Tokyo-based avant-garde pianist and composer Satoko Fujii has toured “every continent except Antarctica,” according to her bio. But she samples the local staples whenever she’s in New Haven. “I love clam pizza at Frank Pepe,” she said. “Natsuki” — that’s trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, Fujii’s husband — “likes the Japanese restaurant Miso, that is different from Japanese restaurants in Japan but the food tastes good!”
Fujii’s ever expanding and evolving musical tastes have brought her to Firehouse 12 several times in the last few years. On Friday, she’ll perform with the group Gato Libre in the group’s first-ever U.S. tour. Fujii has joined the ranks of several jazz and experimental-music luminaries — among them Mary Halvorson, Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, and Bill Frisell — who have become steady visitors to the Crown Street studio, bar, and concert space as performers and recording artists.