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Idiomatic Expressionism

by Toshimaru Nakamura / Tetuzi Akiyama

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IE.1 07:24
IE.2 08:51
IE.3 08:34
IE.4 05:05
IE.5 03:50


Both Toshimaru Nakamura and Tetuzi Akiyama started their musical activities in earnest in the 1990s. Today, both hold concert tours around the world on a yearly basis, have a long list of releases, and count among Japan's leading improvisers. Nakamura constructs sound with the instrument he calls the no-input mixing board, which creates feedback through irregular hard wiring of an analog audio mixer. Guitarist Akiyama plays either acoustic or electric guitar in highly original performances ranging from lyrical to noisy.

Nakamura and Akiyama have been collaborating for a long time. Over a period of several years in the early 2000s, they co-organized the monthly improvised music series "Meeting at Off Site" (held at the now-defunct gallery Off Site). While they have since appeared together many times in performances with other musicians, they've given a relatively small number of duo concerts. Surprisingly, "Idiomatic Expressionism" is only the second duo album by Nakamura and Akiyama and the first since their debut duo CD "Semi-Impressionism" (Spekk) was released 12 years ago (in 2009). While that CD consists of edited live recordings of overseas concerts, "Idiomatic Expressionism" is made up of studio recordings. This ambitious work was created in a deliberate, unhurried way from 2020 to 2021. In the album's five improvised music tracks, Nakamura's no-input mixing board and Akiyama's acoustic guitar produce an accumulation of sounds in a profound and exquisite manner.


中村と秋山の音楽上の付き合いは古く、2000年代初頭には、今は無きギャラリー「オフサイト」で、月例即興演奏シリーズ「Meeting at Off Site」を数年にわたり共同主宰している。その当時から、ふたりはほかの演奏家を交えて幾度も共演してきたが、ふたりだけでの演奏となるとそれほど多くはない。リリースでは、2009年CD『Semi-Impressionism』(Sepkk) がデュオ・デビュー作で、『Idiomatic Expressionism』はそれ以来、なんと12年ぶりのセカンド・アルバムである。前作は海外でのライヴ演奏を編集し収録していたが、本作はスタジオ録音。2020年から2021年にかけて、じっくりと時間をかけて制作した意欲作。中村のノーインプット・ミキシング・ボードと秋山のアコースティック・ギターが味わい深く絶妙に音を作り重ねていく、即興演奏5曲を収録。


released October 31, 2021

Toshimaru Nakamura: no-input mixing board
Tetuzi Akiyama: acoustic guitar

Recorded by Taku Unami and Toshimaru Nakamura in 2020-2021
Mixed and mastered by Toshimaru Nakamura in the summer of 2021
Artwork and design by tanabemse


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