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Shiraishi, Tamio: Moon (Relative Pitch)

Known for his resonant solo alto saxophone work, often recording with the New York City subways, this album presents ten unusual duos between Tamio Shiraishi and improvisers on piano, voice, cello, electronics, bass, guitar and sax, with Tim Dahl, Steve Baczkowski, Mico, Mike Sidnam, Austin Sley Julian, Nina Dante, Tara Fenamore, Leila Bordreuil, Chris Libutti, and Ami Yamasaki.

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UPC: 5904224871178

Label: Relative Pitch
Catalog ID: RPR1148
Squidco Product Code: 32484

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Japan, and New York City, between 2012 and 2021.


Tamio Shiraishi-alto saxophone


Leila Bordreuil-cello

Chris Libutti-guitar

Mike Sidnam-electronics

Nina Dante-voice

Austin Sley Julian-guitar

Ami Yamasaki-voice

Tim Dahl-electric Bass

Steve Baczkowski-saxophone

Tara Fenamore-voice

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Shiraishi has worked out of Queens, NY since the early 1990's and regularly plays solo sets in the NYC subway system which have become the stuff of legend. Much of Tamios' solo aesthetic is built off of interactions with a physical space. These ten archival duos represent some of Tamio's work with like-minded improvisors."-Relative Pitch

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"Shiraishi Tamio is a sax player. He was born in Japan, and now he lives in N.Y. He has taken part in various avant-garde movernents in japan. For example he took part in 1st generation of "Hushitusya ", organaized by Keiji Haino.

Also he took part in conspiration "Night of heavenly enema" , historical Japanese avant-garde album. Also he plays in many japanese avant-garde groups, for example Tako, Jagatara..

He often plays sax in outdoor situations in the city. He has performanced sax inprovisation act in N.Y, Berlin, and in Tokyo.

His sax improvisation is quite different from jazz or ordinary "free" musical performance. His playing is not so loud as like as ordinary avant-gard playing. His playing is rather similar to sound of wind, water, and any other natural "noise" sounds."

-Japanoise (

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Mico, aka Takahashi Michiko is a Japanese performance artist and musician based in New York City. She is known for the groups Ki, and No-Neck Blues Band.

-Discogs (

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"Leila Bordreuil is a Brooklyn based cellist and composer from Aix-en-Provence, France. She works in the realm of Noise music, improvisation, New Music and sound-art. Her cello playing is often improvised, and mainly focuses on texture variations and a collage of phantom overtones and pitched utterances. Through an original vocabulary of extended techniques, preparations, and imaginative amplification methods, her instrument is used as an abstract resonant body to challenge conventional cello practice. Her composed works draw from a similar texture-based musical aesthetic, but also focus on the relationship between sound and space. In her site-specific electro-acoustic compositions, architecture is the foundation of the piece and musicality arises from an organized spacialization of sound.

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As per the tradition of improvised music, Leila has maintained a very active concert schedule sharing the stage with a wide range of artists including Marina Rosenfeld, Eli Keszler, Tom Chiu (Flux quartet), Anthony Coleman, Peter Evans, Nate Wooley, SENYAWA, C. Spencer Yeh, Toshimaru Nakamura, Tetuzi Akiyama, Susan Alcorn, Ingrid Laubrock, Zeena Parkins, Bill Nace, Lee Ranaldo, Weasel Walter, Kim Gordon, Chris Corsano, and more.

Notable venues where she has performed include The Whitney Museum, The Kitchen, MoMA PS1, Issue Project Room, the Stone, Roulette, Pioneer Works, Cafe Oto (London, UK), All Ears Festival (Oslo, NO), Ausland (Berlin, DE), Ftarri (Tokyo, JP), the Heresy Series for Women in Sound (Manila, PHL), and many basements across the U.S.

Leila is a 2017 MacDowell Fellow in Composition, and was a 2016 artist-in-residence at Issue Project Room."

-Leila Bordreuil Website (

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Chris Libutti is a Brooklyn based noise and drone artists using guitars, electronics, field recordings, various gadgets.

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"Soprano/vocalist Nina Dante is a soloist, chamber musician, improviser and composer. Musical experimentation and the continual discovery of the voice's emotive power and technical ability are the inspiring forces behind her work. Her current work and artistic practices are rooted in the lush, animate landscape of the Pacific Northwest, and are dedicated to deepening communication with, exchange with, knowing of, and personal relationship with the local wilderness.

Hailed for her "amazing performance of vocal versatility by a uniquely gifted young artist" (Chicago Classical Review), Dante has performed at/for the Long Beach Opera, Resonant Bodies Festival, BAM, Lampo, Issue Project Room, Roulette, the Kitchen, National Sawdust, the University of Chicago's Contempo, the Mexican Cultural Institute, Performa, Indexical, Visiones Sonoras, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo, the Experimental Sound Studio, the 113 New Music Festival, New Music Miami, the Latino Music Festival, the Frequency Festival, Festival Interfaz, the Poetry Foundation, and the Renaissance Society, among others.

Dante is co-founder, co-director and soprano of the avant garde chamber ensemble Fonema Consort, which has a special focus on presenting innovative new works for the voice in a chamber setting, and on presenting the works of Latin American composers. Her recordings with Fonema can be found on New Focus Recordings and Parlour Tapes+.

With Fonema and as a soloist, Dante has given been in residence and given performances at Oberlin Conservatory, Columbia University, Harvard University, UC Berkeley, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, Scripps College, UNAM, the 113 Composers Collective, and New England Conservatory, among others.

Dante's recent compositions have been featured on the Resonant Bodies Festival, the ESS Quarantine Concerts, Sō Percussion's Brooklyn Bound, Indexical, the Center for New Music, the 113 Twin Cities New Music Festival and the Essential Indexical recent release Early MMXVIII."

-Nina Dante Website (

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Austin Sley Julian, aka Sunk Heaven, is a Mixed Media / Video Artist / Performer. He holds a Bachelors in Fine Art at Bard College 2011 (Art Achievement Award 2010), and graduated from High School of Art and Design 2007 as a Valedictorian. He has held a residency at Pioneer Works Performance Residency Jan 2021, and Issue Project Room AIR Program 2021. He is known for the group The Sediment Club.

-Austin Sley Julian Website (

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"Ami Yamasaki is a vocalist and cross-media artist from Tokyo. Yamasaki creates installations, performance pieces and directs films. With primal vocals and movement, she explores the possibilities of a deeper understanding towards the mechanism of the world. In 2017 she was invited to New York by Asian Cultural Council as its grantee, in 2018 was invited to the Philippines as Asian Fellow of Asia Center Japan Foundation. She mainly performs in Japan, but has recently staged work in the U.S at "Sounds to Summon the Japanese Gods" at Japan Society in 2016, and in the Philippines "Ephemaral Knots" at VIVA EXCON 2018 CAPIZ Biennale in 2018. Her main solo show have included "Signs of voices" (2016, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto), and group shows include "Tokyo Experimental Festival vol.09 " (2014, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo), "Exchange-planting a seed" (2013, Aomori Contemporary Art center, Aomori) and "Sonic City 2013 Liquid Architecture" (2013, RMIT, Melbourne). Her work is diverse and prolific; ranging from the collaborations with Keiji Haino, Yasunao Tone, Akira Sakata, and Ryuichi Sakamoto, workshops at The National Museum of Art Osaka, and Arts Maebashi, as well as television and film appearances as a narrator and voice foley for "MORIBITO Ⅱ" (NHK, 2017) . She presented a TEDx talk at TEDxTokyo yz in 2016."

-Ami Yamasaki Website (

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"Tim Dahl is a professional electric and double bass player, vocalist, keyboardist and composer living in New York City. He is best known as the bass player of the noise-rock band Child Abuse and Lydia Lunch's Retrovirus. He also writes and performs for the jazz ensemble Pulverize The Sound.

Dahl has toured extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. He has performed with many notable musicians, composers and performers including Yusef Lateef, Archie Shepp, Eugene Chadbourne, Tatsuya Yoshida, Von Freeman, Stanley Jordan, Mary Halvorson, Malcolm Mooney, Marc Ribot, Brian Chase, Hamid Drake, Elliott Sharp, Weasel Walter, Marni Nixon, Peter Evans, Kevin Shea, Mick Barr, Lydia Lunch, Jan Terri, The Bureau of Atomic Tourism, Ava Mendoza etc.

As a bass player he is notable for unique style and technical savviness. Clifford Allen of Tiny Mixtapes' wrote "Tim Dahl [...] approaches his well-worn axe with a battery of pedals and loops, combining determinate speed with murkier sonics to create a landscape not unlike a harsh, speed-freak variant on Hugh Hopper."

Dahl currently lives in Brooklyn and is an active member in the music scene there."

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"Steve Baczkowski is an improviser, saxophonist, and multi-wind instrumentalist. Baczkowski began playing alto saxophone at age eight and switched to baritone by the time he was twelve. He studied music in high school at Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts and went on to studies in music, saxophone performance, literature, and ethnomusicology at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1994 to 1999. In 1999, Baczkowski became the music director of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, N.Y, where he has since produced and presented hundreds of concerts of contemporary music as well as numerous community-based artist residencies.

In addition to organizing multiple ensembles, such as the Buffalo Improvisers Orchestra, and the Buffalo Suicide Prevention Unit, Baczkowski also performs with the 12/8 Path Band, Genkin Philharmonic, Ubudis Quartet, Rey Scott's Unusually Different, in duos with percussionists Ravi Padmanabha and John Bacon and guitarists Bill Nace, Omar Tamez, and Bill Sack and in numerous other ensembles as well as solo. He has collaborated with many renowned musicians and has appeared at festivals in North America, Mexico, and Europe."

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Track Listing:

1. Duo with Mico 4:22

2. Duo with Leila Bordreuil 6:47

3. Duo with Chris LiButti 3:27

4. Duo with Mike Sidnam 4:37

5. Duo with Nina Dante 3:58

6. Duo with Austin Sley Julian 5:16

7. Duo with Ami Yamasaki 4:06

8. Duo with Tim Dahl 4:32

9. Duo with Steve Baczkowski 4:24

10. Duo with Tara Fenamore 5:24

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