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)
“For over 10 years, I have only played unscripted/improvised music. I have experimented with the sound of the cello, limiting myself to the alive material at hand: vast and complicated layers within the instrument and myself; and to let this music evolve continuously in relationship with others. It relates to the process of uncovering an endless multiplicity of coexisting sense perspectives. And it deals with the energy that this gives rise to. For me, it is the most exciting place to play music from.”
Seymour Wright lives in London. His practice is about the creative, situated friction of learning, ideas, people and the saxophone – music, history and technique – actual and potential. This is an on-going, rigorous and exhaustive exploration of imaginations, instrument, spaces and strucutures. The energy of this learning is applied to various collaborations and contexts to access/share what he has called the ‘awkward wealth of investigation’.
His solo work is documented on three widely acclaimed self-released collections Seymour Wright of Derby (2008), Seymour Writes Back (2015) and Is This Right? (2017).
His current collaborations include: abaria with Ute Kanngiesser; a duet with Crystabel Riley; [Ahmed] with Antonin Gerbal, Joel Grip and Pat Thomas; GUO with Daniel Blumberg; The Experimental Library with Evie Ward; XT with Paul Abbott; lll人 with Daichi Yoshikawa and Paul Abbott, a 'new jazz' trio with John Chantler and Steve Noble; an on-going inter-textual quartet with Paul Abbott, Cara Tolmie and Will Holder; a trans-atlantic duet with Anne Guthrie, and, with Jean-luc Guionnet a project addressing an imaginary lacunae in Aby Warburg's Atlas Mnemosyne. Bits of his writing has been published in C//A, Sound American and The Wire.