Reviews that mention Keiji Haino

December 12, 2018

Keiji Haino/John Butcher

Light Never Bright Enough
OTORokuo18 CD

Konstrukt & Keiji Haino

A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little That Way Lies in a Quagmire

Karlrecords KR052

Likely the musician who has got the most mileage out of an all-black wardrobe – complete with dark sunglasses – since Johnny Cash and Jim Morrison, guitarist Keiji Haino may be the sort of player that could only have appeared from Japan’s distinctive culture. Initially a theatre performer, his pseudo-psychedelic playing, often augmented with other instruments and vocals have earned him a reputation in Rock, Noise and Free Jazz circles, collaborating with everyone from Derek Bailey and Charles Gayle to Merzbow and Oren Ambarchi. Recoded during the same year in widely different circumstances, A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little That Way Lies in a Quagmire (whew!) and Light Never Bright Enough offer conflicting glimpses of his work. MORE

December 12, 2018

Konstrukt & Keiji Haino

A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little That Way Lies in a Quagmire
Karlrecords KR052

Keiji Haino/John Butcher

Light Never Bright Enough

OTORokuo18 CD

Likely the musician who has got the most mileage out of an all-black wardrobe – complete with dark sunglasses – since Johnny Cash and Jim Morrison, guitarist Keiji Haino may be the sort of player that could only have appeared from Japan’s distinctive culture. Initially a theatre performer, his pseudo-psychedelic playing, often augmented with other instruments and vocals have earned him a reputation in Rock, Noise and Free Jazz circles, collaborating with everyone from Derek Bailey and Charles Gayle to Merzbow and Oren Ambarchi. Recoded during the same year in widely different circumstances, A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little That Way Lies in a Quagmire (whew!) and Light Never Bright Enough offer conflicting glimpses of his work. MORE

April 2, 2018

Keiji Haino/Jozef Dumoulin/Teun Verbruggen

The Miracles of Only One Thing
Sub Rosa SR 439

While The Miracles of Only One Thing appears to be a testimony to the incendiary dynamics of galvanized Noise Music, it turns out to that two concepts are actually jousting for supremacy. Initially a nearly opaque swirling mass of protean turbulence is created by the three participants: Japanese Noise-Improv guitarist Keiji Haino and two Belgians who move between Jazz, Free Music and electronics: electric pianist Jozef Dumoulin and percussionist Teun Verbruggen. However Haino’s unruly vocalizing makes an appearance later in the session, almost subverting the instrumental acumen. MORE