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Takahashi, Yuji / Sabu Toyozumi: The Quietly Clouds And A Wild Crane (NoBusiness)

Better known for his work in avant compositional forms, both his own and as an interpreter of Xenakis and Toru Takemitsu, pianist Yuji Takahashi joined Japanese free jazz legendary percussionist Sabu Toyozumi in 1998 for this fully improvised live concert at C・S・Aka Renga, in Yamaguchi City, Japan, released in a collaboration with the Chap Chap label.
 

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Yuji Takahashi-piano, percussion

Sabu Toyozumi-drums, percussion


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Label: NoBusiness
Catalog ID: NBCD 156
Squidco Product Code: 32528

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Lithuania
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded live at C S Aka Renga, in Yamaguchi City, Japan, on March 16th, 1998, by Takeo Suetomi.

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Better known for his work in avant compositional forms, both his own and as an interpreter of Xenakis and Toru Takemitsu, pianist Yuji Takahashi joined Japanese free jazz legendary percussionist Sabu Toyozumi in 1998 for this fully improvised live concert at C・S・Aka Renga, in Yamaguchi City, Japan, released in a collaboration with the Chap Chap label.

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"Yuji Takahashi is a Japanese composer, performer, pianist and author. He studied piano under Roh Ogura and Minao Shibata and composition with Iannis Xenakis. He lived in Europe from 1963 to 1966 where he worked with Iannis Xenakis. He gave the first performance of Xenakis' Herma and Eonta, both of which were written for Takahashi. In fact, his influence in suggesting to Xenakis the potential of extraordinary athleticism in performance demands, was an important influence on this European master. After a period of time in Europe and the United States, during which he was the primary exponent of the music of Xenakis and Toru Takemitsu, Takahashi returned to Japan where he became a political activist, and cult figure while continuing his pianistic and compositional career. Between 1974-76 he edited the quarterly publication TranSonic. In 1976 he collaborated with the painter Tomiyama Taeko producing several narrative works with slides and music. From 1978-1985 Takahashi worked with the Suigyû Band (Water Buffalo Band) doing Asian protest songs and publishing the monthly magazine Suigyû Tsûshin. From 1990-2008 he has composed for voices and for Japanese traditional instruments. He has also, recently recorded Bach's Goldberg Variations, and Schubert's Die Winterreise."

-Mode Records (https://moderecords.com/profiles/yujitakahashi/)
2/16/2024

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"Yoshisaburo "Sabu" Toyozumi (born Tsurumi, Yokohama, 1943) is one of the small group of musical pioneers who comprised the first generation playing free improvisation music in Japan. As an improvising drummer he played and recorded with many of the key figures in Japanese free music including the two principal figures in the first generation, Masayuki Takayanagi and Kaoru Abe from the late 1960s onwards. He is one of a very few of this circle who are still alive and engaged in playing this music today.

Toyozumi features on numerous commercially available recordings with many of the most notable Japanese and international improvising musicians including Derek Bailey, Mototeru Takagi, Misha Mengelberg, Peter Brötzmann, Keiji Haino, Otomo Yoshihide, Tom Cora and Fred Van Hove.

In 1971 he became the only non-American member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians(AACM)). He dedicated his first record as a leader, Sabu - Message to Chicago, to compositions by AACM members, and in 1992 toured and recorded with AACM trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith.

Toyozumi has been instrumental in bringing many European and American improvisers to Japan including Derek Bailey, Misha Mengelberg and Sunny Murray.

In 2005 British improvising guitarist and promoter John Russell arranged a two-day event dedicated to Toyozumi in which the drummer performed in different groupings with 14 musicians from the London improvised music scene including, most notably, Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, Phil Minton, John Edwards and Steve Beresford. The Wire described his playing at this time as follows: "He's busy, but there's always space between his notes, and he avoids the flashy technical solution to musical problems. His playing is crisp and dramatic, with a very occasional use of repetition to spark a climax. If it's possible for a drum kit to ask awkward questions, Toyozumi seems to be doing it".

In an interview with Cadence Magazine in 1988 Toyozumi makes clear the importance of his relationship with nature as an influence on his playing and Clive Bell writing in The Wire in 2005 notes "his devotion to the way of Watazumido, the late shakuhachi player and Zen master, whose performances mixed martial arts and music in a bizarre cocktail of discipline and craziness".

In 2009 he returned to London to feature as one of the players in Russell's improvisation festival Fete Quaqua which was recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3. He continues to tour widely and in the past year or so has performed in Belgium and France, Chile, Taiwan, England, Philippines and Greece. He also performs from time to time with the legendary Japanese noise group Hijokaidan. Currently he can be found performing on the erhu - a two-stringed Chinese violin - as often as playing the drums."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabu_Toyozumi)
2/16/2024

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1. Lovely Silver 6.000 km 33:43

2. Shoulder Blade And Hip Joint 29:14

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