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Label: Leo Records
Released: 1999
Track listing: Confluence; Volt/Going; Indistancing; Channel.


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Brett Larner/Shoko Hikage/Philip Gelb: INDISTANCING

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A friend of mine vehemently despises purely improvised music. She refers to free improv as “that genre that refuses to die.” Furthermore, she has predicted that “free improvisation will ultimately be proven to be the gimmicky and cliché-ridden beast that it is as it dead ends with Western practitioners resorting to non-Western instruments to realize their ...


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Brett Larner/Shoko Hikage/Philip Gelb: Indistancing

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In the blending of cultures that modern technology has made possible, traditional Japanese instruments like the koto and shakuhachi are now harnessed for free improvisation. In addition to the idiomatic cultural references these instruments bring, they also lend a distinctive tonality to the music. The koto, a stringed instrument, occupies the treble zone with a harsh ...


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