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Catalog ID: INT110
Squidco Product Code: 6079
Packaging: Jewel Tray
September 27, 2004 at Jazzclub A-Trane, Berlin
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European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
Japanese & Asian Improv/Rock
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"Aki Takase and Lauren Newton correspond to and contradict one another with sounds, tones, vocalizations, words. They converse in fantasy languages, plunge into areas of deep emotion and fly off into the abstract realm of sounds. And - not forgetting: they have something which has become rare, not only in improvised music, but in the world of art in general, because it defies reckoning: they have a sense of humour. It is almost amazing that they did not meet earlier. Despite the different emphases they have quite some things in common: both are familiar with Jazz and the kind of improvised music that has grown out of it. Both have always been interested in extended sounds which push back the borders of established genres, also brushing with the areas of New Music. The actual dimensions of the musical conversations between Lauren Newton and Aki Takase are the sounds in the spectrum from creative expressiveness through to artistic moulding."-(From: Bert Noglik, Liner Notes zu Aki Takase-Lauren Newton)
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"Aki Takase ( ) (born January 26, 1948) is a Japanese jazz pianist and composer.
Takase was born in Osaka and started to play piano at age 3. Raised in Tokyo, Takase studied classical piano at Toho Gakuen School of Music. Starting in 1978, she performed and recorded in the US. Her collaborators included with Lester Bowie, Sheila Jordan, David Liebman, and John Zorn. Her first Euopean appearance was in 1981 at the Berlin Jazz Festival in Germany. She instantly became one of the most sought after musicians, who was touring constantly the main international jazzfestivals.
For many years, she has been working with her husband Alexander von Schlippenbach, as well as with Eugene Chadbourne, Han Bennink, Evan Parker, Paul Lovens, Fred Frith and others, and in duets with Maria Jočo, David Murray and Rudi Mahall.
In various projects, Takase has dealt with famous jazz musicians: Duke Ellington (1990), Thelonious Monk (1994), Eric Dolphy (1998), W.C. Handy (2002), Fats Waller (2004), and Ornette Coleman (2006).
In 2002, Takase recorded with writer Yoko Tawada. Takase had read some of Tawada's poems, and, as the writer reported, she "started composing melodies and settings for my texts. When we got together, I read my poems in the same way that I always read them out loud. Aki played, listened carefully to the poems, and started improvising." In later performances, Takase used more unconventional instruments when accompanying Tawada.
Since 1987, Takase has lived in Berlin."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aki_Takase)
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