The fiery, complex and exultant duo of drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love and Otomo Yoshihide on electric guitar, performing at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse in May 2013, an intense and rewarding set from two authoritative improvisers.
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Recorded at Copenhagen Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, Denmark on May 4th, 2013.
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1. 4 May 2013 Part 1 19:06
1. 4 May 2013 Part 2 14:35
Percussion & Drums
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
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"Expecting a noise-fest? Well, yes and no, firstly this album contains one long piece of improvised music, recorded live at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse in May 2013, which has naturally occurring contrasting sections that not only give the overall piece real shape and structure, but also create an emotional depth. Although completely free flowing, this involves a gradual switching, which is done with great execution, between the intense and loud opening maelstrom textures to much more reflective & sensual sounds and then back again.
Whilst listening to this piece, which lasts just over the half-hour mark, I found it almost impossible not to compare Yoshihide's playing to that of his mentor, the late and great Masayuki Takayanagi, with the music at times sounding like an essay based on some of his albums such as Kaitai Teki Kohkan or April is the Cruellest Month.
Paal Nilsson-Love busies himself carrying the energy of the music on a wave of batterie-induced momentum, such as Krautrock legends Ash Ra Tempel did on their debut album. There is great involvement in the music from the drummer and pounding beats gradually develop into skittish rhythms with such ease as he drives the music on whilst being sensitive to the chemistry happening between the two instruments, especially in the more reflective middle section where extended techniques such as (what sounds like) bowed cymbals are carefully applied to the soundscape. There is a great moment where Yoshihide's guitar is feeding back whilst being processed through some effects resulting in harmonic sweeps, which sound like an air raid siren due to a similar sliding glissando of harmonic spectra.
Although effectively a duo of electric guitar (Otomo Yoshihide) and drums (Paal Nilsson-Love), there is a real fullness to this album as both these instruments are exploited not only for their power but also for their introspective ability as well.
While there is nothing new necessarily happening here it is an extremely enjoyable album of improvised music, which is performed with a natural expertise from these two musicians, and grows with you on each new listen as all good music usually does."-Chris Haines, Free Jazz BlogAlso available on compact disc.
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• Show Bio for Paal Nilssen-Love
"Paal Nilssen-Love was born in Molde, Norway, Dec 24. 1974, and raised at a jazz club in Stavanger, run by his parents. It was natural to choose his fathers drums as his instrument and jazz as his work. From 1990 on he took actively part in the jazz milieu in Stavanger and joined bands with established musicians such as trumpeter Didrik Ingvaldsen and saxophonist Frode Gjerstad. In many ways, these collaborations were essential as they pointed out the directions for Paal's later musical development and career. During his studies at the Jazz dept at the University in Trondheim, where the first self initiated bands were established, things developed really fast - and Paal was nationally acknowledged at the age of 20.
The forming of the quartet Element in 1993 in many ways represented the start of a new phase in Paal's musical life. Element musically became a platform for several other groups with bassist Flaten and pianist Wiik, and lead to collaborations with Iain Ballamy and Chris Potter, amongst others. Paal moved to Oslo in 1996, where he joined and/or took part in the forming of bands like Vindaloo, SAN, Håkon Kornstad Tio, The Quintet and Frode Gjerstad Trio. He later on got more into self initiated projects and collaborations with Swedish musicians, such as pianist Sten Sandell and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson.
Paal played his first solo concert in 1999, and since then the solo concept has been an important part of his work: "Everyone should try doing some solo work, just to feel who you really are and what gets you going". His solo album "Sticks and stones" was put out in 2001 on SOFA Rec.
Being active in several bands at the same time has always been Paal's deliberate working method. He is constantly conscious about the projects he is in, as his participation in each and one of them is fully dedicated. Playing is not about getting from start to goal, but rather being in an everlasting process, a continuous movement where each new piece of music performed is a prolongation of the latest. Hence, keeping focused and concentrating all energy around what's happening there and then is of greatest importance - as is the freedom in the music, the ability of being free within the expression.
All bands, although various styles and musical versatility in general, represent important pieces that make up a total, and all bands are formed or joined with a clear vision. Today Paal's portfolio includes Atomic, School Days, The Thing, Frode Gjerstad Trio, Sten Sandell Trio, Scorch Trio, Territory Band, FME, and various duo projects such as with reedmen Ken Vandermark, John Butcher, Mats Gustafsson, organist Nils Henrik Asheim and noise wizard Lasse Marhaug. And not to forget the recently joined Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet."-Paal Nilssen-Love Website (http://www.paalnilssen-love.com/biography.php)
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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)
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