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Matsumoto / Shiroishi / Watanabe // Yellow LP

Matsumoto / Shiroishi / Watanabe // Yellow LP

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Koto player Kozue Matsumoto, saxophonist Patrick Shiroishi, shakuhachi player Shoshi Watanabe from Los Angeles, USA3 Japanese AmericansIs a joint record released in July 2022 from the state experimental label Dinzu Artefacts.

Includes 5 improvisational Japanese free jazz tracks based on a shared interest in exploring the identity of Japanese Americans. Comes with DL code.

Labels and other works here /// Click here to see more Dinzu Artefacts releases available at Tobira.

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YELLOW vinyl edition of 100.
BLACK vinyl edition of 100.

Text by Adam Zuckerman :

"Yellow brings together acclaimed LA-based musicians Kozue Matsumoto, Patrick Shiroishi, and Shoshi Watanabe. With total expressive command of their instruments, the trio unfurls a brilliant and impassioned free improvisation of the highest virtuosic caliber that is at once anguished, defiant, and vigorously Hopeful.

An astonishing musical work, Yellow is also a powerful political statement. The musicians came together on the basis of a mutual interest in exploring Japanese-American identity. down the apparent barrier between Japanese instruments and idioms and American avant-garde sensibilities, achieving a unified sound entirely without its own flattening the tensions of its disparate sources. The trio's first meetings were concurrent with a stark rise in discrimination and violence against Asian-Americans – and the titles pull at this: yellow "Fever", yellow "Peril", yellow "Skin". Dirge-like and full of passion, these tracks also register a subtle subversiveness whereby these derogatory slurs are reappropriated and reclaimed musically as fiery, vibrant, and brilliantly textural. This is a music both in defiance of the legacies of prejudice and in celebration of the complexiti es of identity.

An alternative vision of yellow is presented in "Gold” and "Dandelions". In the first instance, the continuity between the tracks suggests a breaking down of social categories towards the horizon of a world enraptured by the unmitigated beauty of its own color. , in these two tracks something different occurs: percussive punctuation of space briefly suspend moments in which suddenly anything might be possible, in which something unforeseen and new might even be spoken. It is these moments which demonstrate that truest virtuosity evident everywhere across the album – a virtuosity which moves beyond mastery over an instrument towards that most profound of the improvisor's abilities to listen deeply. What ultimately emerges from this is the sound of a voice: impassioned and resolute in its refusal to forget the past, in its admonition to face the present, and in its beckoning of a future."

Artist : Matsumoto / Shiroishi / Watanabe

Label: Dinzu Artefacts

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Koto player Kozue Matsumoto, saxophonist Patrick Shiroishi, shakuhachi player Shoshi Watanabe from Los Angeles, USA3 Japanese AmericansIs a joint record released in July 2022 from the state experimental label Dinzu Artefacts.

Includes 5 improvisational Japanese free jazz tracks based on a shared interest in exploring the identity of Japanese Americans. Comes with DL code.

Labels and other works here /// Click here to see more Dinzu Artefacts releases available at Tobira.

-------------------------

YELLOW vinyl edition of 100.
BLACK vinyl edition of 100.

Text by Adam Zuckerman :

"Yellow brings together acclaimed LA-based musicians Kozue Matsumoto, Patrick Shiroishi, and Shoshi Watanabe. With total expressive command of their instruments, the trio unfurls a brilliant and impassioned free improvisation of the highest virtuosic caliber that is at once anguished, defiant, and vigorously Hopeful.

An astonishing musical work, Yellow is also a powerful political statement. The musicians came together on the basis of a mutual interest in exploring Japanese-American identity. down the apparent barrier between Japanese instruments and idioms and American avant-garde sensibilities, achieving a unified sound entirely without its own flattening the tensions of its disparate sources. The trio's first meetings were concurrent with a stark rise in discrimination and violence against Asian-Americans – and the titles pull at this: yellow "Fever", yellow "Peril", yellow "Skin". Dirge-like and full of passion, these tracks also register a subtle subversiveness whereby these derogatory slurs are reappropriated and reclaimed musically as fiery, vibrant, and brilliantly textural. This is a music both in defiance of the legacies of prejudice and in celebration of the complexiti es of identity.

An alternative vision of yellow is presented in "Gold” and "Dandelions". In the first instance, the continuity between the tracks suggests a breaking down of social categories towards the horizon of a world enraptured by the unmitigated beauty of its own color. , in these two tracks something different occurs: percussive punctuation of space briefly suspend moments in which suddenly anything might be possible, in which something unforeseen and new might even be spoken. It is these moments which demonstrate that truest virtuosity evident everywhere across the album – a virtuosity which moves beyond mastery over an instrument towards that most profound of the improvisor's abilities to listen deeply. What ultimately emerges from this is the sound of a voice: impassioned and resolute in its refusal to forget the past, in its admonition to face the present, and in its beckoning of a future."

Artist : Matsumoto / Shiroishi / Watanabe

Label: Dinzu Artefacts