A cultural ambassador of Japan Foundation and a winner of the 2009 National Flute Association Jazz Flute Masterclass in USA, YUKARI has been recognized for her innovation and hybridization of various musical genres with contemporary Jazz.
She has performed with Anthony Braxton Trillium J, Karl Berger, Billy Mintz, Robert Dick, Gerald Cleaver, Graham Hanes, John Hebert, Steve Cardinas, Marc Copland and Ben Street etc., and has toured worldwide including the top-notch venues such as Carnegie Hall, Blue Note, Tribeca Film Festival, MOMA, Tokyo Jazz Festival related events, Numazu Jazz festival, Takatsuki street Jazz festival and Yamano Flute world.
Her debut album ”Dreams” released in 2010 from Inner Circle Music was recorded with Ben Monder, Thomas Morgan, Greg Osby and Greg Hutchinson and received glowing reviews from Jazz Times, Jazz life and Jazzwise.
Her composition credits for the documentary film ”High train to Tibet” by French director Patrick Morell, “Apo’s Dream” a Japanese animated film by Kodansha and theatre works including “There is No Place Like No Place” which premiered at the Sthlhouderij Theater in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
YUKARI is a Pearl Flute artist, gives master class and workshop about improvisation around the world. She is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music.
Main collaborated artists (alphabetical order)
Anthony Braxton (saxophonist, composer), Ben Monder (guitarist), Ben Street (bassist), Billy Mintz (drummer), Bobbi Humphrey (flutist), Brad Shepick (guitarist), Chris Dingman (vibraphonist), Clarence Penn (drummer), Daniel Carter (saxophonist), Eivind Opsvik (bassist), Ernesto Simpson (drummer), Fabian Almazan (pianist), Gerald Cleaver (drummer), Graham Hanes (Cornet), Greg Hutchinson (drummer), Greg Osby (saxophonist), Jason Linder (pianist), John Hebert (bassist), Jon Irabagon (saxophonist), Karl Berger (pianist), Kris Davis (pianist), Marc Copland (pianist), Mark Cash (guitarist), Mark Wiener (painter), Meg Okura (violinist), Masabumi Kikuchi (pianist), Michael Attias (saxophonist, composer), Miya Masaoka (koto player), Nasheet Waits (drummer), Pascal Niggenkemper (bassist), Ronnie Plaxico (bassist), Sam Newsam (saxophonist), Satoshi Takeishi (drummer), Sean Conly (bassist), Shoko Nagai (pianist), Steve Cardinas (guitarist), Robert Dick (flutist), Thomas Morgan (bassist), Tyshawn Sorey (drummer).