This was the third set at Wang that featured the pairing of Sumire Kuribayashi and Niran Dasika, this time showcasing Sumire's music from her recent CD Pieces of Colour. The band was reduced in size from the CD, leaving out voice and tuned percussion, but still with Niran Dasika and James Macaulay, and bringing Adam Simmons and Samming Anning in place their Japanese counterparts. I enjoyed all Sumire and Niran's sets, but if I had to choose one then this would be it. I'd describe it as an explosion of joy, driven by Sumire's effervescent playing and her fully-engaged leading of the ensemble from the piano. I give standing ovations only very, very rarely. In this case I spontaneously lept to my feel immediately the moment they finished playing.
Sumire Kuribayashi: Pieces of Colour (Sumire Kuribayashi - piano; Niran Dasika - trumpet; James Macaulay - trombone; Sam Anning - bass; Shun Ishiwaka - drums; special guest: Adam Simmons - sax) performing in the WPAC Theatre at the 2018 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz