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Okuda, Rieko / Antti Virtaranta / Girial Baars: LAB H Tapes (Creative Sources)

Two distinct improvisation from the trio of Japanese musician Rieko Okuda on piano & viola, Finnish musician Antti Virtaranta on double bass, and Russian musician Girilal Baars on voice & objects, the first with Baars primarily focused on free vocals in a Phil Minton-esque mode, the second all instrumental with Baars performing on "old wheel".
 

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UPC: 5609063406344

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs634
Squidco Product Code: 28550

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Aswden Omnikvariatet, in Uppsala, Sweden, on October 10th, 2017, by Girilal Baars.


Personnel:

Rieko Okuda-piano, viola

Antti Virtaranta-double bass

Girilal Baars-voice, old wheel

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Artist Biographies:

Rieko Okuda is a pianist and a composer from Japan. She began to play Classical music at the age of 3. She also studied Music Therapy at Doshisha Women College. Music Therapy led her into Contemporary music and Improvised music. After she graduated from the college, she moved to USA to study Jazz music. She fell right into the Jazz scene in USA, performing with some of the great American Jazz musicians (Bob Mintzer, Jon Faddis, John Fedchock etc) at several jazz festivals such as North Texas Jazz Festival, Nortredam Jazz Festival to name a few. A couple of years later, she got interested in Free Jazz and Improvised music while she was in Phliladelphia. She performed with the great improvisers includes Marshall Allen (from San Ra Orchestra), Elliott Levine (recorded with Cecil Taylor), and Calvin Weston (recorded with Ornette Coleman). Her interests in Improvised music led her to move to Berlin. She performs with various musicians in Berlin ex. Tobias Delius, Axel Dörner, Els Vendaweyer, Linda Frederickson, ect. Also, she collaborates with contemporary dancers such as Yuko Kaseki, Akemi Nagao, and Annapaola Leso (from Sasha Waltz.) She performs at several experimental festivals: A'Larme Festival, JOE Festival Essen, Brda Contemporary Music Festival, XChange Festival, Experymental Festival, Flux Festival, and Soundance Festival to name a few.

In 2017 and 2018, she got the residency in Elektronik Music Studio (EMS) in Stockholm, Sweden. This residency experiences inspired her to Electro-Acoustic field, and she started to invite the electronics to her piano solo pieces. Her first Electro-Acoustic solo album "Paranorm" was released from Japanese record lable, Athor Harmonics, on Feburary 2018. "Paranorm" was performed at Koncertkirken Blagards Plads (DK), Ausland, FLUX Festival (DE), and Vardklockans Församling (SE).

In 2020, she has gotten the residency in Visby International Centere for Composers (VICC) to extend her experience, and find more possibilities to create various sounds and composition techniques.

-Rieko Okuda Website (http://www.riekookuda.com/biography.html)
9/23/2020

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"Antti Virtaranta is a Finnish bassist and composer. He began his music journey at 17 years old focusing on Jazz music, attending University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Quickly he was introduced to free jazz and experimental electronic music, and this changed everything. He moved to Berlin to join the vibrant scene of improvisers, starting projects with many musicians and developing his own sound. Currently he is focused on expressing his voice in music and sound through composition and improvisation. Using his influences from jazz and rock music and self-taught contemporary music, his musical language is formed. Nowadays, his focus is on concepts and compositions for solo bass and solo electronics, and using non-conventional notations. These ideas develop and are imposed into the small groups (duos and trios) and larger ensembles that he is involved with to create instant composition in his varying projects, which include collaborations with dancers and visual artists, on top of the numerous musicians he works with."

-Antti Virtaranta Website (https://avirtmusic.tumblr.com/info)
9/23/2020

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"Girilal Baars - born in Moscow and of Dutch and Indian origin - is a composer and performer. Voice is his main passion and instrument and he performs solo, with the Girilal Baars Trio, and with the vocal quartet Äijä. Girilal interprets and composes around old songs and traditions from many different regions, including Russia, Finland and Tuva. Tuvan throat-singing has been a part of his repertoire ever since his first visit there in

Starting with his purchase of a theremin in 1998, Girilal has increasingly worked with electronic experimental music. In 2008 he wrote and performed Litanies in Zero Kelvin for voice, theremin and electronics. Combining old folk songs with live electronics and the sensibilities of contemporary experimental music was a natural development, having in a sense pursued parallel careers in acoustic ethnic music and experimental electronics for the better part of a decade. Litanies in Zero Kelvin was selected for the Nordic Music Days in Oslo in 2009 and has been downloaded more than 20,000 times since its electronic release on Clinical Archives in 2010.

Aside from regular performances, in 2011 Girilal completed a small solo-tour in Russia, wrote the music and toured with the dance performance Kuu Nukkuu, wrote and recorded the music for the film After Life and wrote and performed the commissioned work Lykanthropos, based on the old Swedish Ballad Varulven. Other commissioned works include Kallocain - an Opera for Two Voices, A Clash of Cymbals, Gracing Space and Light Life.

In 2009, the male vocal quartet Äijä, of which Girilal is a founding member, released the CD Jet- Black. The CD was nominated for the Finnish Etno- EMMA award in 2010. The Regional Council of Uppsala awarded Girilal their two-year artist grant for 2010-2011. He received a compositional grant from STIM in 2010 and has been supported on various occasions by the Swedish Arts Grant and other funding organizations. Girilal is a member of the Society of Swedish Composers (FST)."

-Musikcentrumost.se (https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=2ahUKEwi1qOHo-5_oAhXKVN8KHU9FALIQFjAAegQIARAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.musikcentrumost.se%2F%3Ffid%3D3582&usg=AOvVaw1dSnQXkmR2mAqfD7T0hhxR)
9/23/2020

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track listing:


1 Imprinting 18:25

2 Tangents 18:46
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Two distinct improvisation from the trio of Japanese musician Rieko Okuda on piano & viola, Finnish musician Antti Virtaranta on double bass, and Russian musician Girilal Baars on voice & old wheel, the first with Baars primarily focused on free vocals in a Phil Minton-esque mode, the second all instrumental with Baars performing on "old wheel".

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