Reviews that mention Tetuzi Akiyama

September 19, 2013

Satanic Abandoned Rock’n’Roll Society

Bloody Imagination
Mikroton cd 12

Cremaster & Angharad Davies

Pluie Fine

Potlatch P312

Dealing with varieties of sound arising from electronic interface poses aural challenges, especially when traditional instruments are also part of the mix. Brushing aside the need for familiar textures from, say, the violin and guitars used on these two discs, one can still appreciate the extended techniques finessed to blend with – or against – the massed electronics. Yet when the multiplied processing reaches its zenith – as it does several times on both CD – the welcome disintegration of the opaque sound mass may appear to be musical development. MORE

March 23, 2010

Tetuzi Akiyama/Éden Carrasco/Leonel Kaplan

Moments of Falling Petals
Dromos Records 001

Mary Halvorson/Reuben Radding/Nate Wooley

Crackleknob

hatOLOGY 662

Hautzinger/Okura/Akiyama

Rebuses

MonotypeRec. mono027

Combined, contrasted and contrapuntal guitar and trumpet textures – plus those of another instrument – are what tie together these notable sessions. Yet even though only a trio of instruments is involved on each – and Tokyo-based On-kyo guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama is present on two of the three CDs – the overall performances can readily be distinguished from one another. MORE

March 23, 2010

Hautzinger/Okura/Akiyama

Rebuses
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Mary Halvorson/Reuben Radding/Nate Wooley

Crackleknob

hatOLOGY 662

Tetuzi Akiyama/Éden Carrasco/Leonel Kaplan

Moments of Falling Petals

Dromos Records 001

Combined, contrasted and contrapuntal guitar and trumpet textures – plus those of another instrument – are what tie together these notable sessions. Yet even though only a trio of instruments is involved on each – and Tokyo-based On-kyo guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama is present on two of the three CDs – the overall performances can readily be distinguished from one another. MORE

March 17, 2003

ASSUMED POSSIBILITIES

Still point
Rossbin RS 007

AKIYAMA/NAKAMURA/SUGIMOTO/WASTELL
Foldings
Confront 12

Silence and the overtones associated with near silence are the guiding factors of these CDs, which both include British cellist Mark Wastell. With textural space on show and protracted electro-acoustic wheezes characterizing many of the abstractions here, neither of the two chamber-style quartets could be confused with conventional jazz, rock or New music ensembles. Neither sounds like the other either. All of which proves that there are as many variations of near silence as there are types of noise. MORE

February 10, 2003

OKURA/KAWASAKI/AKIYAMA

Bject
Hibari Music 02

CHAINWORKS
Red Room
Sachimay sca 9358

Novelty instruments have been around as long as the existence of improvised music. Red McKenzie was able to produce some memorable sounds from comb and tissue paper in the 1920s, around the time Adrian Rollini was taking solos on the goofus and the hot fountain pen. Yusef Lateef recorded an LP featuring a percussion section of balloons and 7-Up bottles in the 1950s, while Steve Beresford’s collection of toys and Eugene Chadbourne’s electric rake have been showcased more recently. MORE