Friday Dec 2nd 2016 @Rhizome
Makoto Kawabata+Tatsuya Nakatani, Rick Parker and Li Daiguo, Halo Valley
Makoto Kawabata+Tatsuya Nakatani
On the surface, guitarist Makoto Kawabata and percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani would appear to be unlikely collaborators. Save for their shared country of origin and prolific musical outputs, the wooly-haired psychedelic shaman of Acid Mothers Temple and the fiercely-focused conjurer of ritualistic solo percussion and conductor of the Gong Orchestra seem to occupy very separate ends of the musical spectrum – one in the Dionysian throes of electric excess, the other in the Apollinian exploration of acoustic purity. But the process and action of Improvisation provides a space where these two unique musicians can meet on equal footing and create a shared path in which their common love of immersion in the sheer richness and grain of SOUND can flower to its full and dynamic potential.
While much of Nakatani's work has emphasized his exploration of unamplified acoustic sound – from his solo concerts to the Nakatani Gong Orchestra to collaborations with master acoustic improvisors like Barre Phillips, Michel Doneda, and Peter Kowald – he has a parallel track record of powerful playing with electric guitarists such as Donald Miller (Borbetomagus), Mary Halvorson, and Kenta Nagai. In fact, one could make the case that Nakatani's use of sustained sounds and howling overtones via bowed gongs, cymbals and scraping objects makes for a more compelling foil for the sonic palette of electric guitarists than does conventional drum kit playing. The wailing fury of Tatsuya's bowed work can match wits with the most piercing guitar feedback like the sound-world of Stockhausen's "Mikrophonie 1" fully unleashed from the composer's control.
Kawabata likewise can surprise the listener with the range of expression at his fingertips, all while retaining the qualities that make him so distinctly individual. In Acid Mothers Temple he's established the mantle on which his reputation is built by conjuring an ecstatic blast of high volume fuzz-wah mania that touches on Hendrix, Blue Cheer, Hawkwind, the Stooges and a host of other fellow astral-travelers in a blend that is now inimitably Kawabata – amps on 10 and controls set for the heart of the sun. But on his numerous solo recordings and collaborative outings outside of AMT he has shown other wider facets of his musical psyche, often foregrounding ritualistic elements with a remarkably sustained focus. And he's no stranger to intense face-offs with other drummers of serious rep, as his marvelous concert and recorded outings with Guru-Guru's Mani Neumeier and AfriRampo's Pikachu most certainly attest.
Perhaps the trait that unites them most is their unwavering commitment to robust touring. Whether its AMT's relentless world tour schedules or Tatsuya's perpetual travels on U.S. highways in his trademark Sprinter van housing a kitchen and enough instruments for a full Gong Orchestra, these two gentlemen are road dogs of the first order – braving the physical rigors of constant travel to bring the music directly to the people. Fittingly, they first met on the road in 2001when Tatsuya was subbing for the drummer in Psychic Paramount on a run of shows opening for Acid Mothers Temple in France. They continued to run into each other in Japan and elsewhere in their various travels, eventually performing as a duo in 2014 for a few shows and then extended to a full Japanese tour in 2015. But for U.S. audiences this 2016 tour is the first chance to see & hear them together.
So now we have Kawabata-Nakatani, upending any preconceptions and getting their hands dirty in the fertile trenches of real music-making. Beyond genre, beyond style, an explosive fulfillment of the kinetic potential simmering in these two fearless explorers of sound's outer reaches and tireless veterans of the road.
-- Rob Cambre, (New Orleans, 2016)
Rick Parker and Li Daiguo
Sounds of the trombone, cello, pipa, human voice and a variety of electronic remedies are conjured to form the psychoacoustic duo of Brooklyn’s Rick Parker and China’s Li Daiguo. “The sounds that the two create together are uncategorizable, a fluid blend of past and future, traditional and modern. They move from the ambient to the abstract, with folk-like acoustics colliding strangely with sci-fi electronics.” (Shaun Brady). With performances and recording sessions over the last 3 years in both NYC and Dali, a small city in southwest China, Parker and Li released their debut record, Free World Music, on Brooklyn’s eleven2eleven and Very Special Music record labels in July 2016.
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