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Satoko Fujii: Fujin Raijin

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La pianista e compositrice Satoko Fujii ha più volte trovato ispirazione nel folklore del suo Paese ma la scelta non è mai stata così profonda e coerente come in questo disco, registrato il 25 maggio 2006 a New York. Al suo nuovo quartetto ha dato il nome di Min-Yoh Ensemble, riferendosi a quella forma di musica tradizionale giapponese nata ...

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Satoko Fujii Min-Yoh Ensemble: Fuijin Raijin

Read "Fuijin Raijin" reviewed by Troy Collins

Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii's artistic restlessness is given full flower on Fujin Raijin, her first album of Min'yo compositions. Classically trained, Fujii is one of today's most eclectic jazz figures, leading ensembles that range from intimate chamber duos to full-sized big bands. Long fascinated by the emotional directness of Min'yo (traditional Japanese folk music), Fujii finally ...

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Anthony Braxton & Fred Frith: Duo (Victoriaville)

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Anthony Braxton and Fred Frith each have about as close a relationship to the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville as just about any non-Canadians. The first release on Victo, the label run by the producers of the annual Canadian festival, was a guitar duo with Frith and Rene Lussier; the second was a duet ...

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Kazue Sawai / Michel Doneda / Kazuo Imai / L: Une Chance pour l'ombre

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By Ken Waxman

Une Chance pour l'ombre is a rare article--almost fifty minutes of musical sound that exists in its own time and place, informed only by the experiences, sensibilities and consultation of the five improvisers.

During the course of two long improvisations recorded at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in ...

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Barre Phillips/Joelle Leandre/William Parker/Tetsu Saitoh: After You Gone

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Reverberations from bassist Peter Kowald's passing continue to be felt two years later. Last year, a long-time bass quartet with one sub gathered to bathe Kowald's spirit in a bass balm. Comprised of close associates or admirers of Kowald, this quartet represents a summit from across borders and generations, sharing only remarkable technique and a love ...

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Jaap Blonk/Koichi Makigami/Paul Dutton/Phil Minton/David Moss: Five Men Singing

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It was a match made in heaven, or rather on earth, at last year's 20th Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville. Five vocal artists on one stage--Dutch Jaap Blonk, Japanese Koichi Makigami, Canadian sound poet Paul Dutton, Englishman Phil Minton, and German new music singer David Moss--was indeed one of the highlights of the '03 ...

Rova Saxophone Quartet: Resistance

Read "Resistance" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Two premiere saxophone quartets came out of the final quarter of the last century, and both continue to carry on (each having lost one original member along the way). Rova and the World Saxophone Quartet (WSQ) are notable for having overcome the limitations posed by groupings of like instruments, each finding their way to distinct voices ...

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Cecil Taylor/Bill Dixon/Tony Oxley: Cecil Taylor/Bill Dixon/Tony Oxley

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I have a confession to make. One night at the Hotel Colibri in Victoriaville, Quebec, after a resoundingly disdained set by Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon and Tony Oxley, I rode up in the elevator with Oxley and Victo festival promoter Michel Levasseur. My room was on the first floor, but I wanted to hear what they ...

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Evan Parker and Sainkho Namtchylak: Mars Song

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A few years ago I was teaching music appreciation classes when I happened upon a book called Tuva or Bust. It was an account of how the author was inspired by the renowned physics professor Richard Feynman to investigate (and eventually visit) the remote central Asian land known as Tannu Tuva. Tuva, as it is commonly ...