Sunday 14 February 2016, 4pm
Extremely rare London performance from Japanese drummer/percussionist Toshi Tsuchitori, performing this afternoon both solo and in a trio with Ute Kanngiesser (cello) and Seymour Wright (saxophone).
Born in Kagawa, Japan in 1950, Toshi Tsuchitori has worked with Milford Graves, Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Steve Lacy, and theatre director Peter Brook, to name just a few. From the 1980s to 2002, he recorded four works that explore ancient Japanese instruments: “Dōtaku: Ancient Japanese Bronze Bells from Yayoi Period (b.c. 400 - a.d. 250)”, “Sanukaito: Stone Sounds of the Paleolithic Era in Japan”, “Jōmonko: Pottery Drums of Jōmon Period (b.c. 3000 - b.c. 2500)” and “The Sounds of Prehistoric Painted Cave: Playing in the Cave of Cougnac, France”, and he continues his extensive research on Asian and African music and dance to this day.
Please note that this is an afternoon show. The schedule will be as follows:
4.30–5pm: Toshi Tsuchitori (solo drum set)
5.15–6pm: Toshi Tsuchitori / Ute Kanngiesser / Seymour Wright (trio)
Ute Kanngiesser has played cello since early childhood, and for more than a decade, has only played unscripted, improvised music - solo and in collaboration with other musicians and composers in London and internationally. An important part of her work has developed in relationship to other art forms such as writing, dance, film, and site specific performance. More recently, she has begun to experiment with open form compositions, writing semi-graphic scores as a way of recording music, that can be retrieved later on and in new ways.
Recent collaborations have been with Evie Ward, Daniel Blumberg, Billy Steiger, Tom Wheatley, Crystabel Riley, Seymour Wright, Paul Abbott, Keira Greene, John Butcher, Eddie Prévost and Jennifer Allum.
Seymour Wright’s work is about the creative, situated friction of learning, ideas, people and the saxophone – music, history and technique – actual and potential.
His solo work is documented on three widely-acclaimed collections - Seymour Wright of Derby (2008), Seymour Writes Back (2015) and Is This Right? (2017).
Current projects include: abaria with Ute Kanngiesser; [Ahmed] with Antonin Gerbal, Joel Grip and Pat Thomas; @xcrswx with Crystabel Riley; GUO with Daniel Blumberg; The Experimental Library with Evie Ward; XT with Paul Abbott; a trans-atlantic duet with Anne Guthrie, and, with Jean-luc Guionnet a project addressing an imaginary lacunae in Aby Warburg's Atlas Mnemosyne.
His writing has been published in C//A, Sound American and The Wire.