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Ishito, Ayumi: The Spacemen Vol. 2 (577 Records)

Somewhere between Acid Mothers, 70s Miles or Sun Ra's Arkestra, NY-based Japanese saxophonist Ayumi Ishito's second Spacemen volume with Theo Woodward on synth & vocals, Nebula and the Velvet Queen on theremin, Jake Strauss on guitar & bass and Steven Bartishev on drums, lives up to it's cosmic moniker through exploratory improv blurring jazz, electronica and psych.
 

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Ayumi Ishito-tenor saxophone

Theo Woodward-synthesizer, vocals

Nebula and the Velvet Queen-theremin

Jake Strauss-guitar, bass

Steven Bartishev-drums


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UPC: 755491262986

Label: 577 Records
Catalog ID: CD-577R-5872
Squidco Product Code: 32776

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at The Bunker Studio, in Brooklyn, New York, on December 6th, 2020, by Nolan Thies.

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"The Spacemen is an elegant approximation of Ayumi's interstellar imagination. Where the first edition of this project was more upbeat, propelled by an exploratory excitement, the second installment is even more reflective, heavily reliant on ambient open space.

Led by Ayumi Ishito (Tenor Saxophone) alongside Theo Woodward (Synthesizer, Vocals), Nebula and the Velvet Queen (Theremin), Jake Strauss (Guitar, Bass), and Steven Bartishev (Drums). The album's seven tracks are avantgarde, combining electronic base layers and acoustic overlay. The sound is cosmic and introspective, blending improvisational jazz, electronica, and otherworldly vocals.

This project marks Ayumi Ishito's second release with 577 Records, following the first installation of The Spacement and a collaboration with Daniel Carter, Open Question, Vol. 1, earlier this year."-577 Records


Artist Biographies

"Ayumi Ishito was born and raised in Ishikawa, Japan. At the age of 19, she began playing tenor saxophone in a college big band at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.

In 2007, Ayumi received a scholarship to attend Berkee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She spent three years there studying performance and composition. At Berklee, she studied with George Garzone, Hal Crook, and Frank Tiberi.

After graduating from Berklee, Ayumi moved to New York in 2010. Currently, Ayumi is a regular member of The Jazz Thieves, GADADU, The Eighty-pound Pug, Platypus Revenge and Big Squid performing and recording for numerous projects. As a member of the Jazz Thieves, she performed at renowned music festivals around east coast such as Burlington Discover Jazz Festival (VT '18), River Jazz Festival (PA '17, '19), and Sowebo Arts and Music Festival (MD '17).

In 2017, Ayumi joined Marc Edwards & Slipstream Time Travel led by Marc Edwards, former drummer of the Cecil Taylor's band. She has also worked with several renowned musicians and artists in New York's creative music scene such as Daniel Carter, Dave Sewelson, Elliott Levin and Steve Dalachinsky.

Ayumi has been leading her own group since 2011. She released two albums, "View From A Little Cave" (2016) and "Midnite Cinema" (2019), that consist of all her original compositions. The albums are receiving a lot of attention from home and abroad and have been featured on national and international music blogs including Jazz Trail, Bandcamp Daily, Divide and Conquer, The Family Review, Left Bank Magazine, Odd Creative, and Disk Union, just to name a few. In December 2019, Ayumi was invited to WFMU-FM's radio program "Give the Drummer Radio" as a guest musician and talked about her music and performed live with the host saxophonist Dave Sewelson."

-Ayumi Ishito Website (https://www.ayumiishito.com/about)
6/19/2024

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"Nebula and the Velvet Queen is a cosmic love poet and theremin player from the Andromeda Galaxy."

-Nebula and the Velvet Queen Bandcamp (https://nebulathevelvetqueen.bandcamp.com/)
6/19/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Liquid Bends Light 4:56

2. Focused Intent 7:43

3. Distant Canopy 6:42

4. Marsh Vocab 1:38

5. No Risk 3:57

6. Reflected Diffusion 8:38

7. Illuminated Futures 5:14

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