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Pianist facing deportation completes album

Yuko Kishimoto, a Japanese native and locally known jazz pianist, completed her first album and is throwing a release party

Yuko Kishimoto is throwing an album release party on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the First Reformed Church of Schenectady at 7 p.m.

Yuko Kishimoto is throwing an album release party on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the First Reformed Church of Schenectady at 7 p.m. Submitted photo

— She hasn’t held the finished product in her hands yet, so it hasn’t completely sunk in.

“I think it’s going to become a little more real when I have it,” said Kishimoto. “Right now I’m focusing on getting this done and that done. I’m relieved more than excited, mainly because of the time.”

Speaking of time, it’s ticking by fast. The album release is on the last day of August and just three days later, Saturday, Sept. 3, she’ll be gone.

“I’ll figure things out when I get there [Japan],” said Kishimoto.

Kishimoto’s troubles began when she unexpectedly lost her full-time teaching job at a local private music school exactly one year ago this month.

“When I lost the job, I lost the visa, so after that I have to pursue a different type of visa to stay in the country,” said Kishimoto in a previous article.

Her tourist visa is only good for so long and without a full-time job and an employer willing to do the paperwork for a work visa, the only option is leaving.

Her departure isn’t what she wants to focus on, though. She is insistent that the album release party be a celebration of her music, and more importantly, those that helped her record happen.

“It was made possible because of those supporters so I feel like as much as I wanted to make the CD, I had people that wanted me to do this so I felt responsible that I had this done and did it well,” said Kishimoto. “Reaching that goal is sort of a big relief.”

The album is more than an independent project. Kishimoto was able to get it released on a semi-local record label, Planet Arts, which is an organization that promotes jazz in the area and New York City.

She’s still ironing out the details of the release party but what’s for certain in her time of uncertainty is that it will happen. The First Reformed Church of Schenectady is at 8 Church St. in Schenectady. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for Kickstarter.com contributors and children under 15.

More information is online at www.yukokishimoto.com and her Facebook page.

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