avant-rock quartet featuring drummer Tatsuya Yoshida of The Ruins.

Natsuki Tamura

‘Natsuki Tamura's trumpet has some of the stark, melancholy lyricism of Miles, the bristling rage of late 60s Freddie Hubbard and a dollop of the extended techniques of W. Leo Smith and Lester Bowie’
- Mark Keresman (

‘Unquestionably one of the most adventurous trumpet players on the scene today’
- Marc Chenard (Coda)

Japanese trumpeter and composer NATSUKI TAMURA is internationally recognized for a unique musical vocabulary that blends extended techniques with jazz lyricism.?

Alister Spence

‘Spence is one of the most original, creative pianists working today.’
- Eyal Hareuveni (Salt- Peanuts)

'Spence has that priceless gift of always leaving you wanting more’
- Stuart Nicholson (Jazzwise Magazine)

‘that sense of infinite depth conjured by Spence's mastery of electronics will not be quickly forgotten’
- John Shand (Sydney Morning Herald)

Pianist and composer Alister Spence is one of the most creative forces in jazz and improvised music in Australia. The Alister Spence Trio with Lloyd Swanton (the Necks) and Toby Hall (Mike Nock trio, Sandy Evans Trio) has enjoyed critical acclaim both nationally and internationally, being nominated twice for Best Australian Jazz Album at the ARIA Awards (2004/2007). The trio’s CD, Not Everything but Enough was voted in ‘Top 10 Jazz Albums 2017’ in Music Magazine, Japan, and received ‘Honorary Mention, Best of 2017’ in the New York City Jazz Record.

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23 Westgate Road,



Age Restrictions: All ages welcome with under 18’s accompanied by an adult.

Accessibility: The Loftus Room and Joseph Swan Room at The Lit and Phil are partly accessible.

There is a lift at the venue entrance for wheelchair users to access the building and those performance spaces, no wheelchair accessible toilets are available in the building.

Accessible toilets are available at Central Station, the 5 Quarter and Sleeperz Hotel next to the venue also have accessible toilets.

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