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Test Tone vol. 61

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Sound Experiments

Test Tone vol. 61: Intersecting Streams of Consciousness

September 14th, 2010 (Tuesday) 20:00 to 25:00 at Super Deluxe, Nishi Azabu, Tokyo.

Hugues Vincent (cello) + Morishige (cello)

Hugues VincentPresenting a rare and exotic treat for string lovers in general (and cello lovers in particular), two extraordinary players of the instrument are set to meld minds in a tuneful voodoo, ultimately proving to us that the magic in their music is not all hearsay.

With a chameleon-like adaptability, French cellist Hugues Vincent has established himself in a number of classical and contemporary contexts. As an improvisor, he has found himself in the company of everyone from David S. Ware to Otomo Yoshihide.

MorishigeMori-shige, when taking a break from his stark photographic work (as Morishige Yasumune), is without a doubt one of the most original voices on the cello in Japan. With his monthly concert series for string improvisors, Between the Lines, he demonstrates that the vocabulary of the improvising musician is a work in progress, and he continues to place himself into a range of challenging contexts.

Hugues Vincent


Zn'shñ (electronics) + À qui avec Gabriel (accordion) + Cal Lyall (hydrophone)

Zn'shñSpecializing in analog electronics, French unit Zn'shñ (aka multi-instrumentalist/composer Franck Smith and collaborator Elvire Bastendorff) creates expansive soundscapes of the highest order. Under the Odiolorgnette imprint, Zn'shñ has produced albums and soundtracks steeped in minimalist sensibility, influenced by artists such as Ryoji Ikeda and butoh legend Kazuo Ohno.

À qui avec GabrielZn'shñ's sound artistry will meet with the sublime accordion playing of À qui avec Gabriel, a Tzadik recording artist with a string of successful collaborations under her belt. They will be further joined by improvising artist Cal Lyall, who will create a watery ambiance using effected hydrophones (underwater microphones) submerged in strange and hypnotic water sources.

Zn'shñ | Odiolorgnette

À qui avec Gabriel

Joel Grip (contrabass) + Seiko Fukushima (harp)

Joel GripWith his boundless energy, Swedish bassist Joel Grip is someone who makes things happen wherever he travels. Whether as a bandleader, concert organizer, record label head or a director of charity projects, he has earned enormous respect not only for his musicianship, but for his inexhaustible dedication to the European improvising community.

Seiko FukushimaOn this evening, Joel will team up with Japanese harpist Seiko Fukushima, who through her mastery of her instrument, has received accolades and commissions from around the world. She has studied and performed in France, Poland, Senegal, Gabon, Finland and Sweden. This will be a rare opportunity to see this great talent on her home soil.

Joel Grip

Seiko Fukushima

Onnacodomo (Visuals)

OnnacodomoTaking 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.


Evil Penguin

Evil Penguin 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.