CD Reviews

Taku Sugimoto – Quartet Octet

February 9, 2014

CD Slubmusic Tengu For those with similar musical tastes to my own, an ensemble made up of Taku Sugimoto (guitar), Taku Unami (sinetones),Nikos Veliotis (cello), Kazushige kinoshita (violin), Klaus Filip (sinetones), Ko Ishikawa (sho), Moe Kamura (voice), Radu Malfatti (trombone) and Masahiko Okura (clarinet) is a mouthwatering proposition. The first four names in that list […]

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CD Reviews

Radu Malfatti, Taku Unami

November 27, 2012

CD Erstwhile ErstLive A live recording then of a meeting of two of my favourite musicians, though in the case of one of them, Taku Unami, one wonders if musician is still the apposite term. By the time these two performed together in New York in September 2011, Unami had primarily stopped working with anything […]

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Concert Reviews

Monday 7th December

December 7, 2009

Going into Sunday evening’s duo concert by Taku Unami and Angharad Davies I knew there would be empty cardboard boxes involved, as I had heard reports of their almost soundless use in Unami’s recent Tokyo performances, but other than this just about anything was possible. What we actually got was some way from anything I […]

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CD Reviews

Saturday 17th October

October 17, 2009

Just to annoy Brian then, I have been listening this evening to Taku Unami’s Malignitat 2, a release on The Free Software Series label. This one actually came out as a free download from the label’s pages about a year ago, and I listened to it a bit back then, but didn’t write at any […]

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CD Reviews

Sunday 23rd August

August 23, 2009

Today was nice. Much of it was spent sat in the garden with Schubert and Mahler struggling more than usual for some reason with yesterday’s Guardian sudoku (I got there in the end) and then this evening we had dinner at a 15th Century pub on the Thames, wondering how baby swans know which mummy […]

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CD Reviews

Saturday 9th May

May 10, 2009

I’ve never really felt comfortable advertising Cathnor releases here, but seeing as people seem to be interested I will quickly announce that the seventh full length release on the label is now available, more info here. I am on something of a positive surge with Cathnor right now, having been working on two different sleeve […]

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CD Reviews

Wednesday 8th April

April 8, 2009

Right then so Valved strings calculator.… As I mentioned last night this is a trio release by Robin Hayward, Rhodri Davies and Taku Unami released recently on the Hibari label. This CD seems to me to capture nicely a particular style of playing that seems to have flourished quietly over recent years that I enjoy […]

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CD Reviews

Tuesday 17th March

March 18, 2009

Congratualtions, you’ve clicked on the official home of Newlondonwhat? an all new musical genre! Yawn. I listened to some Korean music today. Actually not just Korean, but certainly music recorded in the years 2007 and 2008 in South Korea as part of the Relay series of concerts and released now on the Manual label as […]

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CD Reviews

Saturday 21st February

February 22, 2009

Last night I mentioned that over the past eighteen months or so I have to some degree reopened my ears to all kinds of improvised music again. That might be a slight exaggeration. I still have the same musical preferences but I have removed the idiotic blinkers that had caused me to reject out of […]

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CD Reviews

How to bin trends and alienate people

October 29, 2007

Years back when my youngest brother Neil lived here and I played music a lot louder than I do today, he perfected a good vocal impression of the 90’s improv that poured out of my room. His high speed, jerky, staccato approximation managed to sum up the music really well in a few seconds. Back […]

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CD Reviews

Uncertain Times

September 11, 2007

Ryu Hankil, Jin Sangtae, Taku Unami, Mattin – 5 Modules III Manual I’m a little late to this extraordinary recording, having owned it a while but only just found the time to play it. However as Mattin’s partially incomprehensible sleeve notes suggest we all need to reclaim our own notion of time, this probably doesn’t […]

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