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Tragic Assembly + Tatsuya Nakatani : Live at the Artscenter (Soul City Sounds)

The NC Tragic Assembly free improvising trio of Charles Chace on guitar, Crowmeat Bob on reeds and Phil Venable on upright bass are joined for this 2022 concert at Carrboro, NC's ArtCenter by improvising percussion powerhouse Tatsuya Nakatani, adding sonic expansion and rhythmic punctuation to this trio's typically drum free configuration, heard in four striking improvisations.
 

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Tatsuya Nakatani-percussion

Charles Chace-guitar

Crowmeat Bob Pence-reeds

Phil Venable-upright bass


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UPC: 7554891299913

Label: Soul City Sounds
Catalog ID: SCS_016
Squidco Product Code: 34554

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2024
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina, on November 4th, 2022, by Mike Nicholson.

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"Tragic Assembly continues to delve into the limitless possibilities of free form music on their new album, Tragic Assembly and Tatsuya Nakatani, Live At The ArtsCenter, a performance staged at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC. The session was recorded in 2022, when the trio of Venable, Pence and Chace was in the process of exploring the directions they wanted to consider.

"Our improvised sessions seem to flow effortlessly," Venable said. "Tatsuya [Nakatani] was on tour and joined in for the fun. His drumming added a different dimension and we had a blast. We don't think too much about how we do it. In our music, we try to eliminate the barrier between subconsciousness and expression. It's more about listening and responding, than indulging our egos."-Soul City Records

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Artist Biographies

"Tatsuya Nakatani. Acoustic Sound Artist, Master Percussionist. b. 1970, Osaka Japan

Tatsuya Nakatani is an acoustic sound artist and master percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan. He has released over eighty recordings in North America and Europe. Residing in the USA since the mid-nineties, he has performed countless solo percussion concerts and has collaborated with hundreds of artists in international music festivals, university concert halls, art museums and independent venues. Infamous for his constant touring, Nakatani criss-crosses the country every year inspiring audiences with his pioneering sound. In addition to his solo performances, he conducts the Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO), a mobile community engagement project which organizes local ensembles performing on multiple bowed gongs.Nakatani teaches master classes and workshops at universities, giving students an opportunity to share his unique musical approach and philosophy for creating visceral, non-linear music.

He has created his own instrumentation, effectively inventing many instruments and extended techniques. Utilizing drums, gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, wooden sticks, metal objects, and the bows and mallets he handcrafts in his Kobo; he creates an intense, intuitively primitive, expressive music that defies genre. His work references improvised-experimental music, free jazz, and noise, while still retaining the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music."

-Tatsuya Nakatani Website (http://www.hhproduction.org/tatsuya_bio.html)
4/10/2024

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Charles Chace is a guitarist and artist rom Massachusetts, currently based in North Carolina. His works included multimedia installations. His influences include Robert Johnson, Cecil Taylor, Charlie Christian, Eugene Chadbourne & Derek Bailey. He is known for his multitracking albums under the name The Paul Swest.

-All About Jazz 4/10/2024

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"Upon graduating with a degree in cinema production in the 90's, Crowmeat Bob swiftly went to work at the Record and Tape Exchange and started playing bass and guitar with friends (primarily guitar guru John Aguero) in his parents' basement and in a friend's garage. No gigs were played during those years; they were a freaky little neurotic island in the strip-mall wasteland of northern Virginia. The prevailing aesthetic was some kind of heavy splatterjazz-noise-math-rock-free-improv, with 'frop breaks spent listening intently to all kinds of bidness like electric Miles, Black Sabbath, Messiaen, Sonic Youth, Marc Ribot, Cecil Taylor, Bartok, Last Exit, The Stooges, you name it. He eventually made the move to North Carolina in like '96, where he resides to this day, and picked up sax and bass clarinet while continuing with guitar.

He's played with about a billion bands, either as a composer or sideman, and been gigging on about a weekly basis since settling in the Research Triangle in 2000. Becoming fairly well known as part of the small "free improv" scene there, he was fortunate enough to get to play with a lot of great touring musicians, some of whom you probably revere. And mixing with the indie rockers provided ample opportunity to add sax to various rock'n'roll bands. His playing can be heard on local labels like Merge, Sorry State, and Paradise of Bachelors. Now that he is almost a halfway-decent player and has had a lot of experience writing music for many different kinds of ensembles, he has finally put out a record as a leader: Judge Schreber's Avian Choir is the name he gives to a recurring project that takes slightly different forms, in this case a large string ensemble with a heavy rhythm section."

-Bob Pence 4/10/2024

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"Phil Venable is a Chapel Hill, NC composer and multi-instrumentalist. He plays in numerous groups including Tragic Assembly and The Phil Venable - Paul Swest Duo."

-Soul City Sounds 4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. At Last 05:34

2. Slowly Comprehending 05:35

3. Enjoyment And Illusions 09:31

4. Within Life 09:36

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