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Shoko Nagai Quartet with Maryanne de Prophetis, Ron Horton, Dean Johnson

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Since moving to New York in 1999 Shoko Nagai has been dubbed an "MVP" of the downtown jazz scene, performing with John Zorn, Erik Friedlander, Ikue Mori, Marc Ribot, Frank London, Matana Roberts, Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto), Satoshi Takeishi, Butch Morris, Elliot Sharp, Jeremiah Lockwood and many eclectic performers. Nagai frequently tours internationally. Her compositions for films include, L'amour Cache (2007), directed by Alessandro Capone and conducted by Butch Morris, as well as a trio of films directed by Linda Hoaglund: ANPO: Art X War (2010 Toronto, DOC NYC, Vancouver, and Hong Kong film festivals), Things Left Behind, (2012) produced by Japan's national broadcaster, NHK, and The Wound and The Gift, narrated by Vanessa Redgrave (Vancouver, DOC NYC, Tokyo FilmX 2014).**


Maryanne de Prophetis grew up in a musically diverse family, graduating from Temple University College of Music where she studied piano and harmony with Natalie Hinderas. During that time she also began jazz vocal and theory studies with bassist Al Stauffer. She later arrived in New York to continue musical studies with Warne Marsh, and more recently the great and inspiring jazz vocalist Jay Clayton.

Her trio with Frank Kimbrough and Ron Horton was formed in 2002 and has been playing in New York City venues since then. She has performed with various other ensembles at The Kitano, Cornelia Street Café, Sweet Rhythm, CBGBs, Barbes, 55 Bar, The Local 269, InGarden Concerts as part of Evolving Music/Voice, the Clemente Soto Velez Community as part of Evolving Voice, The Brecht Forum, Puppets Jazz, Jazz Nights in Princeton, 5C Cafe, Scholes Street Studio, Ibeam, and Why Not Cafe. She has regularly performed with the Mark Lamb Dance Second Saturday Salons, as featured artist, and as guest.

Over the last decade and a half Maryanne has continued to develop her compositional voice. Her recent recording Tell A Star, represents nearly 13 years of her compositional style, marked by wide imagination and emotional range. The last several years, while continuing to write, she has explored playing improvised music with many different musicians, and formed an improvising quartet, FIDO::qrtet, with pianist Shoko Nagai, drummer Satoshi Takeishi, and trumpeter Ron Horton. Satoshi was an organic addition to the original trio for this recording of Tell A Star.

The entire quartet of Tell A Star is excited to release this recording on ENNArecords. Maryanne is founder of this newly-formed label and is looking forwfard to more releases of quality music in the near future.

This Project is being supported by FanFunded, a new promotional and fund-raising off-shoot of the ArtistShare label. Tell A Star was graciously invited to participate in FanFunded by the multi-Grammy Award Winning composer, Maria Schneider.

Her debut trio CD, A Glance, was released on LoNote Records, and features original compositions. It is also available at Art of Life Records as download.

Lilacs in Winter, also mostly original material, is available at Blue Music Group

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