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Core Anode is Otomo's roaring-sound project, 3 pieces recorded live at concerts in Tokyo (2002), Copenhagen (2006), and London (2006).

Yoshihide, Otomo
Core Anode

Yoshihide, Otomo : Core Anode (Meena)
Label: Meena    
Released in: Japan    

"Core Anode is the roaring-sound project of the versatile and multifaceted Otomo Yoshihide, who works in genres ranging from free improvisation to jazz to rock to movie and TV music. The CD contains 3 pieces recorded live at concerts in Tokyo (2002), Copenhagen (2006), and London (2006). The players/numbers of players differed at each performance. In all cases the musicians were outside the audience area, surrounding the listeners, and in all cases they put out nothing but roaring sound."-Meena

"Ko Ishikawa is a Sho (Japanese bamboo mouth organ) player and is a member of the Gagaku ensemble "Reigakusha". He was born in Tokyo in 1963 and studied Sho and Gagaku music with masters Mayumi Miyata, Hideaki Bunno and Shiba Sukeyasu." (

"Angharad Davies is a violinist, one at ease in both improvising and composition, with a wide discography as part of varied range of ensembles and groups. She's a specialist in the art of 'preparing' her violin, adding objects or materials to it to extend its sound making properties. Her sensitivity to the sonic possibilities of musical situations and attentiveness to their shape and direction make her one of contemporary music's most fascinating figures. 2015 has seen her being commissioned for a new work at the Counterflows Festival, Glasgow and premiering Eliane Radigue's new solo for violin, Occam XXI at the El Nicho Festival, Mexico.

She's performed at, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, BBC Proms, Music We'd Like to Hear's concert series, is an associate artist at Cafe Oto, is a member of Apartment House, Cranc and Common Objects, been artist in residence at Q-02, and played live with Tony Conrad in the Turbine Room at the Tate Modern. Other collaborations have featured the likes of John Butcher, Daniela Cascella, Rhodri Davies, Julia Eckhardt , Kazuko Hohki, Roberta Jean, Lina Lapelyte, Dominic Lash, Tisha Mukarji, Andrea Neumann, Rie Nakajima, Tim Parkinson, J.G.Thirlwell, Stefan Thut, Paul Whitty, Manfred Werder, Birgit Ulher, Taku Unami and she's released records on Absinth Records, Another Timbre, Potlatch and Confrontrecords."

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"Mark Sanders has played with many renowned musicians including Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey, Henry Grimes, Roswell Rudd, Peter Brotzmann, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide, Jah Wobble, Sidsel Endresen , Charles Gayle, Peter Evans and William Parker. He works with John Edwards in a duo and with groups including Evan Parker, `Foils` with Frank Paul Schubert and Matthius Muller and groups with Veryan Weston, John Tilbury, Agusti Fernandez and Mathew Shipp. Mark works in a regular improvising duo with John Butcher and also performing John`s composition `Tarab Cuts` which has played festivals in Rio de Janiero, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Glasgow, Bristol and London. In a trio with cellist Okkyung Lee, John and Mark have played in Belgium, France, England and Scotland. He also has a longstanding duo with Sarah Gail Brand which has featured on the BBC`s `The Stuart Lee Show`and in the film `Taking the dog for a Walk`.

He has performed solo for a Christian Marclay exhibition at The White Cube Gallery in London, Evan Parker`s festival`Unwhitstable` in Wroclaw, Poland for `Solos Festival` The 100 Years Gallery London, an improvised music series in Derby and Cafe Oto in London. Working with Christian Marclay in his `Everyday` piece for film and live music, he has performed in Aldeburgh, Ruhr Trienalle, Vienna Bienalle, Holland festival and London`s QEH and has also collaborated with him playing for the film `Screenplay`in London and Lisbon. In situations using composition in one form or another Mark works in various projects including `13 Vices` with Brian Irvine/Jennifer Walshe, Alex Hawkins Ensemble featuring Peter Evans, Simon Fell Ensembe, groups with Hasse Poulsen and Luc Ex , Sarah Sarhandi`s `Both Universe`, Elaine Mitchener`s `Sweet Tooth` and has played in the groups of Shabaka Hutchings including`Sons of Kemet` Conceptual Artist Sam Belinfante collaborated with Mark in his piece `On the One Hand, and the Other` in two exhibitions at Camden Arts Centre, London For Conceptual artist Henrik Hakensen`s film `The End` he has performed as an improvising soloist with orchestras conductedd by Jessica Cottis, playing the music of John Coxon in Glasgow, Sydney and Monte Carlo As a guest with New York`s ICE Ensemble he has performed John Zorn`s `The Tempest` in London and at Huddersfield New Music Festival.

Mark also works in the groups of Paul Dunmall including Deep Whole Trio with Paul Rogers, in duo and `Frisque Concordance` with Georg Graewe , and the ensembles of Mikolaj Trzaska, Uwe Oberg and Peter Jaquemyn. He has performed in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Morrocco, South Africa, Australia, Mozambique and Turkey, playing at many major festivals including Nickelsdorf, Riga, Ulrichsburg, Glastonbury, Womad, Vancouver, Isle of Wight, Roskilde, Berlin Jazz days, FMP, Mulhouse, Luz, Minniapolis, Banlieue Bleues, Son D`hiver and Hurta Cordel."

-Mark Sanders Website (

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Product Information:

Label: Meena
Catalog ID: meenna-332
Squidco Product Code: 10261

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Japan
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded at Kid Ailack Art Hall, Tokyo, September 19, 2002 (track 1); Stubnitz, Copenhagen, July 14, 2006 (track 2); and ICA Theatre, London, LMC Festival, December 15, 2006 (track 3).


Otomo Yoshihide-guitar

Atsuhiro Ito (optron

Masahiro Uemura-drums

and Itoken-drums)


Ryoichi Saito-guitar

Mads Heldtberg-guitar

Nis Bysted-guitar

Yasuhiro Yoshigaki-drums

Andreas Hauer-Jensen (drums

and Toke Tietze Mortensen-drums

Otomo (turntable, guitar amp

Andrea Neumann-inside piano, mixing desk), Uemura-drums

Sachiko M-sinewaves

Rhodri Davies-harp

Yoshimitsu Ichiraku-drums

Stefano Tedesco-vibraphone

Tim Barnes-timpani, tam-tam, cymbal

Sarah Washington-electronics

Ko Ishikawa-sho, electronics

Matt Davis-trumpet

Angharad Davies-violin

Tom Chant-tenor sax

Mark Sanders-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Uemura Masahiro: drums
Ito Atsuhiro: optron
Itoken: drums
Otomo Yoshihide: guitar

Live recording: Otomo Yoshihide at Kid Ailack Art Hall, Tokyo, September 19, 2002

2. Nis Bysted: guitar
Yoshigaki Yasuhiro: drums
Mads Heldtberg: guitar
Saito "Shacho" Ryoichi: guitar
Andreas Hauer-Jensen: drums
Toke Tietze Mortensen: drums
Otomo Yoshihide: guitar

Live sound mix and recording: Blo @ Stubnitz, Copenhagen, July 14, 2006

3. Andrea Neumann: inside piano, mixing desk
Uemura Masahiro: drums
Sachiko M: sinewaves
Rhodri Davies: harp
Ichiraku Yoshimitsu: drums
Stefano Tedesco: vibraphone
Tim Barnes: timpani, tam-tam, cymbal
Sarah Washington: electronics
Ishikawa Ko: sho, electronics
Matt Davis: trumpet
Angharad Davies: violin
Tom Chant: tenor sax
Mark Sanders: drums
Otomo Yoshihide: turntable, guitar amp

Live recording: Rick Campion and Sebastian Lexer at LMC Festival, ICA Theatre, London, December 15, 2006
Sound technician/engineer: Mark Hornsby
Mix: Otomo Yoshihide at GRID605, Tokyo, December 2007 and January 2008

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