“Ms. Fukazawa has continually amazed me with her ability to create strikingly distinctive styles, always a leap ahead of the hottest and conservative trends. She brings an exceptional level of creativity and technical ability and always surpasses expectations. She is an inspiration and her stylistic genius is of tremendous value ” -Frank Wess-
Haruna Fukazawa is a New York-based flutist from Tokyo, Japan. She has been an active member of the New York and Japan musical scene as a performer, composer, and recording artist. Her playing style is straightforward, sweet, and powerful, which was inspired most by her teacher and the Jazz legend, Frank Wess.
Haruna began playing the piano at the age of 4. At the age of 12, she began playing the flute. After graduating from Mushashino Academia Musicae as a classical player, she attended a Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson's show. She not only discovered jazz but also decided to focus her career on it. In September 2009, she went to New York and took private lessons from the jazz legend Frank Wess. She has been taking lesson from him every time she returns to United States. Mr. Wess became one of her main influences. Haruna made her debut in2004 in a flute-duo recital playing classical music. On the following year she joined Tuk Tuk Skip, an Irish-pop band. In 2006 she joined two musical projects as a permanent member, Cichla Temensis; A Progressive-Rock band, and Bellfast; A Folk Metal band. In 2009 she was part of "4°C": a female jazz band who made an appearance in CS Channel Terebi Asahi, on the show Genryu Jazz. In 2010, she was the guest performer at a live show with two famous jazz musicians: the bassist Kiyoto Fujiwara and the pianist Peter Madsen.
She played as a member of Cichla Temensis at Trieste summer Rock Festival, Trieste, Italy in 2010. It was the first time for a japanese band to perform at this festival. They shared the line up of the festival with great names such as Focus and former Genesis's guitarist Steve Hackett.
In 2006, Haruna recorded music for a big scale Automaton clock designed by Hayao Miyazaki which was installed in Nihon Terebi TV Station, telling the time to this day. In 2008, Cichla Temensis released their first CD Another Triangle. In 2009, they released their second CD ''Affine Space''. In the same year, she went into a studio to lay down flute parts for the song "Bonita": a tune recorded by the famous J-Pop band Dragon Ash in their album ''Freedom''. In March 2010 she released her First Album as a band leader: ''Spring Up'', released by Urban Jazz-Ichigo Ichie. During October 2010 heavy metal band Bellfast released their first CD, ''Insula Sacra'' on King Records Label.
In her career, Haruna has obtained awards as a member of the Irish band Tukutukuskip: In 2006 they attained a Grand Prix award in the 5th Kichiyooji Music Festival. It was the first time for an instrumental band to earn such recognition. In 2007 they also passed an audition from Heaven Artist music Department; becoming a City of Tokyo-Recognized Act for the Promotion of Music.
Since her arrival to the United States, her career continues with a group as six time winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra, Patrick Brennan's transparency kestra, Jihye Lee Orchestra and more. She has performed around New York city's venues, including Blue Note, Carnegie Hall, The Stone, The 55 Bar, The Bitter End, Shapeshifter Lab, The Rubin Museum of Art and more.
She had a tour with Michele Fiorindo group in Italy 2015, also with Jazz Triangle65-77 in Japan 2016 and 2017.
Her jazz quintet including saxophonist Steve Wilson performed at Whynot Jazz Club, Shapeshifter Lab and Club Bonafide. She is also co-lead chamber jazz trio Jazz Triangle 65-77. In 2017, 1st CD ''Jazz Triangle'' was released from What's New Records.
In 2018, she has recorded for new album with Steve Wilson, David DeMotta, Bill Moring and Steve Johns at The Bunker Studio. CD will be released in 2019.
Arthur Sadowsky and The Troubadours at The 55 Bar
Jazz triangle 65-77 at Blue Note
Rafael Piccolotto de Lima Chamber Project at El Taller