Akiyama / Kamura / Malfatti / Kinoshita / Okura / Veliotis / Unami / Koike / Filip / Sugimoto - 10tet

".... it was October 2013 ... Radu, Klaus and Nikos came to Japan. The last day of their tour, Ftarri was booked but it was uncertain what would be done there ... so we decided to invite all our friends to join just a few days before."- Taku Unami

"In the fall of 2013, Radu Malfatti (trombone), Nikos Veliotis (cello), and Klaus Filip (ppooll), were on a tour of Japan where they performed in various combinations, including a number of collaborations with local musicians. For the last day of their tour, the three were invited to play at Ftarri, a music store and performance venue in Tokyo. They were joined by a stellar cast of musicians, most of whom they had long-standing relationships with (Taku Sugimoto, electric guitar; Tetuzi Akiyama, acoustic guitar; Taku Unami, electric bass; Moé Kamura, voice; Kazushige Kinoshita, violin; Masahiko Okura, tube; and Toshihiro Koike, trombone). The recording and mastering by Unami captures the proceedings in intimate detail, placing the muted shadings and open structure of the piece in natural contrast to the room sound." – Michael Rosenstein, Point of Departure 

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Tetuzi Akiyama / acoustic guitar

Moé Kamura / voice

Radu Malfatti / trombone

Kazushige Kinoshita / violin

Masahiko Okura / tube

Nikos Veliotis / cello

Taku Unami / electric bass

Toshihiro Koike / trombone

Klaus Filip / ppooll

Taku Sugimoto / electric guitar

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Recorded live at Ftarri on 16th October 2013 by Taku Unami. Mastered by Taku Unami. With thanks to Mark Wastell. 

Available as 320k MP3 or 16bit FLAC  

Tracklisting:

1. Untitled - 37:18

Taku Sugimoto

Taku Sugimoto is an extremely restrained guitarist who produces very few sounds in performance - allowing silence to be the controlling force. As an improviser and composer, he's garnered international acclaim, and also provoked strong reactions, both positive and negative. He likes to play a lot of chess. 

Tetuzi Akiyama

"One of the more accessible of avant-garde guitarists, Akiyama eschews linearity in extreme degrees, and when removed from familiar progressions, his playing evokes a distinct sense of discomfort. Melody and rhythm are left begging here, unrequited in the face of such slurred dynamics… Sometimes delicately and sometimes boldly, he controls sound volumes ranging from micro to macro, in an attempt to convert the body into an electronic entity.". - Michael Crumsho