experiments in music
Test Tone vol. 80
Test Tone 80: Permutations of Fine Order
April 10th, 2012 (Tuesday) 20:00 to 23:00 at Super Deluxe, Nishi Azabu, Tokyo.
The Lacy Foundation (Plays the music of Steve Lacy: 1934-2004)
The Lacy Foundation is a growing collective of international musicians celebrating the legacy of the late Steve Lacy, a legendary saxophonist and composer who left behind a wealth of poetic, colourful and quietly passionate work, much of which is just starting to be discovered. A perfect blend of the emotional and the intellectual, Lacy's work captures a beautiful simplicity that can be interpreted many ways, and this is where The Lacy Foundation excels. Mixing prepared compositions with unprepared performance, the group remains fresh and exciting, and features an ever-changing lineup of performers revolving around clarinetist, saxophonist and composer Huw Lloyd, both a student of Lacy's and a consummate musician and educator in his own right. On this special evening, the group will be rounded out by Chris Koh on violin and Kei Tainaka on guitar.
The Lacy Foundation on YouTube
Julie Rousse (from France) + Yukitomo Hamasaki (mAtter)
The arresting work of Julie Rousse strikes a skillful balance between the organic and the abstract. Her compositions are at once dense and starkly conceived, yet still evoke a dreamy boundlessness. As a performer, Julie uses an improvisational approach, manipulating field recordings in real time to capture spontaneity of form, while retaining the color and sound of her collected source material. She has been performed worldwide in a range of solo and collaborative settings, and her work has seen a number of releases. Most recently, she was featured on a compilation released from Sub Rosa in 2010.
On this evening, she will be joining forces with Yukitomo Hamasaki, a multimedia artist of the highest order who has also been making waves internationally—not only with his own work, but also thanks to the splendorific activity of his Tokyo-based label 'mAtter'. Great minds may just think alike.
Yukitomo Hamasaki (mAtter)
STAND ALONE-404 (Mitsuo Sakaguchi: synth/keys, 448: bass, Daigo Wakasugi: drums)
Anyone who has borne witness to the piano pyrotechnics of Mitsuo Sakaguchi will agree that the man can play some terribly mean keyboard. Often lending his talents to a range of projects (teneleven, Polylis, Alan Smithee's MAD Universe, etc.), he has now taken the lead with his own group, called STAND ALONE-404.
Running the musical gamut from electronic noise and ambient soundscapes to ecstatic jazz freakouts, this keyboard trio reaches some sizzling heights due in part to the equally stellar musicianship of 448 on wood bass and Daigo Wakasugi on drums. This is music for dancing in free and downright undomesticated ways.
Taking their inspiration from moments and objects from everyday life, visual unit onnacodomo make the ordinary decidedly extraordinary. Eschewing computer-generated graphics or recorded material, the three members (DJ Codomo, Yasuko Seki and Ruka Noguchi) perform in real time using a video camera to capture their spontaneous creations.
Shimmering projections are created using water, mirrors and an array of lights, while a world of fantastic images is constructed with found photos, kitchen utensils, toys, stationary and improvised artwork. Kaleidoscopic, absurd and unreal, onnacodomo takes you into a slightly-unhinged world that is absolutely original in its conception.
Master of disguises, Mexican top-hats, ambient rockabilly to minimal Hawaiian Kumulipo chants, the Evil Penguin poses the primordial question of evanescence against a backdrop of New Wave folk. Celebratory, subliminal, moment-to-moment. A Tasmanian treasure with a penchant for open spaces.
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