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Nakamura, Toshimaru  / English (Joe Foster / Bonnie Jones): One Day (erstwhile)

EA-improv minimalist Toshimaru Nakamura with English (Joe Foster/Bonnie Jones) in a recording made in Tokyo while the three were touring South Korea and Japan in 2007.

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Label: erstwhile
Catalog ID: Erstwhile 053
Squidco Product Code: 9775

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel


Toshimaru Nakamura

Joe Foster

Bonnie Jones

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"Toshimaru Nakamura is a Japanese musician, active in free improvisation and Japanese onkyo.

He began his career playing rock and roll guitar, but gradually explored other types of music, even abandoning guitar, and started working on circuit bending. He uses a mixing console as a live, interactive musical instrument: "Nakamura plays the 'no-input mixing board', connecting the input of the board to the output, then manipulating the resultant audio feedback."

Nakamura's music has been described as "sounds ranging from piercing high tones and shimmering whistles to galumphing, crackle-spattered bass patterns."

Nakamura founded the ensemble A Paragon of Beauty in 1992. He has recorded solo albums, worked as a session musician, and collaborated with artists including Sachiko M ("a kindred spirit"), Otomo Yoshihide, Keith Rowe, John Butcher, Nicholas Bussmann, Taku Sugimoto, Tetuzi Akiyama, dancer Kim Ito, and drummer Jason Kahn."

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"Joe Foster was born in California in 1972, lives in Seoul, and plays improvised music. His main collaborators have been J.P. Jenkins, Bryan Eubanks, Bonnie Jones (as the duo English), Hong Chulki, Choi Joonyong, Ryu Hankil, and Kevin Parks, but that's really not all. He's been in the groups Super Unity, Peevish, Don Brown and Dan Reynolds, and English, and has released CDRs, CDs, a USB, online stuff, and a cassette."

-Joe Foster Website (

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track listing:

1. Ong Time 20:39

2. Plant Signs 20:01

3. The Color Of 15:58
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"Toshimaru Nakamura, English (Joe Foster/Bonnie Jones)

In the summer of 2007, Jones visited Foster in South Korea and did a series of shows there and in Japan, both as English and in other combinations. While they were in Tokyo, they made time in their schedule to spend a day recording with Nakamura, and “One Day” documents the results, as captured by recording engineer Taku Unami. Three lengthy improvisations showcase a unique collective aesthetic, dense and organic, pointillistic but rough, focused but not overly polished. The gorgeous textures of the design come from original drawings by Baltimore artist Erin Womack.

Toshimaru Nakamura is one of the most distinguished and original voices in the world of electroacoustic improvisation, with a vast body of work built up over the past decade. The duo of English, Joe Foster and Bonnie Jones, formed in 2004 in Seoul, and have developed their aesthetic ever since, whenever possible given their bi-continental status (Foster lives in Seoul and Jones in Baltimore). In the summer of 2007, the trio played together in Tokyo for the first time, one concert followed by one day of studio recordings, and the latter became "One Day".

Since 1998, Nakamura has been exploring the possibilities of his no-input mixing board in contexts ranging from solo to collaborations with Keith Rowe, Sachiko M, Sean Meehan, Klaus Filip and Axel Dörner. Nakamura was a prominent presence throughout the AMPLIFY 2002 box set, appearing on five of the seven CDs, and an integral part of the Good Morning Good Night, ErstLive 005 and 4g releases. Currently in preparation are an ErstSolo release, as well as a duo CD with brilliant vocalist Ami Yoshida.

Foster began improvising in the Portland scene in the late nineties, beginning long-term partnerships with Bryan Eubanks and J.P. Jenkins. In 2002, he moved to Seoul, and has become an integral part of the burgeoning scene there. He’s had a number of superb self-released discs over the last few years, most notably his solo ‘Ethics’, his duo with Kevin Parks (‘ipsi sibi somnia fingunt’), and two duo English releases with Bonnie Jones. A third English release is in preparation for fall 2008 release.

Jones was born in South Korea, raised in New Jersey, and currently resides in Baltimore. Her instrument of choice is the circuit boards of digital delay pedals, and her primary projects are English and a duo with Andy Hayleck. Besides the aforementioned English releases, she also has an essential solo 3” on EMR (Vines) and an untitled duo CD-R with Hayleck."-Erstwhile Records

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