Saxophonist Junji Hirose met Kazuhisa Uchihashi at Foxhole in Kichijoji in 2014 and 2015, Uchihashi performing only on Hans Reichel's daxophone--wood shapes played in a variety of ways to create unusual sound--as heard on these 10 surprising and wonderfully idiosyncratic recordings.
Hirose, Junji / Kazuhisa Uchihashi
Released in: Japan
German guitarist Hans Reichel, who died in 2011 at the age of62 years old, was the inventor of the daxophone. This unusual instrument uses a variety of types of wood that are cut into various shapes, or "tongues", and are fixed to a dedicated platform so that they can be rubbed or hit to create an amazing variety of sound. These "voices" include animal sounds, the emulation of people speaking, singing, or moaning, percussive sounds, and other inexplicable emanations. Among the few truly qualified daxophone performers is Japanese guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi (Altered States), who was recognized by Reichel himself.
This CD is presents a masterful performance on the daxophone, in concert with saxophonist Junji Hirose, known for Togashi Masahiko's groups and the first Shibusashirazu Orchestra, Fujikawa Yoshiaki Isutashia Orchestra, etc. Together they present an amazing variety of approaches to both instruments while keeping the music surprising, entertaining, and embraceable. It's an unexpected pairing that takes acoustic free improv into elusively peculiar and wonderful territory.
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"Kazuhisa Uchihashi (内橋和久, Uchihashi Kazuhisa) is a Japanese guitarist involved in free improvisation music. Born in 1959 in Osaka, Uchihashi began to play the guitar at age 12, playing in various rock bands, though he later studied jazz music. In 1988 he joined the band the First Edition, and in 1990 formed the band Altered States. He was also a member of Otomo Yoshihide's Ground Zero from 1994 to 1997. Uchihashi also plays daxophone, and in addition to his role as a free improviser, Uchihashi has been the musical director for Osaka theatre group Ishinha, has held improvisation workshops (a project known as New Music Action) in various cities in Japan, as well as London, Oslo, and currently in Vienna also. Uchihashi has set up his own record label, Innocent Records a.k.a. Zenbei Records, had held a music festival annually since 1996 Festival BEYOND INNOCENCE."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazuhisa_Uchihashi)
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Recorded at Foxhole, in Kichijoji, Japan on December 12th, 2014 and June 10th, 2015 by Shingo Matsuoka and Kazushia Uchihashi.
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1. Saxophonedaxophone I 4:05
2. Saxophonedaxophone II 6:35
3. Saxophonedaxophone III 6:31
4. Saxophonedaxophone IV 11:50
5. Saxophonedaxophone V 3:38
6. Saxophonedaxophone VI 4:52
7. Saxophonedaxophone VII 4:49
8. Saxophonedaxophone VIII 3:16
9. Saxophonedaxophone Ix 7:03
10. Saxophonedaxophone X 5:58