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Akiyama / Field / Vidic: Interpersonal Subjectivities (Astral Spirits)

The Field/Vidic duo of Slovenian saxophonist based in Switzerland Gregor Vidic and London born drummer Niclas Field is expanded with Japanese free improvising guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama, recording at Gok Sound in Tokyo in 2017 for three exceptional and suspenseful and electroacoustic improvisations, merging melodic and abstract approaches in uniquely detailed ways.

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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS117CD
Squidco Product Code: 28372

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded at Gok Sound, in Tokyo, Japan, on July 19th, 2017, by Yoshiaki Kondo.


Tetuzi Akiyama-electric guitar

Nicolas Field-drums, percussion

Gregor Vidic-tenor saxophone

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"The trio of guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama, saxophonist Gregor Vidic, and drummer Nicolas Field introduces Akiyama to Vidic and Field's standing duo. The result is a magnificent set of exploratory improvisation. Vidic and Field's playing has a rich, textural quality, developed through their use of timbre and dynamics. In this way, Akiyama's multiphonic approach to guitar, and his innovative use of effects, offset's Vidic brilliantly. Over the course of 45 minutes, Akiyama, Vidic, and Field generate a nervy tension, walking razor thin lines, such as the ones threaded through the middle of "Inner Circle." In keeping with the overall Astral Spirits aesthetic, and as a capstone to their anniversary year, the trio's music is at times stateless, at other times murky and brooding, and yet it's always highly engaging, rich and thrilling."-Lee Rice Epstein, The Free Jazz Collective

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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."

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"Nicolas Field is born in London in 1975. He studied drums and percussion at the Amsterdam Conservatorium (1996-2002), sonology at The Hague Conservatorium (1997-2002) and "Art and media" at HEAD in Geneva (2007-2009). He has received multiple awards and was artist in residence at the Swiss Institute in Rome (2010-11), AirAntwerpen (2011), Belluard Bollwerk international (2013&2014) and Johannesburg South-Africa (2015).

Early 2000, he starts travelling through Europe as a drummer with different bands (improvised music, contemporary music and jazz). Over time and tours, that also take him to the US, Japan, Corea and Australia, Nicolas Field collaborates with musicians such as Tetuzi Akyama (guitar), Akira Sakata (saxophone), Otomo Yoshihide (guitar), Keiji Haino (guitar), the band Cactus Truck, Didi Bruckmayr (vocals), Jacques Demierre (piano), Gilles Aubry (electronics) or Fritz Welch (drums/vocals).

In parallel, in 2008, Nicolas Field starts building his first visual art works, taking the shape of sound installation. His works has been shown in particular at the Maison d'Ailleurs in Yverdon (2008 - Think Thrice), at Lift Geneva (2010- Think Thrice), at the Design biennale in St-Etienne (2010 - Think Thrice), at Crisalide Festival in Forli (2011 - Shimmering Beast), at Burgtheater in Vienna (2012 - Shimmering Beast), at the "Corpo 6" gallery in Berlin (2012 - Making a mess for the masses) and at Netwerk-center for contemporary art in Aalst (2014 - Shimmering Beast and All Tones).

Since 2006, Nicolas Field has been working for dance and theater. In 2012, he composes music for "Caligula" directed by Jan Lauwers (Needcompany) at the Burgtheater in Vienna. In 2014, he is also part of Marie-Caroline Hominal's project "Ballet" at the Bâtie Festival. He is presently working on a new production with Needcompany and Maison DahlBonnema "Rhythm conference feat. InnerSplits"."

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"Vidic Gregor, born in Koper / Slovenia, the 30th October 1984, were raised up from a couple of Yugoslavian/Slovenian parents. At the time of his birth Yugoslavia was still an European reality and thanks to his mixed family he always kept an opened eye on the roots and cultural background of his native country.

Has been living in Locarno, Switzerland, since age 7 and went to school and graduate there. Started playing guitar and drums at early age and then saxophone at 18. Few years after he mooved to Lausanne first, then in Geneva, to increase his saxophones skills and had the chance to study jazz saxophone and composition with Maurice Magnoni and Ohad Talmor. Based in Geneva since then, he has joined the association and Jazz Club AMR, thus having the chance to be part of the concert programming team.

In January 2016 he got the opportunity for a residence in NYC, he took few lessons with Ellery Eskelin and played with Angelica Sanchez and Tom Rainey. During the following years he begun an international carrear, playing all along Europe, in the USA and in Japan.

One of his main projects is the FIELD / VIDIC duo with Nicolas Field on drums & percussions, they released their first record in 2017 " Do You Have a Room? " and recorded an album with the Japanese guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama, " Interpersonal Subjectivities " for the Texas based label Astral Spirits.

He is or was active in the Switzerland musical scene ( avant-garde, Free-Jazz and Improvised music ) in projects like "Convulsif BigBand", "Maria Liebera", "IMO", "Spark Five", etc. From 2015 he's touring around the world collaborating with musician as Hugo Antunes (bass), Albert Cirera (sax), Flo Stoffner (guitar - CH), Leo Svirsky (piano - USA), Jasper Stadhouders (guitars - NL), Dirar Kalash (saxophones, piano, oud, electronics - PS), Markus Krispell (saxophones - A), Michael Foster (saxophones - USA), Andreas Fulgosi (guitars - CH), Brandon Lopez (bass - USA), George Hadow (drums - UK), Thomas Florin (piano - CH), etc.

His musical approach is strictly releated to the conteporary improvisation tendences, from USA free-jazz to contemporary European free improvisation. His influences is based and inspired by musicians as John Coltrane, Derek Bailey, Albert Ayler or Jimi Hendrix and among most conteporary ones like Evan Parker, Henry Threadgill, Loren Connors, Ellery Eskelin, or Mats Gustafsson."

-Vidic Gregor Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Wandering 17:32

2. Synchronous Ancestor 9:00

3. Inner Circle 18:48

Related Categories of Interest:

Free Improvisation
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Trio Recordings
Asian Improvisation & Jazz
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms

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