Kojiro Umezaki grew up in Tokyo, Japan, where he began studying Western flute and the shakuhachi. His career encompasses both traditional and technology-based music and a range of electronic media. |
Umezaki holds a degree in Electro-acoustic Music from Dartmouth College and is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of California, Irvine. He performs regularly with the Silk Road Ensemble and the Montreal-based jazz trio, Beat in Fractions.
His recordings are available on the Sony BMG, Healthy Boys, and Smithsosian Folkways labels, among others. He appears on the Silk Road Ensemble's albums Beyond the Horizon, New Impossibilities and Off the Map.