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Yasuko Kaneko

Yasuko Kaneko is a Japanese trombonist and composer. She was born in 1965 in Chiba, Japan. She began with the french horn in her school days, but felt that the trombone was a better instrument for her self-expression. Consequently she studied classical trombone under Yuri Iguchi, and jazz trombone under Shigeharu Mukai.

In 1992 Kaneko began playing in big-bands, and by 1998 she was playing in small jazz combos and formed her own band. In 2012 Kaneko joined Gato Libre, the acoustic band from Japanese trumpeter Natsuki Tamura.

Kaneko has also performed in Satoko Fujii's orchestra (Kobe). She has played with Danish saxophonist Lotte Anker, Japanese vocalist Koichi Makigami and more. Now she performs improvised music, jazz, contemporary music, and beyond. Kaneko also runs improvisation workshops.