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Minimal improvisation using a meditative set of instruments including stone flute, small stones, and a "silent toy", from David Toop recording with Akio Suzuki on a rare trip to the UK.

Suzuki, Akio / David Toop
Breath - Taking

Suzuki, Akio / David Toop: Breath - Taking (Confront)
Label: Confront    
Released in: Great Britain    

"The best place to listen to ultra-quiet, inner-searching free improvisation is also one of the hardest venues to find: the basement of the Sound 323 record shop, in London, England. Luckily, its owner Mark Wastell releases the best of these intimate performances on Confront CDs that are only barely easier to find. Breath-Taking is the result of one of Akio Suzuki's rare visits to England. Suzuki's music proceeds from meditation and transforms quotidian objects (a stone flute, small stones, a "silent toy") into fragile means of communication. David Toop makes a very compatible sound-mate. Here he uses an assortment of flutes and whistles, along with a whistling pot and "organic materials" (a vague enough description to allow the listener to imagine at will). Upon first listen, one may think of two serious men making childlike music, but the level of contemplation found in this single, 37-minute piece dispels this first impression. The performance is not particularly striking, even from the point of view of such a quiet form of improvisation, but it is obvious that the music doesn't intend to strike or compel. It is born out of such simplicity that it simply exists -- it is there, discreetly inhabiting your listening space, and its sole presence is a marvel. One finds an interesting level of interaction between the artists and inventive, creative sound-making at play, but in the end Breath-Taking is not something to get excited about (either to praise or decry), but to ponder."-François Couture, All Music Guide

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Product Information:

Label: Confront
Catalog ID: CONFRONT 14
Squidco Product Code: 11809

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2004
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Sound 323, London on March 15, 2003 by Akinori Yamasaki.


Akio Suzuki-kikkukikiriki, stone flute, small stones, pan pipe, ireba, silent toy

David Toop-flutes, bone whistle, dog whistles, stones, whistling pot, organic materials, feedback device

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Track Listing:

1. Breath - Taking 37:32