Improvised Music from Japan / Discography

Tetsu Saitoh

Strings & the Moon

(Kadima Collective Recordings, Kadima Triptych #4) (Israel) (DVD-R + CD-R)

DVD-R: Bass Ensemble Gen311

  1. Stone Out
  2. Kahiyagura
  3. Tango Eclipse [in 3 Movements]
  4. Ito--Saikakuji--Turkish March--Invitation
  5. Flooded Forest Theme--Night
  6. Ombak Hitam Sakuradai

CD-R: Moonstruck

  1. Ice Moon (8:04)
  2. Wolf Moon (7:46)
  3. More Than... (6:27)
  4. Fish Moon (9:13)
  5. Rose Moon (4:50)
  6. Moonstruck (5:15)
  7. Blue Moon (9:32)

DVD-R: NTSC, region free, total time: 112 minutes 42 seconds

All composed by Tetsu Saitoh

Bass Ensemble Gen311
Tetsu Saitoh: contrabass
Kazuhiro Tanabe: contrabass
Masao Tajima: contrabass
Takashi Seo: contrabass
Pearl Alexander: contrabass

Filmed by Plastic Rains (Hiroyoshi Takishima and Koichi Inoguchi) at Izuruba, Tokyo, May 5, 2011 (1, 2, 6) and at Kid Ailack Art Hall, Tokyo, May 6, 2011 (3-5)
Lighting by Mikiya Takeda (1, 2, 6)
Sound mastering by Masaaki Shimada


All composed by Tetsu Saitoh, Lauren Newton, and Kazue Sawai, except track 3, by Lauren Newton and Tetsu Saitoh, and track 5, by Lauren Newton and Kazue Sawai

Tetsu Saitoh: contrabass
Lauren Newton: voice
Kazue Sawai: 13- and 17-string kotos

Recorded by Hiroshi Ogawa at Izuruba, Tokyo, October 17, 2005
Edited by Hiroshi Ogawa

Includes a 72-page full-color booklet (bilingual English-Japanese) with foreword, liner notes, and DVD-R track notes by Tetsu Saitoh; CD-R liner notes by Lauren Newton; profiles; track lists; contrabass drawings by Yuji Kobayashi; paintings by Lauren Newton; and photos by Mai Saitoh, Koho Mori, Cedric Leherle, Hiroshi Ogawa, and Ryoichi Aratani
Calligraphy by Chie Inui
Japanese translation by Pearl Alexander and Koho Mori
Design by Wakako Harada

Released in February 2012