About
Residency Dates
  • Jan 16th 2017 to Mar 9th 2017
  • Jan 16th 2017 to Mar 9th 2017
  • Jan 11th 2018 to Feb 9th 2018
Region
Japan

A guitar player, producer,
and composer, Usui plays in diverse genres. In the 1990s, he launched a
unique improvisation style that implements the fewest  possible guitar
effectors. He has worked with guitarist and composer Elliott
Sharp,  and played with Sharp as a duo in 2004 and 2005. Recently, Usui
has taken part in internationally acclaimed Japanese free jazz groups like
Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra and Satoko Fujii Orchestra. He has been playing with
many domestic/overseas musicians, including Ned Rothenberg (sax), William Parker
(bass), Fill Minton (voice), Peter Brotzmann (sax) and has been touring
worldwide. Usui has his own label under which he records and produces his
own as well as other artists’ music.