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rooms and shadows (1 and 3)

by Sun Yizhou / Kevin Corcoran

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Born in 2000, Sun Yizhou is an up-and-coming improviser/composer based in Beijing. In 2022 he released the CD "Responses" (on the Japanese label zappak), a collaboration with fellow Beijing resident Zhu Wenbo. Kevin Corcoran is a San Francisco-based percussionist who also uses field recordings and electronics in his musical projects. He has carried out tours in Europe as well as Japan and other East Asian countries.

The four pieces on this CD (each about 13 minutes long), based on graphic scores by Sun Yizhou, were produced through online exchanges between the two musicians in June-July 2022 and mixing by Sun. While there are scores at its foundation, the music has strong improvisational elements. Sun used electronics; Corcoran used percussive objects. The various sounds produced by the two musicians run in parallel while interweaving and going through several transformations. The layering of multiple sounds is exquisite, and the finished works are extremely rewarding.

Sun Yizhou は中国、北京在住の即興演奏家 / 作曲家。2000年生まれの期待の若手注目株。2022年には日本の zappak レーベルから同じ北京在住の Zhu Wenbo との共演CD『Responses』をリリース。一方の Kevin Corcoran は米国サンフランシスコ在住のパーカショニスト。さらにフィールド・レコーディングやエレクトロニクスを使った音楽活動もおこなっている。ヨーロッパや日本を含む東アジア諸国へのツアー経験あり。

本CDは、Sun Yizhou のグラフィック・スコアを基に、2022年6〜7月にふたりがオンラインでやりとりし、Sun Yizhou がミックスして制作した4曲 (演奏時間はどれも13分) を収録。基となるスコアはあるものの、即興的要素が強い。Sun Yizhou はエレクトロニクス、Kevin Corcoran はパーカッシヴなオブジェを使用。両者が繰り出す数種のサウンドが組み合わさってしばらく並走し、サウンドは何度か姿を変えながら並走を続ける。複数のサウンドの重ね方が絶妙で、非常に密度の濃い作品に仕上がっている。


released February 12, 2023

Sun Yizhou: electronic
Kevin Corcoran: percussive objects

Recorded separately in Beijing and San Francisco, June-July, 2022
Mixed by Sun Yizhou
Mastered by Zhu Wenbo
Photos by Sun Yizhou and Kevin Corcoran
Design by Cathy Fishman


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