Atzko Kohashi

Atzko Kohashi

Atzko was born and raised in Japan and currently resides in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She started her classical piano studies during childhood and has been improvising and composing since. She is a self-taught jazz pianist. As a student studying law in Keio University, Tokyo, she was an active member of the jazz big band, Keio Light Music Society.

From 1994 to 2001, Atzko lived in New York, where she learned from jazz master Steve Kuhn. Her music was influenced by this association. In 2001 Atzko moved back to Tokyo, where she played regularly with numerous jazz musicians. Aside from giggling in jazz clubs, she also worked for C.G. animation and radio drama music as a composer and a player.

In 2005, she moved to Amsterdam, and released her first album Amstel Delight (PJL 2005): a trio recording with her longtime collaborators in Japan. In 2009, she formed a duo with Dutch bassist Frans van der Hoeven and released the duo album Amstel Moments (BJL, 2009) followed by Waltz for Debby (Toniq 2013).  Those albums were well received by numerous critics and music lovers-“European taste with Japanese flavor” “Warm, Natural and human”.

During those years she also appeared in Tokyo jazz scene with Japanese top bassist Yosuke Inoue and guitarist Kazuma Fujimoto in 2009 and 2011.  Atzko and Yosuke made a live recording at Body & Soul in Tokyo and released the duo album Turnaround (What’s New 2010). In 2011, Music Apps Book of Ballads compiled from her previous albums came out from Spaceshower.Inc. The following year Atzko teamed up a unique duo with Dutch drummer Sebastiaan Kaptein and released the album Dualtone (Toniq 2012).

In June 2013, Atzko & Frans Duo toured Japan, in several cities, including Tokyo, Nagasaki, Fukuoka and Kagoshima. It was promoted by Camerata, an agency known for classical music performances. They released their second duo album “Waltz for Debby” in 2013.

Since 2014, she has been working on her trio project with Frans on bass and Sebastiaan on drums, and their album “Lujon” was released by Japanese record label Cloud. They toured in Japan in November 2016, playing at prestigious concert halls including Hakuju Hall in Tokyo and Kitara Hall in Sapporo. Their concert at Hakuju Hall was selected as ‘’one of the most impressive concerts in the year 2016” by JazzTokyo.

Atzko has been very well received by numerous critics both in the Netherlands and Japan. Some of her albums had been adopted for KLM In-Flight music.

She also teams up with Russian cellist Maya Fridman in ÆON trio – jazz & classics cross-border, and released their debut album Elegy (Trptk 2017).

Recently, she has been working on her analog recording project (live-to-two-track recording) with Rhapsody Analog Recordings. Her first vinyl album Lost & Found played with Dutch singer Denise Jannah was released in 2017.

She now starts her new trio project with trumpeter Angelo Verploegen and bassist Tony Overwater. They will soon have new recording in spring 2018.