The Exodus Wave album is the Sequential Dreams project’s eighth album release. Running at 79 minutes and 14 tracks, this Berlin-School of electronic music inspired instrumental cinematic electronic progressive rock album should appeal to lovers of classic electronic synthesizer sequences, rich ambio-tronic effects, layered melodic and harmonic pads and leads. Add rich guitar riffs and rhythms of former Tangerine Dream guitarist Bernhard Beibl and you’re set for a revival of some of the moods that defined an era and still inspire today.
Born in Sapporo, Japan in 1954, Yuko Fujiyama started playing piano at the age of four. But it wasn’t until a summer morning in 1980 standing on a sidewalk in New York’s East Village that she found her calling; someone was playing a Cecil Taylor tape and she was transfixed by the piano sounds. That someone was Taylor’s drummer, Jerome Cooper, and that moment opened a door for her to the abstract beauty of music. She has been “looking for musical structures” ever since. “Recently, I’ve been trying to be free from a feeling of linear time. This album, Night Wave, is the result of my long search.” Joining her in this quest are three esteemed fellow travelers in the art of improvisation: percussionist Susie Ibarra, violinist Jennifer Choi, and cornet/flugelhornist Graham Haynes: “It was a joy to play with these beautiful musicians. I appreciate Susie for her earthy but sensitive sound, Jennifer for her beautiful melodies, and Graham for his simple and rich expressions.” .