Durational group-mind drone and clatter: bamboo, electronics, the contents of your local ironmongers bin. A 3-hour set from this legendary Japanese improvisation group; all students of Takehisa Kosugi at the radical Bigaku school of aesthetics in Tokyo in the 70’s.Read
Formed around one of our favourite musicians, Kazuo Imai, (a student of Japanese Free Jazz linchpin Masayuki Takayanagi and one time member of both Taj Mahal Travellers and Takayanagi’s New Direction Unit), the group is a reformation of the East Bionic Symphonia who released an incredible long-form drone record in the early 80’s. Brought back together in the 90’s, the group now features Tomonao Koshikawa, Kei Shii, and sound-artist Masami Tada. Their extended sets explore forms of sound and ways of playing that never coalesce into music, but create a group dynamic of ebb and flow, of exploration and fluidity. Two of our favourite Japanophiles – Chris Bohn and Alan Cummings (both of the Wire) – saw these guys play in Japan last Christmas and brought back tales of an incredible performance, of time stood still; bamboo as percussion, drone and clatter as detail. Yasushi Ozawa (bass player in Fushitsusha), a member of the group unfortunately passed away before making the trip to Glasgow. The performance was dedicated to him and a table was set for him in the performance space in his honour.