Latin Jazz & More
Rie Akagi - Café Nostalgia
Rie Akagi refined her magnificent technique by studying classical music at the Tokyo University of the Arts. His current repertoire covers jazz, soul, salsa, as well as healing, from the new era, and contemporary music. She is known as the only female flutist in Japan to perform outside of classical music.
Salsa musicians such as Tito Puente, Larry Harlow, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Willie Colón ... have performed with Rie Akagi and were amazed by their rich musicality.
She has been enthusiastically welcomed at world famous music fairs like the Concord Jazz Festival in San Francisco and the Jazz Plaza in Cuba.
Activated by his visit to Puerto Rico in 2000 as a cultural ambassador for the Government of Japan, his music has become popular in the Caribbean countries.
Akagi Café Nostalgia's album is an excellent collection of songs that showcases his exceptional flute playing, and his ability to compose songs.
Akagi composes four of the eight songs on this album (the title cut "Café Nostalgia", "No Hay Amor", "Este La Lluvia" and "La Poema").
Other notable songs on the album are "La Brisa Del Sur" (by Carlito Infante) and "Rumba de Armando" (Chick Corea). Akagi is joined by a stellar group of musicians on this album, including Michelle Diaz (piano), Eddy "Guagua" Rivera (bass), Rubén Jiménez (drums), Heriberto Rey (guitar), and Domingo Aragu (keyboards).