Monday 16 March 2015, 8pm

Photo by Andy Newcombe

Taku Sugimoto & Angharad Davies

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Very pleased to welcome the great Japanese improvisiing guitarist Taku Sugimoto to OTO for the very first time. A pheonomenal solo player, as well as a collaborator with the likes of Otomo Yoshihide, Sachiko M, Keith Rowe and Kevin Drumm, Sugimoto's playing combines a deceptively gentle style with enormous range and depth.

Tonight Taku will be performing a solo set as well as a very special duo performance with great improvising violinist Angharad Davies.

Taku Sugimoto

Taku Sugimoto is a Japanese guitarist. He initially gained attention in the late 1990s for his restrained, melodic playing, unusual in the world of free improvisation. Critic Bruce Russell describes this era of Sugimoto's music by writing: “Sugimoto is perhaps the pre-eminent stylist on the guitar ... He brings a golden glow to every session he partakes in, having abandoned amped up noise in favour of a much more introspective and calligraphic style of play.” Around 2002 his music became increasingly abstract, all but eliminating melody and featuring extended periods of silence.

He has collaborated with other Japanese musicians involved in the Onkyo movement, such as Sachiko M, Toshimaru Nakamura and Otomo Yoshihide. He has also collaborated with musicians from European free improvisation scenes, notably trombonist Radu Malfatti and guitarist Keith Rowe.

Angharad Davies

Angharad Davies is a violinist, one at ease in both improvising and composition, with a wide discography as part of varied range of ensembles and groups. She’s a specialist in the art of ‘preparing’ her violin, adding objects or materials to it to extend its sound making properties. Her sensitivity to the sonic possibilities of musical situations and attentiveness to their shape and direction make her one of contemporary music’s most fascinating figures. 2015 has seen her being commissioned for a new work for “ solo violin and 4 bass amps”  at the Counterflows Festival, Glasgow which was subsequently performed at the  El Nicho Festival, Mexico and Supersonics, Birmingham. She also premiered Eliane Radigue’s new solo for violin, Occam XXII in Mexico.

Angharad Davies