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Sakata, Akira / Toshimaru Nakamura / Raiga Hayashi: Kinjo no Tabibito (Meenna)

A wild live improvisation at Apollo, in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo from legendary Japanese reedist Akira Sakata on alto sax and clarinet, Raiga Hayashi on drums, and Toshimaru Nakamura on no-input mixing board, the latter adding unusual electronic elements to otherwise characteristically energetic free jazz from the Tokyo scene, making this a wonderfully unique album.
 

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Akira Sakata-alto saxophone, clarinet, narration

Toshimaru Nakamura-no input mixing board

Raiga Hayashi-drums


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Label: Meenna
Catalog ID: meenna-953
Squidco Product Code: 34199

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Japan
Packaging: Cardboard Sleeve, Sealed
Recorded live at Apollo, in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, Japan, on March 5th, 2023,.

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"Three musicians of different generations came together to form this unusual free jazz trio. Comprised of veteran musician Akira Sakata (alto sax, clarinet, narration), noted young drummer Raiga Hayashi, and Toshimaru Nakamura (no-input mixing board) who has been active on the improvised music scene inside and outside Japan since the 1990's this much-talked-about band performs mainly

"Three musicians of different generations came together to form this unusual free jazz trio. Comprised of veteran musician Akira Sakata (alto sax, clarinet, narration), noted young drummer Raiga Hayashi, and Toshimaru Nakamura (no-input mixing board) who has been active on the improvised music scene inside and outside Japan since the 1990's this much-talked-about band performs mainly at live music venues in the Tokyo area.

Naturally, their performances contain the furiousness and wildness characteristic of free jazz, but they also pulsate in a phantasmagoric way as they move forward. And Nakamura's effectively released electronic noise unusual in free jazz solidifies the trio's distinctive character. The two tracks on this album document a live performance that took place at Apollo, Tokyo, on March 5, 2023."-Ftarri

at live music venues in the Tokyo area.

Naturally, their performances contain the furiousness and wildness characteristic of free jazz, but they also pulsate in a phantasmagoric way as they move forward. And Nakamura's effectively released electronic noise unusual in free jazz solidifies the trio's distinctive character. The two tracks on this album document a live performance that took place at Apollo, Tokyo, on March 5, 2023."-Ftarri"


Artist Biographies

"Akira Sakata (坂田明; born 21 February 1945 in Kure, Hiroshima) is a Japanese free jazz saxophonist.

Sakata began studying music seriously at high school, where he played clarinet.[1] He played alto sax in a jazz band when at Hiroshima University.[1] He trained as a marine biologist.

Sakata joined the Yamashita Yosuke Trio from 1972 till 1979 and toured internationally with them. In 1986, he performed with Last Exit with Bill Laswell. This performance was released as 1987's Noise of Trouble: Last Exit Live in Tokyo. Laswell went on to play bass on and produce Sakata albums such as Mooko, Silent Plankton and Fisherman's.com, the last of which also featured the reclusive Pete Cosey (who had worked with Miles Davis) on guitar.[2]

In 1994, Sakata organized a one-month tour of Uzbekistan, Mongolia and China with the Flying Mijinko Band, consisting of 14 members from Japan, Africa and America. Some of those included were Laswell, Anton Fier and Foday Musa Suso.

He has more recently worked with DJ Krush[3] and Chikamorachi (Darin Gray and Chris Corsano)."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_Sakata)
2/26/2024

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"Toshimaru Nakamura is a Japanese musician, active in free improvisation and Japanese onkyo.

He began his career playing rock and roll guitar, but gradually explored other types of music, even abandoning guitar, and started working on circuit bending. He uses a mixing console as a live, interactive musical instrument: "Nakamura plays the 'no-input mixing board', connecting the input of the board to the output, then manipulating the resultant audio feedback."

Nakamura's music has been described as "sounds ranging from piercing high tones and shimmering whistles to galumphing, crackle-spattered bass patterns."

Nakamura founded the ensemble A Paragon of Beauty in 1992. He has recorded solo albums, worked as a session musician, and collaborated with artists including Sachiko M ("a kindred spirit"), Otomo Yoshihide, Keith Rowe, John Butcher, Nicholas Bussmann, Taku Sugimoto, Tetuzi Akiyama, dancer Kim Ito, and drummer Jason Kahn."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toshimaru_Nakamura)
2/26/2024

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"Raiga Hayashi (林 頼我) was born in 1999 in Tokyo.

Started his professional career from 11 years old with the Punk band and at the age, he studied under the Terumasa Hino world-famous jazz trumpeter. From junior high school student, after school, he played drums with Eiichi Hayashi and Junji Mori who are free jazz maestro almost every night at the concerts as professional.

He Went to Tokyo Metropolitan Sougou Geijyutsu High School Percussion instrument department, studied classical music theory and classical percussions.

He played with not only jazz musicians but also classical musicians, noise musicians, hip-hop musicians, and contemporary dancers.

His drumming is sharp, speedy but so unique and very original."

-Wikipedia (https://raigahayashi.wixsite.com/drums/about)
2/26/2024

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Track Listing:



1. 1st Set 26:01

2. 2nd Set 27:37

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Asian Improvisation & Jazz
Trio Recordings
New in Improvised Music

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