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Two Improvisations

by Yuma Uesaka and Chatori Shimizu

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This is a snapshot of my collaboration with shō performer Chatori Shimizu. Chatori is a scholar of Japanese imperial court music (Gagaku) who I met soon after arriving in New York City. Chatori eventually left NYC, but we had always kept in touch, so when he visited NYC in March of 2019 we met up to work on an overdub for a recording project of mine. With the overdub complete and a little bit of studio time left, we decided to just improvise and see what comes out. This is the result of it. I’ve sat with these recordings without a clear outlet in mind, but as the world entered an era of uncertainty and isolation, I thought it was an appropriate time to share the music. I hope it brings a sense of stillness and peace in the midst of hardship. Thanks for listening.

Yuma Uesaka
May 10th, 2020

All proceeds will go towards The Movement for Black Lives (, an organization that supports Black-led rapid response efforts and long-term strategy, policy and infrastructure investments in the movement ecosystem.


released June 5, 2020

Yuma Uesaka - Bb Clarinet
Chatori Shimizu - Shō

Recorded on 3/12/19

Tracked by Kieran Kelly at The Buddy Project in Queens, NY
Mixing and Mastering by Eivind Opsvik at Greenwood Underground in Brooklyn, NY
Cover Art by Akiko Uesaka


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Yuma Uesaka New York, New York

Yuma Uesaka is a saxophonist, clarinetist, and improviser-composer known for his work in jazz and creative music. Since his arrival to NYC in 2014, he built a reputation for his improvisational sensibilities and his powerful sound. An advocate for music that celebrates modernity, hybridity, and rigor, Yuma works across diverse communities including jazz, creative music, and new classical music. ... more

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