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An Evil Clown and a Leap of Faith

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"I don't have a half-speed for music, if I do it, I'm all in..."--PEK

If the Evil Clown record label is prolific on a per capita basis, then its founder is exponentially more inexhaustible. David Peck (aka PEK) founded the label--at first, unbranded--and its roots date back a little more than twenty years ...

Joe Maneri - Masashi Harada Duo: Pinerskol

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Personaggio ben singolare l'italoamericano Joe Maneri: a cominciare dagli anni Cinquanta si è diviso fra insegnamento accademico, saltuarie e anomale esperienze di musica contemporanea e la pratica di musiche popolari (greca, turca, ebraica, siriana...) nelle ricorrenze festive di varie comunità newyorchesi; nella sua formazione e attività di quei decenni sembra che il jazz canonico abbia avuto una parte tutto ...

Masashi Harada Trio: Breath, Gesture - Abstract Opera

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La L e la R racchiuse in un cerchio, simbolo della Leo Records, sono ormai un marchio di autenticità. Chi compra i dischi del produttore londinese Leo Feigin sa cosa si aspetta: una panoramica sulla free music tesa allo sperimentalismo più crudo e avanzato, un universo fluttuante in cui convivono jazzisti tout-court, accademici e noisers. A questo universo appartiene ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Masashi Harada - Mat Maneri: The Soul with Longing for Dim Hills and Faint Horizons

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C’è un’atmosfera sbiadita, opaca, in questo disco, simile a delle vecche foto in bianco e nero dai contorni ormai ingialliti o a vecchie immagini sedimentate nella memoria. La si percepisce non appena ci si introduce nel perché di questa musica, non appena pianoforte e viola cominciano a inseguirsi, in una composta altalena di suoni, ora intensi, gridati, ora ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Malcom Goldstein & Masashi Harada: Soil

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Ogni incisione di musica improvvisata è un viaggio verso l'incognito in quanto non si sa mai se la scintilla della comunicazione, di qualunque tipo essa sia, alla fine si propaghi tra i partecipanti al progetto. Soil, dove tutto va benissimo, rappresenta un disco importante per la musica improvvisata che fin da ora è da mettere fra le incisioni più interessanti del ...

Masashi Harada: Masashi Harada Electric Trio

Read "Masashi Harada Electric Trio" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Violinist Mat Maneri seems to be turning up everywhere these days. With this release he aligns with percussionist Masashi Harada (the leader), Maneri's onetime New England Conservatory crony. Electric guitarist Philip Tomasic proves to be a vital link amid this rather free-spirited endeavor.

In the liners, Harada alludes to sounds connecting “in the ...

Masashi Harada Electric Trio featuring Mat Maneri/Philip Tomasic: Obliteration at the End of Multiplication

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Violinist, Mat Maneri seems to be turning up everywhere these days. And with this release he aligns his wares with the leader of the date, and onetime “New England Conservatory” crony - percussionist, Masashi Harada. Whereas, electric guitarist, Philip Tomasic proves to be a vital link amid this rather free-spirited endeavor.

In the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Masashi Harada & Barre Phillips: Voluminous Venture

Read "Voluminous Venture" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This new release might serve as a paradigm of improvisational inventiveness for bass-piano pairings. Here, pianist/percussionist Masashi Harada teams up with esteemed modern jazz bassist Barre Phillips for a set brimming with subtly melodic, fragmented passages and the twosomes’ compassionate melding of harmonically rich micro themes with propulsive episodes. Furthermore, the musicians’ allow themselves ample amounts ...

Masashi Harada Trio: Seismic Plant

Read "Seismic Plant" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Each member a practiced pointillist, the Masashi Harada Trio is perhaps an archetypal abstractionist aggregate. Bhob Rainey and Michael Bullock are veterans of the Boston improv scene and as such routinely traffic in the impressionist currencies Harada also seems to value. The music on this disc is a maze of sonic corridors and trap doors. Harada’s ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Masashi Harada: Condanction Ensemble (1999)

Read "Condanction Ensemble (1999)" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Conductor/musician/educator Masashi Harada iterates, “Condanction exploits this feedback mechanism between physical movements of the Conductor and a group of improvising musicians exploring the border between dance and music”. Hence, this new release titled, Condanction Ensemble (1999) presents the listener with a potpourri of dynamics and music spurred on or perhaps created by gestures, dance and elements ...