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Akiyama, Tetuzi / Anla Courtis: Naranja Songs (Public Eyesore)

Two acoustic guitars collaborate in a beautiful and spare dialog, using extended techniques including bowing and percussive approaches that never detract from the sublime elements of their playing.
 

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Tetuzi Akiyama-acoustic guitar

Anla Courtis-acoustic guitar


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UPC: 888295041324

Label: Public Eyesore
Catalog ID: PE127
Squidco Product Code: 19044

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Naranja Studios in Buenos Aires, Argentina in September 2008.

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"After a sparse and spiky beginning, this meeting of improvising guitarists Tetuzi Akiyama and Anla/Alan Courtis settles into what's almost a groove on "Mind Mochileros", the track that opens an affable sounding collaboration. With Courtis presumably providing the pulse - octaves and broken chords on the lower strings - Akiyama's tautly pulled high notes are surrounded by a heady flow that, solo, his austere playing seems to diametrically oppose.

On "The Citrico Vibe" the two players ripple in and out of one another, fast picked patterns only occasionally disrupted by pauses or clashes like small rocks in a stream. As on his recent collaboration with Tom Carter, Akiyama adds a welcome edge to his partner's softer, more fluid figures. The remaining two tracks - "Springs And Strings" and "Los Frets Nomades", as their titles suggest, see both guitarists delving into the more abstract possibilities of their acoustic guitars, wringing out bowed drones and indefinable percussive sounds.

What holds the album together - aside from the quiet, detailed clarity of the recording - is both guitarists' attention to resonance and sustain, a preoccupation that drives their improvisation and results in sounds both caustic and lovely."-Frances Morgan, The Wire Magazine



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Artist Biographies

"Tetuzi Akiyama (Akiyama Tetsuji) (born 13 April 1964) is a Japanese guitarist, violinist, and instrument-maker. Akiyama formed the improvisation group Madhar in 1987, and the classical ensemble Hikyo String Quintet in 1994 (which also included Taku Sugimoto on cello). In 1995, Akiyama and Sugimoto formed a guitar duo, and played at venues in New York City, Chicago, and Detroit. During this time, Akiyama was also a member of Keiji Haino's Nijiumu outfit. Akiyama also formed Sutekina Tea Time (a duo with Takashi Matsuoka) and Mongoose (a trio with Taku Sugimoto and Utah Kawasaki).

In 1998 Akiyama began organising a monthly concert series, The Improvisation Meeting, with Toshimaru Nakamura. In December 2006 he began a regular duo with Hervé Boghossian (France), they toured in Europe (France, Portugal, Switzerland, England) several times in 2007 (in May, October & December) & also played in Tokyo during Hervé Boghossian Japanese tour in August/September 2008. In 2009 he worked with David Sylvian."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetuzi_Akiyama)
2/21/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Mind Mochileros 14:39

2. Springs And Strings 5:25

3. The Citrico Vibe 8:44

4. Los Frets Nomades 10:59

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