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Yoshihide, Otomo / Chris Pitsiokos: Live in Florence [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

Performing live at the Tempo Reale Festival in Florence, Italy in 2018, the duo of Japanese improviser Otomo Yoshihide on turntables & guitars and NY saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos fascinate with seven free dialogs, from extreme techniques of fragmented sound to jazz-oriented reference, a well-matched pair for both splintering collision and accomplished statement.
 

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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS126_CAS
Squidco Product Code: 29232

Format: CASSETTE
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded at Tempo Reale Festival in Florence, Italy, on May 30th, 2018.


Personnel:

Otomo Yoshihide-guitar, turntables

Chris Pitsiokos-alto saxophone, electronics

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Artist Biographies:

Otomo Yoshihide - born in 1959 in Yokohama, Japan. As a teenager, he spent time in Fukushima. Staying independent, he has consistently composed a wide range of music from improvisation to noise music and pop, and his music talent has spread all over the world. He has a successful career as a film score composer and has produced more than 70 movie soundtracks. In recent years, he has produced special type of concerts and musical works in collaboration with other various artists under the name of "ensembles". In addition, one of his priorities is,producing musical workshop projects involving handicapped children. In 2011, after the Great East Japan Earthquake , he started "PROJECT FUKUSHIMA!" along with people in various sectors. He has been active beyond the music scene and this is the reason that he has attracted a great deal of attention. In 2012, he received the Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts in the category of Promotion for "PROJECT FUKUSHIMA!". In 2013, he received various prizes including the Japan Record Award for his accomplishments, such as composing the theme music for the TV drama "Amachan".

"I use my real name "Otomo Yoshihide" as my stage name. When you write your Japanese name in English alphabet, many people often write their given names first, then their family names, following in the Western traditional culture. But originally, some Asian countries, including Japan, write their family names first, and then their given names follow after that. In my opinion, there is not only one standard for people's names and we should respect the values each person attaches to their name. Calling someone by his first name is a wonderful custom in Western culture to express familiarity with each other but that custom is not necessary in Japan because nobody has ever called me by my first name. It does not mean that people are unlikely to become close friends with me. It is just that calling me "Otomo" seems easier. There are some places with such customs in the world; where people friendlily call you by your family name. I am definitely not a nationalist but I have a feeling that something is wrong with those people who do not only disregard the tradition I am familiar with, but would rather follow Western standards.

For this reason, I would like to continue using the notation "Otomo Yoshihide" as before. When you call me, please call me "Otomo" as before. This will not cause any problems in its use. Until now, many people have written my name "Yoshihide Ōtomo" or "Yoshihide Otomo" but please understand those notations are not my intention. I am sincerely grateful for your consideration."

-Otomo Yoshihide Website (http://otomoyoshihide.com/en/?page_id=4)
11/25/2020

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"Chris Pitsiokos (b. 1990) is a saxophonist, composer, and improviser. His music combines the intensity and immediacy of extreme rock forms and noise with the lyricism and forward propulsion of jazz and the abstract detail of contemporary classical composers Iannis Xenakis and Helmut Lachenmann. Chris has had the opportunity to perform/collaborate with Lydia Lunch, Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Evans, Kevin Shea, Brian Chase, Henry Kaiser, Mick Barr, Marc Edwards, Brandon Seabrook, Paul Lytton, Tim Dahl, Philip White, Guerilla Toss, C. Spencer Yeh, Ikue Mori, Nate Wooley and Weasel Walter. Chris has performed throughout Europe, Japan, Australia, and the US. His records can be found on Clean Feed, New Atlantis, One Hand Records, Carrier Records, Ug Explode, and his own imprint, Eleatic Records. In addition to performing and composing music, Chris was a long time DJ at WKCR-FM and has been producing concerts in Brooklyn and Manhattan for four years."

-Chris Pitsiokos Website (http://www.chrispitsiokos.com/bio.html)
11/25/2020

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track listing:


SIDE A



1. One 7:06

2. Two 4:03

3. Three 4:11

4. Four 6:16

SIDE B



1. Five 3:48

2. Six 7:48

3. Seven 3:36
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Otomo Yoshihide is one of the giants of Japan's noise music scene for over thirty years, using guitars, turntables and electronics to create improvisations that visit nearly all the fringes of music, from free jazz to minimalism. He's like Merbow with an axe added to his arsenal.

Since the 80s, Yoshihide has invariably made music from all by himself to with a full-scale orchestra. For this live set performed at a festival in Italy, he and his guitar and his turntables match wits with Chris Pitsiokos with his alto saxophone and his electronics.

We last encountered Pitsiokos as a member of Kikanju Baku's London-based Citizens of Nowhere, so it's already evident the saxophonist thrives in the furthest outreaches of improvised music. Yeah, he's well within Yoshihide's ballpark.

Live in Florence is set of seven improvs highlighting the give-and-take between Yoshihide and Pitsiokos, where the only rule is to not adhere to rules about music. It's not harmony or rhythm, it's primal pulse and vibrations.

"One" is a barrage of samples. loops, buzzes and drones that blurs the line between played and programmed. But that's hardly the end of it: Pitsiokos later gets on his sax unaltered by effects to build up to a frenzy that Yoshihide matches on his turntables and after a short respite, they tangle again. Yoshihide manages to sound like an electronic version of Pitsiokos on "Two," decoding Pitsiokos' inscrutable language and mimicking it so closely, it's not easy to tell the two apart.

Pitsiokos gets alternately honky and buttery on "Three." There's a moment that stands out as the moment of the entire album where Yoshihide finds a piercing note sounding not too dissimilar to those sine waves he loves to cut loose, and Pitsiokos decides first to harmonize to it and then match it. It's not for the faint of ear. They then take it low and it sounds no less caustic, especially when Yoshihide metes out nasty feedback from his guitar.

On "Four," Yoshihide squeaks and squeals while Pitsiokos squawks and even chirps melodiously for a while before the two careen off the road entirely with machine gun ferocity. Pitsiokos' uses a series of trills and note runs during "Five" to instigate Yoshihide's acerbic responses.

"Six" is an outlier with in this set of outlier music in that it makes use of silence , also featuring Yoshihide's guitar, which sounds like low timbre chimes. Eager to break out of the dirge feel, the saxophonist eventually gets louder and rowdier as Yoshihide sticks with his solemn stance. "Seven" ends the program in a feisty mood iwth densely packed buzzes and screeches culminating in a rapid run of noises closely melded together. In the middle of that, Yoshihide discreetly reveals he's turntabling a big band jazz record."-S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews


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I Nm I Nente (Yoshihide / Molina / Irarrazabal / Roman / Rios)
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(Doubtmusic)
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Gianfratti, Antonio Panda / Marco Scarassatti / Otomo Yoshihide / Paulo Hartmann
Psychogeography, an Improvisational Derive
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