Press/Review

Jerome Fund for New Music funded by the Jerome Foundation

I am very honored to be one of the recipients for Jerome Fund for New Music funded by the Jerome Foundation with such excellent composers! Congratulations to my fellow recipients Aleksandr Brusentsev, Stephanie Chou, Lamar M Lamar, Brian Mark, JP Merz, Brian Petuch, Joe Phillips, Leaha Maria Villarreal, and Samuel Wells! Thank you so much, […]

The Best Jazz Albums of 2013 on Lucid Culture

Happy New Year! Thank you so much for your great support last year. I wish you all a peaceful, healthy, and happy year! My album “Bloom” was selected as one of the Best Jazz Albums of 2013 on Lucid Culture. Thank you so much!

2013 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

I’m thrilled to be on the list of 2013 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll as one of the debut albums! Thank you so much for your love and support!

Best Releases of 2013 (All About Jazz)

I’m honored to be included in Dan Bilawsky’s Best Releases of 2013! I appreciate that my music reached someone who listens so thoughtfully and expresses himself so genuinely. Thank you so much, Dan!  

Interview in Jazz Critique Magazine September 2013 issue (Japan)

My interview by Masafumi Ota in Jazz Critique Magazine September 2013 issue in Japan.

DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star Arranger

I’m honored to be mentioned in the 61st DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star Arranger! As always thank you so much for your support!

DOWNBEAT

“… sumptuous positivity and organic flow… ★★★★” —Michael Jackson (DOWNBEAT)

Jazz Times Community Article (Review of Bloom)

“Kakitani’s distinctive compositions and richly textured and illuminating arrangements have various inspirations, including the natural world, a Matisse painting, Japanese folk songs, and a favorite Hemingway novel. ” —Scott Albin

Jazz Weekly (Review of Bloom)

“Wondrous mix of sounds, rhythms, solo instruments and voices. ” — George W. Harris

JAZZ TOKYO (Review of Bloom) JAPAN

”実際に全曲を繰り返し聴くことで、ここでの高度なオーケストレーションとアンサンブルの磁力に次第に引きつけられる、そんな快感を私は久し振りに体験した。いったん咲き乱れるお花畑に足を踏み入れると、垣谷明日香の創りだすオーケストレーションの多彩さ、テクスチュアの豊かさ、「ひらいた、ひらいた」や「とんぼのめがね」を新たに甦らせたアイディアの斬新さとペンの冴えが、鮮やかな色彩と自然の移り変わりを活写するような響きをたたえて目や耳に飛び込んでくる。その結果、全感覚を総動員して聴く喜びを体験する至福が待っている。” —  悠 雅彦 (JAZZTOKYO)  

All About Jazz (Review of Bloom)

“…it’s clear that Kakitami knows her way around a big band and can bring out the best in an ensemble. That she does so on Bloom is a tribute to her unfolding expertise and vision.” —JACK BOWERS