Improvised Music from Japan / IMJ

Otomo Yoshihide / Park Je Chun / Mi Yeon

Loose Community

Improvised Music from Japan, IMJ-511
Released in December 2003
Purchase price in Japan: 2,000 yen (tax not included)
(For purchase outside of Japan, prices vary.)

  1. Loose Community 1 (15:49)
  2. Loose Community 2 (9:18)
  3. Loose Community 3 (7:41)
  4. Loose Community 4 (6:24)
  5. Loose Community 5 (16:32)

    mp3 excerpt: track 2

Otomo Yoshihide: turntables, guitar
Park Je Chun: percussion
Mi Yeon: piano

Günter Müller: electronics, selected drums (track 1)
Yumiko Tanaka: futozao shamisen (track 2)
Sachiko M: sinewaves (tracks 1, 2 and 4)

Otomo Yoshihide (turntables, guitar) is active on a worldwide scale in such fields as free improvisation, composition, and film music. On a trip to Seoul in May of 2002, Otomo made a studio recording with Seoul musicians Park Je Chun (percussion) and Mi Yeon (piano). Known as a brilliant student of Kang Tae Hwan, the pioneer of the Korean improvised music scene, Park was formerly a member of Kang's band. Mi Yeon, an artist firmly grounded in contemporary classical music, has collaborated with Park for a number of years.

Some of the five works on this CD are partially overdubbed with separately recorded improvisations by Günter Müller (electronics, selected drums), Sachiko M (sine waves), and Yumiko Tanaka (futozao shamisen). This is Otomo's first trio project with percussion and piano, as well as one of his rare collaborations with Korean musicians. The tension-filled performances are superb. This uniquely fascinating recording should not be missed.

Last updated: December 7, 2003

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