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    Higuchi, Keiko / Morishige, Yasumune – “Awai” – [Improvising Beings]

    Eight duets of voice and cello, of woman and man. Hints of the
    otherworldly, is Keiko channeling spirits, or under vocal
    possession? Is Yasumune a shaman, at times his cello slithers as
    it he were a snake charmer, more than an askew angle bower. The
    short titles and the simple configuration (all acoustic)
    belie the complexity of the music. Both musicians get a
    “throaty” rasp at times, though Yasumune lacks a mouth, he’s
    clearly got ears and seems to be taking cues from the
    spring of sounds, squeaky to shrieky and never afraid to be
    a bit freaky. In reviewing her work on Utech, I felt the
    ghost of Diamanda Galas being summoned (I know she’s still
    alive, but isn’t she still a ghost from 1800’s Lousiana?)
    Again Keiko hits those shadows, but there’s also a feeling
    of Japanese ceremonial music. Speaking of echoes, does
    Yasumune quote a Charlie Haden piece briefly on “Calls”?
    He’s really good at supporting the gyrations of Keiko,
    perhaps helped by his other job playing bass in
    Fushitsusha? Actually a solo record of Yasumune would
    be pretty amazing… There’s not much to hold on to
    hear in terms of structure, but improvising beings are
    definitely at play! -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 1, 2015 at 7:11 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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