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 is a London based in musician from Germany. She has played classical cello since early childhood and turned to improvisation and experimental music while training in physical theatre and dance in Berlin. Since then, she has radically deconstructed her classical roots and focussed on the immediate material of her instrument - its limitless resonance and pulse, its potential for an elemental music that dissolves conventional notions of rhythm and pitch and what it means to be lyrical. Along this journey she has worked with some of the most influential players of free music and experimental composition, as well as artist film makers, writers and architects.
Most recent collaborations have been with John Tilbury, Seymour Wright, Paul Abbott, Billy Steiger, Angharad Davies, Steve Noble, Crystabel Riley, Rie Nakajima, Daniel Blumberg, Jim White, Eddie Prevost, John Butcher, Evie Ward, Tom Wheatley, Jennifer Allum, Marjolaine Charbin, Dimitra Lazaridou Chatzigoga, Keiko Yamamoto, Phil Minton, Pak Yan Lau, Assemble, and Keira Greene.
Her music has been released on Otoroku, Matchless, Earshots, Another Timbre and Mute. www.utekanngiesser.com
Words about Ute Kanngiesser's solo release Geäder (Earshots):
"Automatic writing almost, or a fugue state. Arriving at an end point is an exhaustion, almost like waking from a dream. You look back at what has been created with bafflement. Footprints on a beach you can’t remember. You marvel: what have I done?" – We Need No Swords
"[...] environmental sounds captured in Hackney as a spur for improvisation; nasal bowing sounds, percussive fanfares, unspooling loops of harmonics that crack upon impact – whole sides to the cello normally shut down by conventional technique." - The Guardian
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.