experiments in music

Test Tone vol. 71

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Sound Experiments

Test Tone 71: Expansions in Ambience

July 12th, 2011 (Tuesday) 20:00 to 23:00 at Super Deluxe, Nishi Azabu, Tokyo.

Shigehiro Tsubota + Cal Lyall (guitar duo)

Shigehiro Tsubota + Cal LyallShigehiro Tsubota studied contemporary music at Berklee College in Boston, USA, and subsequently lived in New York to meet many of the vanguard musicians of the late 1980s and early '90s.

Since his return to Tokyo, he enjoys working in an enigmatic artistic area existing somewhere between performance art and free jazz. Often playing solo using a simple setup—usually just a guitar and microphone—Shigehiro delivers a sonic world of slashing, staccato phrases, punctuated by punk-inspired vocals that would make Mark E. Smith proud.

He'll be joined by guitarist and Test Tone curator Cal Lyall, who might chop away at some crooked rhythms of his own.

Shigehiro Tsubota on Intervall Audio

Shigehiro Tsubota on Myspace

Cal Lyall on Myspace

Nigel Wright (from New Zealand)

Nigel WrightKnown for his expansive sound pieces, New Zealand native Nigel Wright has been involved in a range of creative activity as an audio and visual artist for close to ten years. Dense layers of tonal drones underpin the field recordings, guitar, and tape loops that Wright uses as source material for his laptop-based live performances.

He has also worked with audio/visual pieces, his first work premiering at the Auckland International Film Festival in 2006. On his first trip to Japan, this show is bound to be an evocative and lovely way to land.

Nigel Wright on Bandcamp

Nigel Wright on Myspace

Manuel Knapp (from Vienna) x Mitsuru Tabata (guitar) x Takumi Ito (sax)

Manuel Knapp + Mitsuru Tabata + Takumi ItoConsidering the fact that both Mitsuru Tabata (Zeni Geva, Amazon Saliva, AMT) and Takumi Ito (Ryusenkei Body, Tsuki no Wa) have been on the scene since before the Tamagotchi, it's surprising that the forces of preternatural music haven't brought them together before. As much as Tabata is known for his fuzzy, tripped-out guitar pyrotechnics, Takumi Ito is known for his complex approach to composition and stark saxophone style.

These two will be joined by Viennese artist Manuel Knapp, who is back in Japan for some concerts with the legendary Hiroshi Hasegawa (aka Astro). Manuel will be on hand to provide some judicious crunch and rumble, and to lay down the necessary noise mojo - if necessary.

Manuel Knapp

Mitsuru Tabata

Takumi Ito (Ryusenkei Body)

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.