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Marginal Consort: 08.09.13 [3 CDs] (Ftarri / Meenna)

A live concert recorded at South London Gallery in London in 2013 from the influential Japanese collective improvisation project Marginal Consort of Kei Shii, Kazuo Imai, Masami Tada and Tomonao Koshikawa, formed around 1975 and since 1997 performing yearly concerts of evolving and continuous electroacoustic improvisation lasting for hours, here in 3 CDs.

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Label: Ftarri / Meenna
Catalog ID: meenna-992
Squidco Product Code: 22258

Format: 3 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Japan
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded live at South London Gallery, London, UK, September 8, 2013 between 7pm and 10pm.


Kei Shii-composer, performer

Kazuo Imai-composer, performer

Masami Tada-composer, performer

Tomonao Koshikawa-composer, performer

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track listing:


1. CD 1:61'54" CD2

1. CD 2:63'15" CD3

1. CD 3:57'06"
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"Marginal Concert is the collective improvisation project made up of Kazuo Imai, Tomonao Koshikawa, Kei Shii, and Masami Tada. All of the members were students of Takehisa Kosugi at Bigakko art school in 1975. They started the project on the invitation of Imai in 1997. Each year Marginal Consort holds from one to several concerts in which they perform continuously, without interruption, for two to four hours. Various electronic and acoustic sounds blend and coexist, and myriad sound colors/textures and reverberations flow in a free and spacious way while making large-scale transformations over time. Superb. These 3 CDs document Marginal Consort's live performance at a gallery in London in September 2013."-Ftarri

Artist Biographies:

Kei Shii (椎啓), also known as Hiroshi Shii, studied art with Genpei Akasegawa and music with Takehisa Kosugi in the 1970's. Since December 2001 he has been an engineer at the Aomori Contemporary Art Center. He is a member of Marginal Consort.

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"Kazuo Imai (今井 和雄 Imai Kazuo, born September 24, 1955) is a Tokyo-based guitarist who plays in a rigorous and original free improvisation idiom. His music joins the rigour and texture of contemporary classical with the passion of free jazz. He has played with many Western and Japanese improvisers, including Lee Konitz, Barre Phillips, Arthur Doyle, Han Bennink, Irene Schweizer, Shuichi Chino, Tetsu Saitoh and Kazue Sawai. In addition to playing solo and in collaborations, Imai is also a member of the important collective improvisation group Marginal Consort. As well as guitar, Imai also plays viola da gamba.

Born in Kawasaki in 1955, Imai studied with two of post-war Japan's leading musical iconoclasts, Takehisa Kosugi and Masayuki Takayanagi. Imai studied under Kosugi at the Bigakko art school from 1975, and as a graduation project he participated in the East Bionic Symphonia collective improvisation performance and recording. Kosugi invited Imai to play with his well-known mixed media group Taj Mahal Travellers, which he did from 1975 to 1977. Imai also studied under guitar virtuoso Masayuki Takayanagi, and was the only one of Takayanagi's private students to ever graduate. Imai played for several months with Takayanagi's New Directions group in 1976.

Imai withdrew from live performance completely between 1985 and 1991. When he returned it was primarily as a solo performer, at a still ongoing series of self-promoted concerts entitled "Solo Works". From this time he began releasing solo and duo records, and performing with Western musicians who visited Japan, including Lee Konitz, Barre Phillips and Arthur Doyle.

In 1997, Imai was instrumental in reforming East Bionic Symphonia, under the new name of Marginal Consort. The group continue to play one concert each year."

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Masami Tada (多田正美), Born 1953, Isehara City, Kanagawa Pref., Japan, is a member of East Bionic Symphonia, Gap, Marginal Consort.

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Tomonao Koshikawa (越川知尚) is a Japanese musician playing experimental, jazz, rock, Indian classical music and Kanze school Noh theater songs. He studied with Takehisa Kosugi in 1975. He is a member of Marginal Consort.

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