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Daimonji (Hoppy / Yoshida / Nasuno) : Eutopia [3 CDs] (Magaibutsu)

A triple CD from the quartet of Hoppy Kamiyama on keyboards, voice, Tatsuya Yoshida on drums & voice, Mitsuru Nasuno on bass and Kinuzuki on guitar, frequent collaborators in a mostly instrumental setting of high intensity improvised rock forms, three complete sets of dense avant/progressive music with incredible technical dexterity and a twisted creative sense.

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6 panel full color fold out jacket with surface cutouts for each very colorful CD, revealing an image behind each.

Label: Magaibutsu
Catalog ID: MGC-59~61
Squidco Product Code: 29686

Format: 3 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Japan
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
CD 1, tracks 1-4 recorded at O-NEST, in Shibuya, Japana, on April 6th, 2007.

CD 1, tracks 5 and 6 recorded at GOODMAN, in Akihabara, Japan, on March 13th, 2010.

CD 2 recorded at MANDA-LA2, in Kichijoji, Japan, on October 16th, 2006.

CD 3 recorded at STORMY MONDAY, in Kannai, Japan, in March, 2013.


Hoppy Kamiyama-keyboards, voice

Tatsuya Yoshida-drums, voice, recording engineer, mixing, design

Mitsuru Nasuno-bass


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Artist Biographies:

"Hoppy Kamiyama (ホッピー 神山, Hoppī Kamiyama, born 1960) is a Japanese keyboardist and music producer who has worked with artists such as eX-Girl, The Pugs, Bradford Reed, Bill Laswell, Jan Linton, Marc Ribot, Hugh Hopper/Elton Dean and Damo Suzuki.Biography

His record company, God Mountain, was named after the English translation of his family name. God Mountain was established in 1993 after his frustration with EMI pulling two of his albums from sale.

Kamiyama cites Mauricio Kagel, Luciano Berio, Iannis Xenakis and Karlheinz Stockhausen as his influences - artists with a "bizarre sense and distorted feel and touch".

His nickname is derived from Hoppy, a cheap Japanese liquor that he drank during his early professional musician days."

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"Tatsuya Yoshida, born in Kitakami, Iwate is a Japanese musician; drummer and composer who is the only consistent member of the renowned progressive rock duo Ruins, as well as Koenji Hyakkei. He is also a member of the progressive rock trios Korekyojinn and Daimonji. Outside his own groups, Yoshida is renowned for his tenure as drummer in the indie progressive group YBO2, a band also featuring guitarist KK Null, whom he also joins in the current line up of Zeni Geva and he has played drums in a late edition of Samla Mammas Manna. He has been cited as "[the] indisputable master drummer of the Japanese underground". Along with his participation in bands, he has also released several solo recordings."

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"Born November 17, 1963, in Morioka, Iwate prefecture, Mitsuru Nasuno (那須野満, Nasuno Mitsuru) started playing the electric bass at the age of 17, and soon began playing rock music with friends from his high school.

In 1981 Nasuno moved to Kyoto to attend Kyoto Sangyo University, where he joined student bands and played in a variety of pop styles - hard rock, new wave, funk, and so on. He even joined a university big band, and for a time took double bass lessons in order to play big band jazz.

After graduation, Nasuno played in several rock- and funk-oriented bands, such as Schwarz. It was during this period (in 1989) that he met drummer Yasuhiro Yoshigaki, who, with guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi, was planning to form a trio that would have a sound similar to that of the group Power Tools (Bill Frisell, Melvin Gibbs, and Shannon Jackson). Yoshigaki invited Nasuno to join him and Uchihashi, and about a year later - in April 1990 - the trio Altered States gave their first concert, in Kyoto.

For the first three years after the group formed, Nasuno felt unsure about how to adapt his playing style to the ideas of the other members, and he often thought about quitting; but eventually he overcame these difficulties and hit his stride. At first the pieces played by Altered States were mainly based on Uchihashi's compositions. Over time, improvisation made up a greater and greater proportion of their music, and now their live performances are entirely improvised.

Soon after the launching of Altered States, Nasuno became very interested in noise music. In 1993 he and drummer Toru Sanjo formed a band called the Mugamps, which made extensive use of odd rhythms and noise. The band remained together for about a year. In the same period, Nasuno was also a member (for a year) of the underground music band Amaryllis.

Through his activities with Altered States, Nasuno came to be known on the improvised music scene in Japan. In 1994 he became a member, along with Yoshigaki and Uchihashi, of turntable and guitar player Otomo Yoshihide's group Ground-Zero. The group's other members at the time were drummer Masahiro Uemura and bassist Masaki Shimizu (soon to be replaced by sampler player Sachiko M). In '97, Nasuno joined drummer Akira Sotoyama's group Manzokuyama (the other members of which are sax player Naruyoshi Kikuchi and guitarist Akihiro Ishiwatari); and in '98 he participated in drummer Tatsuya Yoshida's trio Korekyojinn, with guitarist Natsuki Kido.

In 1996, Nasuno moved his base of activity from Kyoto to the Tokyo area. In June of '98 he brought together five younger musicians (an alto sax player, two guitarists, a drummer, and a percussionist) and relaunched his band the Mugamps, whose first gig, in Tokyo, featured two guest musicians (a guitarist and a keyboard player).

Since 1993, as a member of Altered States and Ground-Zero, Nasuno has made several concert trips to Europe ('93, '95 and '97) and North America ('95). Among the musicians he has played with are Kazutoki Umezu (reeds), Koichi Makigami (voice), Seiichi Yamamoto (guitar), Atsushi Tsuyama (bass and guitar), Yamatsuka Eye (voice), Tenko (voice), Shuichi Chino (keyboards), Michiyo Yagi (koto), Yumiko Tanaka (shamisen), Hoppy Kamiyama (keyboards), Jon Rose (violin), Ned Rothenberg (reeds), Samm Bennett (percussion), Martin Tetreault (turntables), Leonid Soybelman (guitar and vocal), Jane Scarpantoni (cello), Hugo Fattoruso (keyboards), and Thomas Buckner (vocal)."

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track listing:


1. A. Erewwhon 16:11

2. B. Heliopolis 12:43

3. C. Venusberg 10:21

4. D. Camelot 7:30

5. E. Narnia 10:25

6. F. Auspasia 17:10


1. G. Ici 16:25

2. H. Vanity Fair 13:45

3. I. Armchair Traveler 9:12

4. J. Mines 29:42


1. K. Solenoglypha Polipodida 14:33

2. L. Micos Vulgaris 14:15

3. M. Analepus Commisceos 12:16

4. N. Felis Pennatus 9:24

5. O. Koch Basilosaurus 8:16

6. P. Alopex Stultus 11:38

7. Q. Elephas Fulgens 5:10
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Improvision x Prog-Rock", a marvelous avant-garde trio capital letters by three of Japan's world-class geniuses, since 2006 4th album for the first time in 14 years!

Improvisation and Prog-Rock, a hard-armed Improvisation trio that has combined conflicting concepts by force, capital letters (Tatsuya Yoshida / Hoppy Kamiyama / Mitsuru Nasuno) The long-awaited 4th album for the first time in 14 years!

A set of 3 large-capacity, dense, prog-rock soul bursts that are selected from a large number of live sound sources and released into the blockage situation of the corona wreck!Only disc 3 uses stereo one-shot recording, so you can experience the realism that unfolds in front of you, and at the same time add sharpness to the long street of the 3-disc set! Natsuki Kido (g) also participates in one song!"-from the press release, translated by Google

6 panel full color fold out jacket with surface cutouts for each very colorful CD, revealing an image behind each.
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