Sunday 8 September 2019, 7.30pm

Photos by Peter Gannushkin / downtownmusic.net

TAKEO MORIYAMA & MASAHIKO SATOH w/ Leon Brichard / Idris Rahman

Delighted to host two seminal figures of Japanese avant garde jazz; Takeo Moriyama (drums) and Masahiko Satoh (piano) following their appearance with Peter Brötzmann as part of his four-day festival here. Leon Brichard and Idris Rahman from Ill Considered will also accompany them on some tracks for what should be an unmissable evening.

Masahiko Satoh

Masahiko Satoh (佐藤 允彦 Satō Masahiko, born 6 October 1941) is a Japanese jazz pianist, composer and arranger.

At the age of 26, Satoh moved to the United States to study at the Berklee College of Music. He stayed for two years, during which he read about composing and arranging. He earned money working in a food shop and playing the piano in a hotel. In 1968 he wrote the music for, and conducted, a series of pieces that were combined with dance and performed in New York. After returning to Japan, he recorded Palladium, his first album as leader, and appeared on a Helen Merrill album.

In his early career in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Satoh played in a free, percussive style. Satoh played at the 1971 Berlin Jazz Festival as part of a trio; he used a then-unusual ring modulator to alter the sound. Also in the early 1970s, he recorded with Attila Zoller, Karl Berger, and Albert Mangelsdorff. He wrote the psychedelic music for the 1973 anime film Belladonna of Sadness...[more]

Takeo Moriyama

Takeo Moriyama (森山 威男 Moriyama Takeo, born January 27, 1945 in Katsunuma (present Kōshū) in Yamanashi Prefecture) is a Japanese jazz drummer.

Moriyama played piano as a child before switching to drums in his late teens. He then attended the Tokyo University of the Arts, taking a degree in percussion performance. He joined Yosuke Yamashita's small group in 1967, and went on several international tours with the group until leaving it in 1975. He moved to Nagoya in 1977 and began leading his own groups. In addition to Yamashita he has performed or recorded with Aki Takase, Akira Miyazawa, Fumio Itabashi, Masahiko Satoh, Peter Brötzmann, Nobuyoshi Ino, Takehiro Honda, and Manfred Schoof.

Idris Rahman

Idris Rahman is a London-based saxophonist, clarinettist, singer, bass-player, composer and producer.

He has co-led the band Soothsayers for nearly two decades and has co-written and co-produced their seven critically acclaimed albums, the most recent released on label Wah Wah 45s. Soothsayers have played at most major UK festivals and have toured widely in Europe and beyond.

Idris is involved in a number of other projects as a performer/composer - he has recently started two new jazz groups, Wildflower and Ill Considered, and is performaing and recording regularly with these - Wildflower's first album was nominated in last years' Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards for Jazz Album of the Year, and Ill Considered was featured in many 'best of 2018' lists.

Idris has performed and recorded with a whole range of artists including Anoushka Shankar, Arun Ghosh, Julia Biel, Osibisa, Ayub Ogada, Childhood as well as with his sister Zoe Rahman, with whom he has toured and recorded extensively.

As well as performing regularly, Idris has a studio in South London where he has produced and mixed many albums, racking up an impressive catalogue including two mercury-nominated albums that he mixed - Melting Pot by Zoe Rahman and Basquiat Strings' debut album - and recent MOBO-nominated album 'Love Letters and Other Missiles' by Julia Biel which he produced.

Idris studied music at Oxford University and has been a teacher and workshop leader for nearly twenty years, working in schools, colleges and universities, teaching instrumental lessons, composition and song writing. He is a co-founder of Brixton-based youth group Youthsayers.

"Idris’s unimpeachable tone and centred ideas make an essential contribution to what could well be seen in the future as one of the best British jazz albums of this period” (Jazzwise).

"Hauntingly beautiful clarinet playing" (bbc.co.uk music reviews)

"Rahman is a revelation - a saxophonist of fascinating creative resource, capable of both raw power and involved delicacy" The Wire

Leon Brichard

Leon Brichard is a French born bass player and producer based in London UK. He is a founding and active member of the bands Ill considered and Wildflower as well as French electro meet post-punk band Madmadmad.

Ill considered have released seven albums since their formation in 2017. Wildflower has release a self titled records in 2017 and have been featured on the Sgt Pepper tribute album ‘impression of pepper’ released by the Impulse Label they are due to release their second album in 2019. Madmadmad has just released their first album.

Leon has also performed, produced and recorded with a wide range of artists including Salif Keita, Rachid Taha, Batida, Melt Yourself Down, Plan B, Bilal, Francois and the atlas mountain, Sara Creative Partners amongst others.