Improvised Music from Japan, IMJ-515
Released in December 2003
Purchase price in Japan: 2,000 yen (tax not included)
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Toshimaru Nakamura: no-input mixing board (1, 2, 5, 6)
Tetuzi Akiyama: electric guitar (1), resonator guitar (2, 3), acoustic guitar (4, 6), amplified acoustic guitar (5)
Gallery Off Site in Yoyogi, Tokyo, is one of the world's most well known venues for new improvised music. Meeting at Off Site, the monthly improvisational performance series hosted by Tetuzi Akiyama and Toshimaru Nakamura, has in recent years been Off Site's main event. The six tracks on this CD are edited recordings of the Meetings of May through October, 2002. This is the final collection of original-format Meetings, in which hosts Akiyama and Nakamura improvised with one or two guest musicians from Japan or overseas. (Subsequently, the format was changed to a solo session by a guest musician.) In other words, it is the final segment of a trilogy. Here is the "Off Site sound," characterized by extreme quietness and sparsity of sound. As a document of internationally recognized cutting-edge improvised music, Meeting at Off Site Vol. 3 should not be missed. Guest musicians are Hakon Kornstad, Masafumi Ezaki, o.blaat, Sachiko M, Oren Ambarchi, Keiichi Sugimoto, Paul Hood, and Günter Müller.
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