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Folk / Song
New on Otoroku - Preorders taken now. Stock Due late November.
Japanese bluesman Kan Mikami is nothing less than an unalloyed force of nature. A skin-shredding blast of frozen wind from the poor, rural north of Japan that he calls home. In the late 1960s, like thousands of other Japanese young people Mikami made his way to Tokyo in search of a life different from that of his parents. Since then he has forcefully carved out a space for himself in the culture as a modernist poet, a raging folk singer, an author, a actor, an engaging TV personality, and one of Japan’s most uniquely powerful performers.
For most of Mikami’s career as a singer, he has performed solo. Just him and his electric guitar against the world, creating jagged A-minor vamps to drive along the surreal wisdom of his lyrics. But he’s equally at home in more demanding improvisational contexts such as those provided here by John Edwards on bass and Alex Neilson on drums. Their dense propulsive textures seem to spur on Mikami, his voice arcing powerfully into fragmented spaces, his guitar darting, colliding, shedding jagged and angular splinters of sound. A pulsing, raging maelstrom of serrated-edged energy. Gruff, rough, honest and very, very real.
- Alan Cummings Oct 2017
Kan Mikami / John Edwards / Alex Neilson - Live at Cafe Oto LP
Poughkeepsie, NY, multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee organized a great double-bill at Vassar College in 1970, featuring himself and his local underground jazz peers. One disc in the 2-CD package of previously unreleased music consists of a complete set of music by McPhee's quintet - wild and deeplysoulful free jazz quite close in spirit to McPhee's legendary debut, NATION TIME, with clear connections to Pharoah Sanders; on the second disc, a simmering Hammond B-3 set introduces the Ernie Bostic Quartet and serves as an on-the-ground, in-the-crib soul-jazz foil to McPhee's political and astral explorations. Recorded April 30, 1970Ernie Bostic Quartet: Ernie Bostic, Otis Greene, Herbie Leaman and Charlie BenjaminJoe McPhee Quintet: Joe McPhee, Byron Morris, Mike Kull, Tyrone Crabb and Bruce Thompson
Joe McPhee Quintet / Ernie Bostic Quartet Live at Vassar 1970 2CD
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Keiji Haino: Vocal, Guitars, etc
John Butcher: Saxophones and Feedback
Keiji Haino, one of the foremost exponents of the Japanese avant-garde, always provides a masterclass in constantly shifting improvisation. John Butcher is a saxophonist of rare grace and power, who has expanded the vocabulary of the saxophone far beyond the conventions of jazz and other musics, to encompass a staggering range of multiphonics, overtones, percussive sounds, and electronic feedback.
Haino and Butcher met when Butcher opened for Fushitsusha at the show Cafe Oto arranged at St. John, Hackney - 5 years ago. In 2016 they were invited to play two duo concerts – at The Empty Gallery in Hong Kong and at Cafe Oto in London.
Otoroku is proud to present the audio documentation of their first UK meeting. Recorded live at Cafe Oto in July 2016 the results are an uncompromising milieu of swirling sound played out as a total union of these two legendary performers. Haino’s blues drenched guitar entices skittering notes from Butcher’s sax playing as numerous sonic clues unravel over the course of of this unique and compelling journey.
Light Never Bright Enough comes in a limited edition of 500 lp's and 500's cd's with matt sleeves and japanese removable obi-strip.
HAINO KEIJI / JOHN BUTCHER - LIGHT NEVER BRIGHT ENOUGH LP/CD (pre-order)
John Chantler — synthesizerSteve Noble — drumsSeymour Wright — alto saxophone
This recording shares music from the first time public concert of a new trio formed by John Chantler — best known for his solo synthesizer recordings and work with pipe organs — and two of the most instantly recognisable voices in the scene loosely associated with London’s Cafe OTO — drummer Steve Noble and saxophonist SeymourWright.
Recorded 7 May 2017 at Cafe OTO by Shaun Crook. Mix/edit by John Chantler.Mastered by Stephan Mathieu.
John Chantler is a musician and organiser living in Stockholm, Sweden.
Chantler’s recent recordings are characterised by headlong dives into ravishing texture and extended stretches of surface stasis that are disrupted by abrupt cuts, deft variations of density and unexpected diversions that draw on a domestic reimagining of studio based electronic music/musique concrete and 20th century minimalism and delivered with brash, revitalized energy.
Steve Noble is London's leading drummer, a fearless and constantly inventive improviser whose super-precise, ultra-propulsive and hyper-detailed playing has galvanized encounters with Peter Brötzmann, Derek Bailey, Matthew Shipp, IshmaelWadada Leo Smith, Stephen O'Malley, Joe McPhee, Alex Ward, Rhodri Davies and many, many more.
In the early eighties, Noble played with the Nigerian master drummer Elkan Ogunde, Rip Rig and Panic, Brion Gysin and the Bow Gamelan Ensemble, before going on to work with the pianist
Alex Maguire and with Derek Bailey (including CompanyWeeks 1987, 89 and 90). He was featured in the Bailey's excellentTV series on Improvisation for Channel 4 based on his book ‘Improvisation; its nature and practise’. He has toured and performed throughout Europe, Africa and America and leads the groups N.E.W. (with John Edwards and Alex Ward) and DECOY (with John Edwards and Alexander Hawkins).
SeymourWright – saxophonist, investigator, artist – lives in London. His practice is about the saxophone – music, history and technique – actual and potential; an on-going, rigorous and exhaustive exploration of the instrument.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 work is documented on two widely acclaimed self-released collections SeymourWright of Derby (2008) and SeymourWrites Back (2015). His current collaborations include lll⼈人 (with DaichiYoshikawa and Paul Abbott), GUO (with Daniel Blumberg) and XT (with Paul Abbott).
John Chantler / Steve Noble / Seymour Wright - Front and Above CD
John Butcher: tenor or soprano saxophones - plus feedback (1), motors (1, 3, 4), embedded harp speaker (5)Rhodri Davies: pedal harp, lever harp with embedded speaker and electric harp. Aeolian electric harp (7)
Tracks 1-6 recorded by Andrew Mills at Elipse Studio, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, May 2, 2008Track 7 recorded by Angharad Davies and Rhodri Davies at Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK, August 21, 2007 (aeolian electric harp); and by John Butcher in London, April 8, 2009 (soprano saxophone)Edited, mixed, and mastered by John ButcherDesign by Hirozumi TakedaPhotographs used by kind permission of Newcastle Libraries and Information ServicePackaged in a cardboard jacket
John Butcher is one of the leading sax players on the free improvisation scene. Rhodri Davies transcends conventional ideas about the harp--an instrument rarely associated with improvised music--in his wide-ranging projects. The two British musicians have worked together in a variety of contexts since 1997 and gave their first duo concert in 2000. As a duo they toured the UK and the U.S. in 2002, and Japan in 2004. In their performances they draw upon extended and unique playing methods mastered over the course of their careers, leaving far behind the imagined limits of their respective instruments. Carliol contains 7 tracks studio-recorded between August 2007 and April 2009. With its multi-hued timbres and textures, sonic beauty, conceptual freedom, experimental spirit and sophisticated structure, this CD dazzles on many levels. While the 2001 album Vortices & Angels (on the UK label Emanem) includes duo tracks by these two artists as well by Butcher and Derek Bailey, Carliol is the first all Butcher/Davies duo album to be released since the start of their duo collaboration a decade ago.
John Butcher/Rhodri Davies - CARLIOL CD
Akio Suzuki: pebbles, glass plate, sponge, pocket bottle, voice ANALAPOS, brass plate, cardboard box, wood screws, bamboo stick, metal plate, noise whistle, swizzle sticksJohn Butcher: tenor and soprano saxophones (amplified on 1)Arika "Resonant Spaces" Tour, Scotland & Orkney - June 2006Wormit Reservoir, FifeHamilton Mausoleum, South LanarkshireSmoo Cave, Durness, HighlandsTugnet Ice House, Spey Bay, MorayLyness Oil Tank, Island of HoyRecorded by Ruari CormackFtarri Festival - November 2015SuperDeluxe, Roppongi, TokyoRecorded by Chihei HatakeyamaMixed and Mastered by John ButcherArtwork and design by Cathy FishmanPackaged in a cardboard jacket________________________________Sound artist Akio Suzuki crisscrosses the world with his self-made instruments. British tenor/soprano sax player John Butcher is a leading figure in improvised music. These two musicians have been carrying out duo performances since 2002. The six tracks on this CD are recordings of their duos in Scotland in 2006 and Tokyo in 2015.In June 2006, an event was held in which Suzuki and Butcher visited and performed in places around Scotland that have highly distinctive acoustic characteristics. Butcher's solo performances from this event were released in the CD Resonant Spaces (Confront, 2008). Recordings had also been made of the duo performances, and these are being released for the first time on this CD. The fascinating performances on these five tracks, each of which is 5-8 minutes long, made use of the special acoustic environments of five locations: the underground Wormit Reservoir in Fife; the Hamilton Mausoleum in Hamilton, well known as a manmade structure with long reverberation; the gigantic Smoo Cave in Durness; the large Tugnet Ice House in Spey Bay; and the Lyness Oil Tank in the Orkney Islands, which was used during World War Two. Suzuki and Butcher also performed together nine and a half years later, in November 2015, at Ftarri Festival2015, held at SuperDeluxe, Tokyo. In this 27-minute-long performance, they exchange myriad sounds in a flexible, spontaneous manner.
Akio Suzuki & John Butcher - Immediate Landscapes CD
Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain is the quintessential work of artist/filmmaker/composer Tony Conrad. Comprised of both film installation and minimalist score for amplified strings, Ten Years leaps across genre and medium to connect his revolutionary structural filmmaking with the experiments in long-duration sound that Conrad had begun in the 1960s as part of the Theatre of Eternal Music."Ten Years began with image before sound," writes Andrew Lampert, "a row of quadruple projections arranged side-by-side, all the shuffling stripes cascading into each other. Over the next two hours the music throbbed and the projectors incrementally shifted inwards, their beams gradually uniting to form one pulsating, overlapping picture."For its 1972 premiere at New York's The Kitchen, Ten Years included Conrad on violin as well as Rhys Chatham and Laurie Spiegel performing on instruments of the composer's own making. Chatham played the Long String Drone – a 6-foot long strip of wood with bass strings, electric pickup, tuning keys, tape, rubber band and metal hardware – while Spiegel carried out an arrhythmic bass pulse throughout.Superior Viaduct is honored to present this previously unreleased recording of Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain's breathtaking premier performance. As Chatham recounts in the liner notes, "When I first listened to this recording after not hearing it for over 40 years, it transported me back to the early Kitchen and the heyday of early minimalism, played outside the Dream Syndicate."Track Listing:Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain (1:28:18)
Tony Conrad - Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain 2CD
Joe McPhee and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten at the Sugar Maple/Okka Fest on Saturday, June 6th, 2015. Joe McPhee - tenor and soprano saxophone. Ingebrigt Haker Flaten - double bass. Recorded live by Dave Zuchowski. Mastered by Martin Siewert in July/August 2016.
JOE MCPHEE & INGEBRIGT HAKER FLATEN - Bricktop CD
Joe McPhee and Raymond Boni at Hulsey Recital Hall on the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) campus on April 20, 1985. Joe McPhee - soprano saxophone, electronics and voice; Raymond Boni - electric guitar and electronics. The complete was concert inspired by the words of Eric Dolphy: "When you hear music, After it's over, It's gone, In the air, You can never capture it again."
JOE MCPHEE & RAYMOND BONI - Live From The Magic City (Birmingham, Alabama)
Following the death of German trombonist Johannes Bauer in May 2016, Peter Brötzmann decided to pay tribute to the many years of comradery and collaboration he and Bauer shared, from Globe Unity in the '70s to the Peter Brötzmann Group and the Chicago Tentet. This disc presents a previously unreleased recording of a beautiful live duo performance from Osaka, 1997, which had been waiting in Brötzmann's archives for a release. Peter Brötzmann: tenor and alto saxophones, tárogató, B-flat clarinet; Johannes Bauer: trombone.
JOHANNES BAUER/PETER BROETZMANN - Blue City (Live At Blue City Osaka / Japan 16. October 1997) CD
ohan Berthling: double bass; Martin Küchen: tenor and soprano saxophones, retardophone, flute; Steve Noble: drums and percussion. Recorded by David Carlsson at Gula Studion, Malmö, Sweden, November 1, 2015. Mixed by David Carlsson. Mastered by Martin Siewert. Cover photo by Donald Boström.
JOHAN BERTHLING/MARTIN KUCHEN/STEVE NOBLE - Threnody, At The Gates CD
Is This Right? is Seymour Wright's third full solo record and comes as a 2 discs set in a beautiful oblong sleeve. 5 tracks recorded between 2014 and 2017 in Bologna, London and Paris. Is This Right? continues where his last solo - Seymour Writes Back - finished, further developing a set of relationships between ideas, places, people and time, as Wright puts it, documenting 'learning about the saxophone - actual and potential - as rhthym, shadow and text'.
Seymour Wright - Is This Right? 2CD
This duet between bass clarinet and circuit-bent Casio SK1 sampler was recorded at the Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham in January 2003. As one might expect, the music has some of that cold silence which pervades classical music institutions, and which is so repellent to ears used to the demotic bustle of jazz and pop. However, the musicians use one aspect of classical recital to their advantage, which is its staged singularity of performance. Where so much issued music has become calling cards for celebrity rather than a significant act in itself - the malign influence of free music’s reduction of music to the musician; the free jazz griot, the improviser genius - Cundy and Dunn have put everything they can do into one CD.
The musicians are fully in control of their pitches and the music often proceeds by finding a harmony and then forcing it into crisis, unbearable tensions resolved into rhythmic exchange. Cundy also uses a Tinnitus Analyser to detect noises and elevate them into audibility. This provides the musicians with a stimulating randomness - the difference between the unexpected shapes generated by looking and drawing rather than simply doodling and reproducing habit, the eversame.
Eric Dolphy’s example on bass clarinet allows Cundy to exploit the natural resources of the instrument: its old fashioned wood-panelled formalism, the humour of its duck quacks, the urban urgency of its sinuous high tones. Dunn’s electronics are a masterclass in the resources of outdated technology. After being exposed to so much laptop texturing, the ear appreciates the SK1’s limits. They give Dunn’s contributions a jagged starkness, like coming upon a crude screenprint in an exhibition of digital printouts. It’s possible that both musicians are a little too guarded to force the music into a contradiction that might unify an hours performance. However, the quiet care and intensity in the way they listen to each other is really touching.
Grace And Delete – Grace And Delete CD
Paul Abbott: Drum kits, percussion, computer.Seymour Wright: Alto Saxophone, feedback
Pah’ is a monolithic document of the shared improvisational language of saxophonist Seymour Wright and percussionist Paul Abbott, also known as XT. One piece, just under eighty minutes long, begins in the well-traveled territory of contemporary free-jazz, with Wright and Abbott falling into a supersonic velocity that they don’t give up until a strange English folk music marks the end of their set; the audience clearly taking a second to register the proceedings. Recorded live in 2015 at London’s Café Oto, the duo almost immediately ejects/(r)ejects the typical free jazz tropes as Abbott and Wright spin off into conflicting repetitions and cycles, only to morph and move again just at the point that the listener becomes comfortable. The addition of Wright’s use of feedback and Abbott’s heavily deconstructed electro-dance textures takes Pah’ from elegantly brutal blow out to truly 21st century music, and fits perfectly into the experimental formal and timbral languages of label mates Nate Wooley and Paul Lytton. Track Listing: 1. Pah’ (79:19) Recorded live at Café Oto, 24 November 2015 by James DunnMixed and Mastered by Paul AbbottDesign by Paul Abbott and Seymour Wright
XT - Pah CD
"Mainly using old and new recordings, synthesizers and having sampled variations of his own screaming voice, Matschulat offers a violent and anxious ride in his first album Ulterior. Abrasive and poetic, this dramatic album demonstrates the composer and producer’s ability to draw and immerse listeners in this intense and confrontational work.
Based in London and with a background in theatre, Adam Matschulat works as a freelancer in Film and Music, as a producer, composer, sound designer and as a mixing and mastering Engineer. He also is the founder of the label Resterecords."
Matschulat - Ulterior CD
FOUR HOURS of 1971/72 Träd, Gräs och Stenar magic! Expanded editions of the classic live albums Djungelns Lag and Mors Mors, with a 3rd disc of entirely unreleased material, including a track exclusive to this CD. Remastered from the original tapes. 24-page booklet with liner notes from the band and never-before-seen imagery.
Trad, Gras och Stenar CD
Mattin and Miguel Prado met in A Coruña in 2007 and since then have shared their long running interest in voice within the context of improvisation and noise. Since 2011 they have developed the project of Evacuation of the Voice (EOTV) which includes Mattin's LP "Object of Thought" and Miguel Prado's text "Geotraumatic Evacuation of the Voice“.
The urge for the "evacuation of the voice” appears from its inseparability from the dismantling of the face, identified as the vehicle for the representation of the "I” in capitalism. The artists propose ten sessions of one hour each (of which five now take place) where they will try to performatively evacuate the voice from their bodies, resorting to a process "subjective depersonalization”. The distancing form the thinking with the refusal of generic aesthetic idioms emerges as strategy to try to "understand our psychological, physiological and neurobiological conditions from an outsider’s perspective”.
Miguel Prado & Mattin - Evacuation of the Voice 10CD
NOTE: The LP And CD have different audio from the same recordings.
Outside of the 2CD release ‘Never Too Late But Always Too Early’ (Eremite, 2003) there has been scant documentation of one of the most dynamic pairings in all free jazz. Featuring unique material on each format Song Sentimentale rectifies this anomaly with a full blown audio account of the breathtaking communicative heights obtained by these three legends of the living.
Over 3 nights in January 2015 the trio seduced a winter worn crowd with the kind of organic interplay only these three can conjure. Warm and urgent the material that covers both formats unveils a wide range of techniques and emotions. This is music on the edge of itself; a living, breathing and existing force documented for repeated visits.
PETER BROETZMANN - TENOR SAX, B-FLAT-CL, TAROGATOWILLIAM PARKER - DOUBLE-BASS, GUEMBRI, SHAKUHACHI, SHENAIHAMID DRAKE - DRUMS, FRAME-DRUM, VOICE
Recorded Live at Cafe Oto on the 27th, 28th and 29th January 2015
Recorded by James Dunn
Mixed by John Chantler
Mastered by Andreas (Lupo) Lubich at Calax
Photocollage by Dawid Laskowski
Artwork by bro
Design by Uniet/bro
BROETZMANN / PARKER / DRAKE - SONG SENTIMENTALE