Makiko Hirabayashi in Backnang

Backnang may not be Berlin or Boston, but the Makiko Hirabayashi Trio nonetheless gave their best there on Stuttgart’s doorstep, in a place known for its quite knowledgeable audiences. Here, too, the trio’s distinctiveness, so often celebrated in the international press, was met with rapturous responses, aptly described by the critic: “Ensemble playing at its finest.”

“Pianist, bass and drummer conjured up magical sound paintings of an epic breadth, impressionist sound scenarios, some melancholy, some grooving, some passionate.” (Marina Heidrich, BKZ, 02.22.2016)

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