(Improvised Music from Japan, IMJ-524/5)
Released in June 2005
Purchase price in Japan: 2,500 yen (tax not included)
(For purchase outside of Japan, prices vary.)
All composed by Taku Sugimoto
Taku Sugimoto: guitar
Taku Sugimoto is an extremely restrained guitarist who produces very few sounds in performance, allowing silence to be the controlling force. As an improviser and composer, he's garnered international acclaim, and also provoked strong reactions, both positive and negative. This two-CD set documents Sugimoto's live performances, in Australia in September 2003, of two of his own compositions (one per CD): "Dot (73)" and "Music for Amplified Guitar." Environmental sounds--listeners' coughs, footsteps, and chair scraping, as well as noises from outside--make their way clearly and naturally into Sugimoto's live concerts. Occasionally there's a sound from his guitar; it's as if he were collaborating with the sounds around him. This is very much the case on Live in Australia, and particularly on Disc 1. As the performance began, so did a rain shower, which grew more intense, filling the space with a sound like white noise. Over this background noise, Sugimoto quietly plucked a handful of short sounds. The set includes a long (1,000+-word) essay by Sugimoto that sheds new light on his musical ideas.
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