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Far East Side Band, the: Urban Archeology (Les Disques Victo)

"Even for the avant-garde fan acquainted with the Far East Side Band's first CD, Caverns, Urban Archaeology cannot fail to surprise. The group's blend of Oriental and Occidental instruments and music forms provides quite a change of sce...
 

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Label: Les Disques Victo
Catalog ID: CD 037
Squidco Product Code: 23975

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1996
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded 24 and 25 September, 1995. Mixed September 30 and October 1, 1995 at Studious Tedesco, New Jersey, by Jon Rosenberg.


Personnel:

Yukio Tsuji-Shakuhachi, percussion

Sang-Won Park-strings, Gayageum [Kayagum]

Joe Daley-tuba, electronics

Jason Kao Hwang-electric violin, composer

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track listing:


1. Urban Archeology 17:51

2. Mizu 14:25

3. The Shadows' Play 12:40

4. Distance Between Memories 13:51

5. Raw 0:52

6. Glass Mouvements 5:00

7. Gestures 2:03

8. In A Landscape 4:32

9. At Dusk 1:24
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Even for the avant-garde fan acquainted with the Far East Side Band's first CD, Caverns, Urban Archaeology cannot fail to surprise. The group's blend of Oriental and Occidental instruments and music forms provides quite a change of scenery. For this second opus, the trio of Asian-American improvisers Jason Hwang, Sang-Won Park, and Yukio Tsuji was augmented to a quartet. The arrival of New York tuba player Joe Daley gives the group's music a very different finish. His soft low tone often sketches alien-sounding (at least under these circumstances) melodies, while his electronics bring in a touch of (not always welcomed) artificiality. Violinist Hwang penned all four pieces, each about 15 minutes long and structured as a suite of bits of melodies and structured improvisations. Park's ajang and kayagum (two string instruments related to the koto) delicately answer Hwang's pizzicato violin playing, while Tsuji's beautiful shakuhachi (a flute) dialogues ethereally with the violin'sbow, as exemplified on "Distance Between Memories: In a Landscape." Park uses a wide array of Asian percussion; it is he who often sets the colors of the various tableaux. The relations between the constituents of a piece are not always obvious and some changes feel forced (especially in "The Shadows' Play") -- the listener," Francois Couture, All Music


Artist Biographies:

"Jason Kao Hwang (composer/violin/viola) recently released the CD Sing House, featuring his quintet, and VOICE, which features several ensembles with poetry. Sing House performances include the Vision Festival and Edgefest (MI). Burning Bridge, his octet of Chinese and Western instruments was one of the top CDs of 2012 in Jazziz and the Jazz Times. Performances include the Festival International de Musique Actuelle (Canada) and Freer Gallery (D.C.). The 2012 Downbeat Critics' Poll voted Mr. Hwang as "Rising Star for Violin." In 2011 he released two critically acclaimed recordings, Symphony of Souls, for improvising orchestra, and Crossroads Unseen, the third CD of his quartet EDGE. His opera, The Floating Box, A Story in Chinatown, was one of the top ten recordings of 2005 in Opera News. As violinist, he has worked with Wadada Leo Smith, Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Anthony Braxton, Steve Swell, Tomeka Reid, and others. Mr. Hwang has received support from Chamber Music America, US Artists International, the NEA, Rockefeller Foundation and others. Mr. Hwang currently teaches sound design at New York University."

-Jason Kao Hwang Website (https://www.jasonkaohwang.com/short-bio)
12/8/2017

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