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Yumi Ito (1990) is a Japanese-Polish vocalist, songwriter, producer and arranger based in Basel, Switzerland. Her music is an amalgam of jazz, art-pop and neo-classical. Yumi plays live extensively and has shared stages with the likes of Al Jarreau, Becca Stevens, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Mark Turner. As a bandleader, side-woman and arranger, Yumi Ito works in jazz, pop, theater and film. Apart from the many collaborations, Ito has recorded three albums under her own name: "Intertwined" (2016, Unit Records), "Ypsilon" with Yves Theiler (2017) and "Stardust Crystals" (2020, Unit Records). Ito performs internationally under her name with bassist Kuba Dworak and drummer Iago Fernandez, her eleven-member Yumi Ito Orchestra and with Polish guitarist Szymon Mika. In 2015, Ito completed the Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Singing at the Zurich University of the Arts. In 2017, she received her master's degree in Jazz vocals and composition at Jazzcampus in Basel. Her teachers were Guillermo Klein, Mark Turner, Jorge Rossy, Larry Grenadier, Lisette Spinnler and Jeff Ballard. In 2017, Ito was elected by Wolfgang Muthspiel to participate in the prestigious Focus Year Band program and was a part of the international eight-member ensemble for an entire year. The band recorded the album "After This" (2018, Neuklang) and was coached weekly by musicians such as Dave Holland, Avishai Cohen, Django Bates, Steve Swallow and Lionel Loueke. The group performed at the Opus Jazz Club Budapest, Porgy and Bess Vienna, Off Beat Festival etc.
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