Infectious and spontaneous world grooves woven into full-fledged arrangements and compositions, mostly rooted in the vast and spellbinding traditional repertoire of West Africa…
A couple of landmarks:
After releasing their first EP in 2012, AfuriKo toured Japan and the United Kingdom twice, and gave several concerts in France. They have also taught Ghanaian music and dance workshops in Cardiff, Paris, and Munich.
Japanese percussionist Akiko Horii studied West African music and dance at the California Institute of the Arts (Los Angeles, United States).
Franco-English pianist and composer Jim Funnell studied performance and jazz composition at Berklee College of Music (Boston, United States).
Akiko Horii and Jim Funnell's paths, albeit diametrically opposed at the beginning (on the West and East coasts of the United States respectively), crossed in Paris in 2010. The timing of their encounter couldn't have been more perfect: Akiko was on a quest for musical freedom, and felt that practicing improvisation could help her to fully blossom as a performer, while Jim, for a long time already, had been wanting to unravel the African roots of the music he loves so much: jazz.
2010 | birth of the duo in Paris
2011 | first Japan tour (Osaka, Itami, Kyoto, Kobe); concert at the Club du Cercle (Paris)
2012 | First EP (eponymous and self-produced) release, immediately followed by a couple of tours: in Japan (Itami, Kobe, Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo, Kiryu, Chiba, Saitama, Nagoya, Fukuoka) and in the United Kingdom (Bournemouth, Oxford, Cardiff, Pontypool)
2013 | concerts at La Cave du 38 Riv', Au Chat Noir, L'Union des Musiciens de Jazz, La Caféothèque (Paris), Le Bar Belge (Maisons-Alfort); second UK tour (Southampton, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Pontypool, Liverpool, Birmingham, Poole); Ghanaian music and dance workshops at Cardiff University's School of Music (Wales), La Caféothèque (Paris), and Munich International Ballet School (Germany)