Minor Musics Japan: Saritote (Moe Kamura & Taku Sugimoto) + Taku Unami/Takahiro Kawaguchi + Annette Krebs/Taku Sugimoto
Do you think that the mysterious relationship between sounds and silence could possibly give us a new scope for the imperceptible world? Taku Sugimoto
These musicians, associated with the Onkyo group in Tokyo, explore the role of silence in shaping and subverting the musical event. Along with the international composer collective Wandelweiser, of which Malfatti is a member, the Onkyo group and its descendents work in the vein of John Cage, particularly Cage's late "number pieces," where long silences are interspersed with sparse musical events, and many choices are left to the performer.
Onkyo's origin is often traced to improvised performances at the Tokyo venue Off-Site, where Sugimoto was a driving force. After Onkyo became somewhat established, other musicians followed in their wake: Taku Unami, and later Kawaguchi and Kamura. The original concert series, "Meeting at Off-Site," was known for the performers' subtle and quiet playing and the incorporation of prolonged silences into electro-acoustic improvisations.
Their use of silence as foreground, and their sparse, minimal playing deconstructs the traditional correlations between intended sound and its absence, creating a seamless flow of sounds and silences. It is not only music becoming porousthe silence allowing environmental sounds to enter into the compositionbut also a confrontation of the most elemental musical assumption: the difference between sound and silence.
In Saritote, Taku Sugimoto composes and plays guitar; Moe Kamura writes lyrics and sings (and also plays guitar and toy piano). The duo performs songs of about 30 seconds to two minutes in length. In 2007 they released the albumSaritote.
Moe Kamura began her career in 1980, performing in plays and films, singing her own songs at live music venues, and so on. In '86, she and Chan Koyo formed the band Hatorapikara, which released a live CD in '90. After a career break, Kamura resumed her musical activity in 2002. Since then, she has played and collaborated with many outstanding performers and musicians. The year 2007 saw the launch of the project Taku Sugimoto and Moe Kamura.
Taku Sugimoto(Tokyo, Japan) is a guitarist and cellist who plays improvisational music. He has been involved in a number of bands, including the improvisational psychedelic rock group Piero Manzoni, which he co-founded in 1985 with Masaki Bato on bass, Henkyo Gakudan with alto sax player Hiroshi Itsui and guitarist Michio Kurihara, and Tetuzi Akiyama's Hikyo String Quartet. His earlier projects were influenced by the characteristically loud and heavy sounds of the Velvet Underground and MC5, but his later work has evolved to acquire a more subdued and silent aesthetic. In 1991, Sugimoto began playing the cello in the improvised chamber group, Henkyo Gakudan. He released his only solo CD on cello entitledSlubin 1994. Also in the same year, Sugimoto formed the guitar duo Akiyama-Sugimoto with ...
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