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Johansen, Per Oddvar / Seijiro Murayama: Dented Time (Ftarri)

Bringing together two masterful percussionists -- Norwegian drummer Per Oddvar Johansen and Paris-based Japanese drummer Seijiro Murayama -- for a distinctive drum duo, each musician using a minimal set that combines a snare drum with small objects and cymbals, for an album of six improvisations and two composed pieces, all showing restraint in rhythmic interaction.
 

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Label: Ftarri
Catalog ID: ftarri-885
Squidco Product Code: 30200

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Japan
Packaging: Cardstock Sleeve, sealed
Recorded at Steinsrud, in Lommedalen, Norway, in July, 2019.

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"Jazz drummer Per Oddvar Johansen was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1968. He has earned six Spellemannsprisen, Norway's equivalent to Grammy Awards. One of Norway's leading drummers, he has participated in over 80 albums. In May 2018, Johansen came to Japan with his own trio.

Paris-based drummer/percussionist Seijiro Murayama is familiar to Ftarri listeners for his many releases of solo and collaborative performances on the Ftarri, Hitorri and Meenna labels.

The eight tracks on this CD (each 5 to 10 minutes long) are duo performances by Johansen and Murayama, recorded in Norway in July 2019. Six of the tracks are improvisation, and the last two are composed pieces. Both musicians used very simple sets combining snare drum with small objects and cymbals. There's a notable restraint in terms of both the volume and the number of sounds.

Together, the two veteran drummers play in similar styles, producing simmering, rattling, bubbling and clinking sounds. More than "playing," one might say they're releasing sounds. Though it's a performance by two drummers, there's no clumping together and leaping about of many percussive sounds; one can almost distinguish each individual sound.

Naturally, even in this type of performance, the musicians' amazing technique and musicality are fully and clearly heard. Far removed from images commonly associated with a duo drum performance, this album abounds in fascinating qualities of a completely different kind."-Ftarri


Artist Biographies

"Per Oddvar Johansen (born 1 March 1968) is a Norwegian Jazz musician (drummer), most recognized for his work with Trygve Seim, Christian Wallumrød, The Source, Solveig Slettahjell and Vigleik Storaas, but has also been awarded the Spellemannprisen five times.

Johansen was born in Oslo, where he played in several rock bands before attending the Jazz Program at Trondheim Music Conservatory (1989-92). There he started cooperations with among others the Bodega Band (1990-92, with the record En flik av ... in 1992), Airamero from 1990, Trio Midt-Norge, Piggy Bop from 1991, Vigleik Storaas Trio and the Trondheim Kunstorkester. He also started a long-lasting cooperation with Trygve Seim, among others in The Source, and has given profound marks on the Norwegian Jazz scene. He put his drums in for the band Tre Små Kinesere (1992) too.

When returning to Bærum (1992) he still continued many of these projects, in addition to performing with artists like Torbjørn Sunde, Jan Erik Kongshaug, the quartet TINGeLING, tubaist Lars Andreas Haug, Solveig Slettahjell's "Slow Motion Orchestra", Kjersti Stubø, Petter Wettre, Jacob Young, 1300 Oslo, Zanussi Five, with Kjetil Møster/Per Zanussi Trio, the singer Eldbjørg Raknes and the guitarist Hans Mathisen. In 1994 he toured with the trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and performed with the rock band Motorpsycho at Kongsberg Jazz Festival in 1995. He played with Joshua Redman, Arild Andersen and Bugge Wesseltoft at Moldejazz 2006.

Johansen together with Petter Wettre was rewarded Spellemannprisen 2000 in the class jazz for the album The Only Way to Travel, a prize he also received twice as a member of Vigleik Storaas Trio. He has released four records with Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Christian Wallumrød in the trio Close Erase (from 1995). He has also given lectures in drumming at University of Oslo and Norges Musikkhøgskole."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per_Oddvar_Johansen)
7/10/2024

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"Percussionist Seijiro Murayama was born in 1957 in Nagasaki, Japan. He started performing improvised music in 1972, under some influence of Vinko Globokar and musicologist Fumio Koizumi. After graduated from Tokyo University in 1982 in Urdu studies he toured the USA with Keiji Haino as part of the seminal psychedelic band Fushitsusha. Returning to Japan after a period in NYC he continued playing drums and electronics in K.K. Null's noise/rock band A.N.P. (Absolut Null Punkt), while further exploring free improvisation. A relocation to France in 1999 led to collaborations that extended into dance, theatre and performance as well as ongoing partnerships with musicians Jean-Luc Guionnet, Eric Cordier, Michel Doneda, Mattin, Lionel Marchetti, among many others. After over a decade in Europe he relocated back to Japan in 2013.

His artistic principal is to work with the idea of the plural or inter-disciplinary relationships between music and other disciplines of art: dance, video, paintings, photos, literature etc. In this way, he collaborates with musicians, composers, and sound artists. Improvisation is always the major concern for him, even if it is not his artistic goal. His approach is based on the attention to space and place, to the energy of the audience and to the quality and perception of silence on various levels."

-Fort Process (http://fortprocess.co.uk/seijiro-murayama/)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Improvisation 1 05:09

2. Improvisation 2 06:24

3. Improvisation 3 06:11

4. Improvisation 4 09:01

5. Improvisation 5 06:11

6. Improvisation 6 07:32

7. Composition 1 09:20

8. Composition 2 10:14

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Percussion & Drums
Duo Recordings
Asian Improvisation & Jazz
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms

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