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    Kihlstedt, Carla / Fujii, Satoko – “Minamo ” – [Henceforth]

    2007 release on Bonnie Wright’s fine Henceforth label, with
    two live rendezvous renderings from violinista Carla Kihlstedt
    and Satoko Fujii on piano. Their talents are wide-ranging as
    witnessed in Fujii’s fantastic big band work and experimental
    energy sounds with her husband-trumpeter and sometimes with
    Tatsuya Yosiha from Ruins, Kihlstedt’s Two Foot Yard, and
    charter membership with the Tin Hat Trio and Sleepytime
    Gorilla Museum speak and spike volumes. Here the two start
    off with some simple ground, a pumping number with a detective
    slant. The second piece is elaborate and romantic, octave
    upper limits sketch a skyline, and Kihlstedt laces some
    superbly thin lines of light bouncing off the mirrors. Fujii
    has some lower 88 rumbling too on this. The third is a short
    blast of (Billy) Bang-like shoeless, soulful playing. Those
    three were from a 2002 ROVA anniversary party, the last piece
    from 2005 in Austria. Subzero harmonics of violin skating and
    piano icicle droplets, even when the tempo accelerates,
    there are a lot of rests to retain the glacier’s edge on
    this one. A pretty melody around 4 minutes to go, leads to a
    transformation to a proud powerful coda led by Fujii but that
    then succumbs to a scrapy blizzard and silence. As attested by
    their publishing insignias these are two ladies who cherish
    communication and ceremony. These four improvisations are full
    of each…

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 21, 2008 at 10:30 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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