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Satoko Fujii: Perpetual Motion

Read "Perpetual Motion" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Space may be the final frontier for some, but for pianist Satoko Fujii and guitarist Otomo Yoshihide its inner and outer most reaches, string theories, bosons, black holes and wormholes have provided a veritable playground, an infinite source of daring and inspiration. So one might wonder why it took these two mainstays of the Japanese avant-garde nearly thirty years (and well over one hundred and fifty albums between them) to take the stage together in January 2022 at ...

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Satoko Fujii, Otomo Yoshihide: Perpetual Motion

Read "Perpetual Motion" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Inciso in quel di Tokio all'inizio del 2022, è da qualche settimana sul mercato questo nuovo lavoro della pianista Satoko Fujii, discograficamente attivissima nell'anno dei suoi sessanta (2018, con un disco al mese) e comunque incline a documentarsi con una certa assiduità nel settore specifico al di là di celebrazioni e ricorrenze varie. In questo Perpetual Motion, svolto lungo quattro generalmente ampi episodi per poco meno di cinquanta minuti di musica senza rete, la pianista nipponica si ...

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Satoko Fujii & Otomo Yoshihide: Perpetual Motion

Read "Perpetual Motion" reviewed by Mark Corroto

This duo has been a long time in the making. Two giants of the Japanese music scene finally perform together, and it only took thirty years to happen. Each musician has a decorated career in solo performance, Satoko Fujii at the piano and Otomo Yoshihide with either guitar, turntables, or electronics. They both also guide larger ensembles, Fujii with her various orchestra work both in Japan and New York, and Otomo with his big bands and orchestras which perform original ...

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Japanese Iconoclasts - Part 1

Read "Japanese Iconoclasts - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In addition to offering a safe haven and an enthusiastic audience for international jazz players, Japan has a vibrant local scene which features musicians that approach jazz without necessarily being encumbered by its tradition, and infuse it with their own cultural traditions and generally post-modern attitude. So let's dive into the fun and varied universe of Japanese jazz through the work of some of its most remarkable iconoclasts. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo ...

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Otomo / Yamazaki / Parker: 14.11.16

Read "14.11.16" reviewed by Nicola Negri

Cafe Oto is one of the most important venues for free improvisation and avant-garde jazz in Europe, with an intelligent programming that often focuses on ad-hoc pairings and special projects. The London venue also has a record label, Otoroku, with a small but already impressive catalogue on LP and CD that expanded considerably after the launch of its digital branch. In November 2016, Cafe Oto organized a concert by the Otomo/Yamazaki duo, and invited a master of free music, Evan ...

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Otomo Yoshihide Special Big Band: Live At Shinjuku Pit Inn

Read "Live At Shinjuku Pit Inn" reviewed by Nicola Negri

Is it possible to maintain impeccable avant-garde credentials and be a popular culture phenomenon? This is the case with Otomo Yoshihide, a central figure in the Tokyo improv community, known internationally since the late '90s thanks to his participation in the downtown New York scene alongside John Zorn and many others. The Japanese guitarist and turntablist has always conducted a parallel activity as soundtrack composer for film and television, and in 2013 his theme for the popular TV drama Amachan ...

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Otomo Yoshihide & Paal Nilssen-Love: Otomo Yoshihide & Paal Nilssen-Love

Read "Otomo Yoshihide & Paal Nilssen-Love" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The musical bond between Japanese guitarist and sound sculptor Otomo Yoshihide and Norwegian powerhouse drummer Paal Nilssen-Love was solidified through previous successful collaborations. First with Nilssen-Love Scandinavian power trio The Thing's Shinjuku Crawl, (Smalltown Superjazz, 2009), then with Peter Brotzmann's Chicago Tentet Concert for Fukushima Wels 2011 DVD, (PanRec, 2013) and finally with an ad-hoc trio with fellow Norwegian noise master Lasse Marhaug Explosion Course, (PNL, 2013). The new recording of these expressive musicians was recorded ...


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