A Whirlwind Called Hiromi

Hiromi by Gronwall

Back from Sweden jet-lagged but unbowed after 10 time zones and 16 hours in the air, the Rifftides staff is alternating work and naps, some voluntary. (Pictured: above the Baltic Sea.) Over the next couple of days, I’ll give you brief impressions of performances in the final days of the Ystad Jazz Festival. An economy-size pianist with massive technique, Hiromi Uehara performs using only her given name, a la Eldar or Madonna. With skill that evidently knows no limitations of speed or … [Read more...]