Posts tagged ‘Japan’

July 22, 2014

“Bromma” (Akiyama/Arrias collaboration) released

Spectropol is proud to release a sublime collaboration from improvising musicians Tetuzi Akiyama (Japan) and Johan Arrias (Sweden).

This is the unedited outcome of the impromptu meeting of Tetuzi Akiyama on acoustic guitar and Johan Arrias on alto saxophone, on a Sunday morning in a minuscule Stockholm living room. Having toured and recorded together years before in a quartet format with the formidable Gul 3, the musicians knew each other well, but this was their first duo session.No preset parameters here. After a glass of black coffee and slightly diverging words on the structure ­- one long piece or shorter ones? ­- Johan shoves a plastic bottle down the bell of his alto, Tetuzi strokes a string, and they’re off. No distinct melodies or rhythms, yet the music flows with a gentle insistency and retains a strong sense of direction and purpose throughout, its beauty heightened by moments of dissonance. At times reminiscent of a koto-­shakuhachi dialogue, the core feeling is one of deep trust and respect. Every note, every sound counts. In the room, in the moment. Slow breathing, just as Tetuzi had suggested.

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Tetuzi Akiyama plays the guitar with primitive and practical implications, by adding a desire of own to the instrument’s characteristic nature in minimal and straight method. He delicately and sometime boldly controls the volume of the sound from micro to macro level, and tries to quantize his physical system.

Besides making variety of solo albums which covers from fingerpicking and slide acoustic guitar atonalism to noisy experimental drone to never ending boogie, he have made many albums in collaboration with highly praised artists such as Jozef Van Wissem, Donald McPherson, Greg Malcolm, Bruce Russell, Günter Müller, Jason Kahn, Michel Henritzi, Phantom Limb, Gul3, Tim Barnes, Oren Ambarchi, Martin Ng, Anla Courtis and Alan Licht, just to name a few. He is also a band member of Koboku Senjû, Satanic Abandoned Rock & Roll Society and Hontatedori.

Akiyama is a frequent guest at international music festivals in East & West Europe, North & South America, Australia and New Zealand in recent years.

Official Page: www.japanimprov.com/takiyama/index.html

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Johan Arrias is a saxophone and clarinet player active in the field of improvised, experimental and contemporary music. He works with deconstructing and fragmenting the traditional play on his instrument with extended techniques and preparation, regarding sound as an autonomous matter. This has led him to also start working with sound art. When composing music he moves freely from traditional to graphic notation and concepts.

Since 2005 he is based in Stockholm where he is active with groups as Jaas, Arrias/Ullén, Arrias/Liljedahl among others. He collaborates/have collaborated with musicians such as Tisha Mukarji, Angharad Davies, Tetuzi Akiyama, Axel Dörner, Derek Shirley, Kai Fagaschinski, Lucio Capece, Joe Williamsson, Audrey Chen, Katt Hernandez, Anna Lindal, David Stackenäs, Christer Bothén, Nina de Heney, Daniel M Karlsson, Andreas Backer, Jonatan Liljedahl, Lisa Ullén, Vilhelm Bromander, Henrik Olsson, Emil Strandberg and more. He has toured in Sweden, Norway, South Africa, USA, Poland, UK, Germany and Rumania and released records on labels such as MonotypeRec, Headspin Recordings, Crazy Wizdom, Jahr null Aufnahmen.

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/johan_arrias
“Bromma” was recorded on Nov 10, 2013, on a Olympus LS­11 portable recorder. Duration: 27 minutesRecording and text by Jan Nygård.

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February 18, 2014

new review of Christian/Mehata

Excellent thorough review of La Géographie Sans Regret from the fine folks at The Sound Projector.

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You may be excited to hear that a new edition of this album…remastered and with added bass…is coming out next month alongside a wonderful new collaboration from Christian (Brazil) and Mehata (Japan) with the great Paulo Chagas (Portugal).

May 10, 2013

more reviews of akiyama/gburek and borghi

Just Outside has some very nice reviews of Respect and Musica per Nastro here.

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January 4, 2013

“respect” is available.

Tetuzi Akiyama & Jeff Gburek’s new album of engrossing improvisations is available for streaming and purchase in download and limited edition CDR formats. Check it out below and see the bandcamp page for more details.


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January 3, 2013

akiyama/gburek out Jan. 5

Coming this Saturday; download and limited edition CDR.

tetuzi akiyama + jeff gburek: ‘respect’

These recorded improvisations from 2010 are a portrait of an evolving musical relationship between two well-traveled avant musicians. Quiet guitars and electronics interact over a bed of silence, an intimate post-Feldman environment where breathing and room sound permeate the texture. The east/west hybrid interests of both players seem to inform the subtle harmonic framework and the hypnotic flow of events. Jeff Gburek (Poland) recalls that between recorded segments the duo discussed moods/imagery, undetermined but subliminal suggestions. “In the middle of nowhere, the desert…” was an idea for the second track, which sparked Gburek’s “strong associative imagination with the New Mexico desert landscape and my sounds; because much of my sound vocabulary for that instrument set-up was developed while I was living in New Mexico.” Tetuzi Akiyama (Japan) had also been visiting New Mexico a few months before the recording, his slide guitar on that track perhaps redolent of the southwestern US. Overall these four tracks invite the listener into a unified and compelling experience, a meeting of musical presences enabled by patience and a willingness to explore.

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October 21, 2012

La Géographie sans Regret CDR is available

The physical version of George Christian + Mehata Sentimental Legend’s scorching new album is out!

je cherche une place pour apparaitre
un lieu très lent
un endroit pour ouvrir les yeux
sans avoir peur
une vallée où les nuits demande au jour
de prendre son temps pour se lever
et où le jour reste en veille
pendant toute une échange de paroles
et de regard intense
je cherche une place pour apparaitre
sans me soucier des vents qui caressent
des instants sans fin
des jeux ou le rire est gagnant
je cherche sans croire
je cherche une place pour apparaitre
sans disparaitre…

Réjean Desrosiers © 2012 10 21

September 30, 2012

La Géographie sans Regret is available

The haunting new collaboration from two emerging artists from Brazil and Japan. Sheets of noisy harmony, shimmering textures, microtonal explorations, and voice drenched in reverb seep in and out of existence. Somewhere between avant/noise rock and experimental electronic, this recording is a strange trip that gets better with each hearing.

more from artist Wilhelm Matthies:

La Géographie sans Regret (George Christian & Mehata Sentimental Legend) is about exploring emotional grounds, exhilarating here, melancholy there, dark and tortured there, but without regret. Each musical piece seems to have originated from an emotional reality which is expressed in written words and transformed with the same intensity and emotional and moral ambiguity into musical language.

As a collaboration, George Christian was able to go beyond language barriers which could trap him into such territories, and was able to communicate it to Mehata Hiroshi. Mehata Hiroshi was able to match it both musically and with his visual artwork. His visual artworks, likewise, have the depth, sparkle, horror, and exhilaration expressed in the music they made.

Two young artists show us what it is like to be young, risk taking, treading on water, mud, solid ground sometimes, but throughout it all, without regret.

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