Francesca Han (piano), Takashi Sugawa (cello, contrabass)

2017 / 01 / 24 (Tue)
Live House:
Apollo - Shimokitazawa
Free Jazz, Improvised, Jazz
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hat money (for musicians 1000yen, drink order, bar charge
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APOLLO Shimokitazawa
Francesca Han (piano), Takashi Sugawa (cello, contrabass)


Francesca Han (piano)

Pianist Francesca Han’s music captures both the subtle affectivity of classical music and the uninhibited effusiveness of rock. Having studied both, she has now developed an approach to jazz that leaves a foot planted in tradition while reaching for unique expression.

After achieving rapid success in her native Korea, she was encouraged to move to New York City in 2004. There she received her master’s degree in jazz performance from Queens College under the tutelage of pianists David Berkman and Bruch Barth, trumpeter and arranger Michael Mossman, and saxophonist Antonio Hart. She also studied with Jason Moran and Ralph Alessi. During her 8 years in NY she performed with various jazz groups in many different venues (Dizzy's Club Jazz at Lincoln Center, 92nd Street Y, Kitano, Sofia, Garage, fatcat, Smalls, Cleopatra's...) as well as at international jazz festivals, like Jarasum Jazz Festival, Taichung Jazz Festival, Penang Jazz Festival.

Her performance with the quartet Jayu at Jamaica Center has won critical claim by New York Daily News for its blend of jazz and traditional Korean music.

Since her eponymous debut album “Francesca Han" (M.M. Records) in 2009, Francesca’s playing is characterized by an intimacy that transcends musical boundaries.

In 2012 she released her NewYork trio-quartet album "Illusion" and her first solo piano album "Ascetic"(Audioguy).

The duo concerts she had in Seoul with trumpeter Alex Sipiagin have been recorded and released in 2014 (Audioguy)

In 2015 Francesca released special album “Blue Suns" (ILIL record)- free jazz improvisation trio- Avant Trio, Kim Oki/sax, Kim SungBae/bass.

She also released another album “ICARUS" (Audioguy) of her new contemporary originals with Korean trio, Lee SoonYong/bass, Shin Dongjin/drums.

Since January 2015 Francesca lives in Tokyo, Japan. 


"Francesca explores the rich jazz tradition in her search for ways to stretch the language. Her debut CD, Francesca Han, is a broad sweep of expression that ties the work of the masters to her own artistry." 

- Jacob Teichroew,


“After only two recordings, Han already sounds like the finished article. Illusion is the work of a mature, intuitive and daring musician, and one undoubtedly deserving of greater recognition." - Ian Patterson, All About Jazz


“On Blue SunsThe Avant Trio strikes a fine balance between form and freedom, though even when the reins are at their loosest there's a celebratory feel about the music. An impressive collaborative effort." – Ian Patterson, All About Jazz 


“The bold definition of Han's compositions and the rhythmic and melodic twists and turns allow plenty of room for individual and collective improvisation. Hopefully this trio will continue its journey, as its intuitive, risk-taking spirit—within clear parameters—renders sparkling, exhilarating music." – Ian Patterson, All About Jazz


Takashi Sugawa (bass, cello)

Born in Gunma, Japan on February 1982. Takashi began his music carrier at age 11 with playing classical cello, then switched to bass when he was 18. Takashi was given a scholarship from Berklee College of Music. In 2003 he moved to Boston, MA to attend Berklee and studied bass under John Lockwood, graduated in 2006. Same year Takashi formed his own trio with Leo Genovese (p), and Facundo Flores (ds) and toured 14 venues in Japan. Also he toured in Austria as a member of "Bim Clatox". 

Takashi moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2007. Soon after he met Masabumi Kikuchi and discovered his music and art, and influenced by his mastery art forms. In July, Takashi performed in the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland as a member of Jake Hertzog Quartet. In 2008, he joined to Ori Dakari's first CD "Entrances" (Tzadik Records) recording session. During his time in NYC, he has had numerous sessions with many great players. 


Live House

Live House:
B1 2-9-22 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku
Address (Japanese):
東京都世田谷区北沢2-9-22 EIKO下北沢ビル地下1階
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TEL: 090-2906-8082


Directions: Come out of Shimokitazawa Station (Odakyu line) SOUTH exit (Minami-guchi) and go LEFT (NOT toward McDonald's). That street ends shortly and you'll have to go RIGHT. Then take your first LEFT again, then your next RIGHT. Apollo will be on your right, it's in the basement level.


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