CD Reviews

Seijiro Murayama, Kazushige Kinoshita – 59:01.68

May 14, 2013

CD Ftarri Will we ever run out interesting conceptual ideas for making CDs? The music on Kazushige Kinshita and Seiji Murayama’s duo disc on the Ftarri label appeared a good few months ago now, but I have only recently found the time to spend with it. The release is credited as a duo, with the […]

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Thursday 26th March

March 26, 2010

Seijiro Murayama and Eric La Casa released their duo album Supersedure through the excellent Hibari label early this year. Its one that has been sat here awaiting its turn to be investigated properly, and this disc is one of those occasions when I find myself cursing myself for having something so good sat on the shelf for so long without enjoying it. Murayama works with his now very familiar to me snare drum and objects on this CD, and La Casa is credited with microphones and field recordings. What I am not sure about is exactly how the music here was put together, whether it was created in a live situation, or produced in post production somehow. The sleevenotes inform us that the field recordings made by La Casa were collected between 1995 and 2007, and that the music was composed by Murayama and La Casa during 2006 and 2007. Les Instants Chavires get a mention on the sleeve as well, suggesting maybe a concert was recorded there, but no further details help us.

My guess is, after quite a bit of listening, that La Casa recorded Murayama playing solo, perhaps on a number of occasions and later the duo, or perhaps just La Casa, added the field recordings into the mix. I lean towards this way of thinking for a number of reasons. Firstly the way the percussion and recordings are merged is absolutely great. I just don’t think this could have been done live. Then there is a difference in the warmth of Murayama’s sound to La Casa’s, but then maybe as the percussion was recorded acoustically the field recordings could have been pulled from the P.A. mixing desk at the same event. As the five tracks here (titled Parts 1 to 5) progress though I become more convinced that at least some of this music has been created in the studio.

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Friday 19th February

February 19, 2010

About three weeks ago I wrote about a new solo CD by the Japanese percussionist Seijiro Murayama called 4 Pieces with snare drum, issued on the Petit label. It was one of a few new CDs of his I had recently bought, and specifically one of two solo discs for snare drum. At the close of that review I wondered out loud how different that release might be from the other solo CD, and so tonight I have got around to listening to, and writing about it. The second solo release was recorded in April 2009, just a month after the first, again in France, actually by the same sound engineer Thomas Tilly but this time released on the ZeroJardins label. This second disc is simply titled Solos. The obvious question then, is just how different are the two sets of music (there are four tracks here as there were on the Petit release) is one of more value than the other, and I guess the question must be raised; did we need them both?

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Wednesday 27th January

January 27, 2010

Well amongst the many discs that arrived the other day was a collection of three releases involving the Japanese percussionist Seijiro Murayama. One of these is a duo release alongside Eric La Casa on the Hibari label, but the other two are both solos. Murayama has released what feels like an awful lot of music over the last twelve months or so, and perhaps we should be asking if it maybe a bit too much, but then perhaps also he has had a purple creative patch, and so the timing is right for a number of releases to capture his work. certainly I have enjoyed the music I heard recently from him. Tonight though I listened to one of the solos, a CDr named 4 pieces with a snare drum recorded in March of last year and released on the Petit label, a new one on me, though they appear to have a good number of releases out there previous to this one. Checking out their nicely designed website suggests maybe more of a jazz lean to previous releases, and this one seems to belong to the pl son subseries, but when I’m this tired one of the first things to go is my command of French. The packaging, being mostly handmade has a wonderful smell of printing ink.

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Wednesday 26th August

August 26, 2009

20:30– I recently managed to get a friend to load a workable version of Linux onto the cute little netbook I bought early this year, and so tonight’s post begins as a bit of an experiment because I am writing at least this first couple of paragraphs on the train home from work, having left […]

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Tuesday 18th August

August 19, 2009

Another from the Creative Sources pile tonight. Tonight’s selection though was one of the discs I actually wrote to Ernesto about purchasing in the first place, before he sent me the additional mini avalanche. Noite is a disc by the quartet of Jean-Luc Guionnet, (alto sax) Ernesto Rodrigues, (viola) Guilherme Rodrigues, (cello) and Seijiro Murayama […]

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Monday 6th July

July 7, 2009

Well already I feel like I need a holiday. A long, tough old day today picking things up at work after being away a week, but I gritted my teeth and got through it, came home, ate Chicken Jalfrezi with ginger beer (big mistake) and now as I wait for my taste buds to find […]

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Concert Reviews

Friday 22nd May

May 22, 2009

Its never easy to write about live music a day or two after the event unless you have a recording to help you remember, which on this occasion I don’t… Its even harder if you are playing other good, thoroughly distracting music at the same time as writing. I just had to turn off disc […]

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Thursday 21st May

May 21, 2009

Well its nice to be able to collapse at home tonight after work. I’m really feeling the after effects of a few crazy days tonight. Not that I have any regrets at all about making my second and third trip to Café Oto in a four day period, it is always a pleasure, but making […]

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Sunday 1st March

March 1, 2009

I’ve done a lot of listening today, but mostly to forthcoming Cathnor releases and a few demos so not much I can talk about amongst those. I did succeed in playing a few other items though. One careful listen was to the John Cage Numbers pieces disc I bought on Thursday. The half-hour long opening […]

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Just listening…

September 19, 2008

Today was the first day that, after getting all of those jobs done that you’ve been meaning to do but don’t get time to do when you’re at work every day, I actually kicked back a little, put my feet up and started to work my way through the inevitable pile of CDs littering my […]

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