Brett Larner/Shoko Hikage/Philip Gelb: Indistancing
On Indistancing, three masters realize the truly international character of these instruments. Canadian expatriate Brett Larner first met fellow koto player Shoko Hikage (Japanese) and shakuhachi player Philip Gelb (American) a mere 30 minutes before this performance, though you wouldn't guess it from the sound of the record. Sparse, haunting melodies intertwine and explode into frenzied intensity, then settle back into contemplative introspection.
Absent throughout Indistancing are conventional jazz forms usually associated with improvisation, though the musicians engage in plenty of intelligent and sensitive interplay. About halfway through the record, a dripping noise appears in the left channel. Since nature chose to accompany the performance, the musicians choose to accept it and move forward with the improvisation. Maybe that's an Eastern way of looking at thingswho knows?
Track Listing: Confluence; Volt/Going; Indistancing; Channel.
Personnel: Brett Larner, koto; Shoko Hikage, koto; Philip Gelb, shakuhachi.
Record Label: Leo Records
Style: Modern Jazz