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In Cotton and Wool

by Axel Dörner / Toshimaru Nakamura

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With his innovative performances, Berlin-based trumpeter Axel Dörner has been a leading figure on the improvised music scene since the 1990s. Internationally popular no-input mixing board player/improviser Toshimaru Nakamura structures sound by controlling mixer feedback. These two musicians released the CD "Vorhernach" on the Ftarri label in 2007, and "In Cotton and Wool" is their second duo album.

The four tracks on this album (each between 7 and 12 minutes) were recorded in a studio in Berlin in May 2017. Dörner uses electronics in addition to trumpet. In striking contrast with the 2007 first release, which is permeated with delicate sound creation making extensive use of soft tones, this second album is sure to overwhelm listeners with its radical, aggressive musical back-and-forth. What's more, there's never a monotonous moment--the overall structure is diverse and richly varied. This is a powerful masterpiece born of the two musicians' incomparable technique and musicianship.

革新的な演奏で1990年代より即興音楽シーンを牽引するドイツ、ベルリン在住のトランぺッター、アクセル・ドナー (Axel Dörner) と、ミキサーのフィードバックをコントロールしてサウンドを構成し、世界的に人気を博するノーインプット・ミキシング・ボード奏者 / 即興演奏家の中村としまる。このふたりは、2007年に Ftarri レーベルよりCD『Vorhernach』をリリースしており、本作はこれに続くセカンド・デュオ・アルバム。

本アルバムには、2017年5月にベルリンでスタジオ録音した、それぞれ7〜12分の4曲を収録。ドナーはトランペット以外に、エレクトロニクスも使用。2007年リリースのファースト・アルバムが弱音を多用した繊細なサウンド作りに徹していたのとは打って変わり、セカンド・アルバムでは、過激で攻撃的な音の応酬が聴く者を圧倒せずにはおかない。しかも、全体の構成は単調に陥ることなく多様で変化に富んでいる。ふたりの傑出した技巧と音楽性が生んだ、迫力みなぎる傑作!

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released April 21, 2019

Axel Dörner: trumpet and electronics
Toshimaru Nakamura: no-input mixing board

Recorded at Yan Jun's studio in Berlin, Germany, May 15, 2017
Mixed by Toshimaru Nakamura
Artwork and design by Tanabemse

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