[Local events] Tetuzi Akiyama - Wed 7/5 at Dunes;
Glen Moore Thurs 7/6 at Sunnyside
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Wed Jul 5 14:20:39 PDT 2006
Solo at Sunnyside Concert Series begins Thursday July 6
The Solo at Sunnyside Summer Concert Series will kick off at 7 PM on
Thursday, July 6 at Sunnyside School Park with a solo performance by
renowned bassist Glen Moore. Glen is one of the founding members of the
group Oregon and performs internationally in a variety of ensembles. The
series is part of Portland Parks and Recreation's Summer Concerts and
features solo performances of original music by creative jazz improvisers.
Admission is free for all ages. All concerts are at 7 PM on Thursdays.
Sunnyside School Park is at SE 34th and Taylor.
The series includes two more solo concerts:
Thursday, July 13 Bert Wilson will perform on woodwinds
Thursday, July 20 Rich Halley will perform on saxophones.
For more information please call (503) 244-2070
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Subject: Japanese guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama - Wednesday July 5th @ Dunes
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2006 10:49:52 -0700
From: Jonathan Sielaff <jonathansielaff at gmail.com>
To: Jonathan Sielaff <jonathansielaff at gmail.com>
"Tetuzi Akiyama's guitar playing, with its spindly blues-tinged
inflections and stifled silences, is without a doubt one of the more
engaging performance approaches in contemporary improvisational music."
Wednesday, July 5th
1905 NE MLK
Opening (around 8:30 pm) are Tres Gone, the veteran Portland free-jazz trio.
At approximately 9:30 pm. Akiyami will perform an acoustic duo set with
Vancouver, BC, percussionist Jeffrey Allport, then a solo electric
guitar set based on his "boogie guitar" work.
"An artist of starkly contrasting styles, Tetuzi Akiyama gained
international recognition as a member of Tokyo's "onkyo" scene of
improvisers in the late 90's. A groundbreaking and highly influential
group, the onkyo musicians are known for zen-like subtlety, quietness,
and a remarkable use of silence. Akiyama's music can have these
qualities, but his connections to blues and folk have always been
clear. His solo acoustic performances are delicate, beautiful, and
expressive; often sounding like an intersection between country blues
and traditional Japanese music.
"On the other end of the spectrum is Akiyama's electric guitar music:
a hypnotic, white-hot, jaw-dropping tribute to "boogie guitar" (Canned
Heat, John Lee Hooker, ZZ Top, etc.). But Tetuzi's boogie is an
odyssey that beams us way beyond the riffs that influence it. It's a
mind-melting trip on the beauties of distortion, repetition,
minimalism, and groove. Akiyama's "boogie guitar" is one of the more
original, shocking, and personal musical expressions in recent years,
yet it is deeply rooted in the tradition of the instrument."
- Deep Listening Institute Houston, May 2006
Guitar, electronics, viola, and self-made instrument player
Born in Tokyo, April 13, 1964.
Tetuzi Akiyama is a highly unique and experimental guitarist heavily
applying free improvisation and noise. Besides guitar, he also plays
electronics, viola, and self-made instruments.
Akiyama became an enthusiastic hard rock fan when he was eleven years
old, and started playing electric guitar at the age of thirteen.
Later, he also came to be very interested in free improvisation and
classical music. He formed the improvised music band Madhar in 1987.
He also started playing classical viola, and formed the Hikyo String
Quintet in 1994. The band, which played avant-garde improvised
classical music, consisted of a viola, two cello, and two violin
players, and included Taku Sugimoto on cello. Sugimoto soon left the
band, which thus became a quartet. Later that year, Akiyama and
Sugimoto launched their guitar duo, Akiyama-Sugimoto. They played gigs
in New York in 1995, and in the Midwest (including Chicago and
Detroit) in '96. For about a year starting in early 1994, Akiyama was
also a member of Nijiumu, one of guitarist Keiji Haino's bands.
Recently Akiyama has two improvised music projects: Sutekina Tea Time,
a duo with Takashi Matsuoka (guitar, vocal); and Mongoose, a trio with
Sugimoto and Utah Kawasaki (analog synthesizer). Since 1998, together
with Sugimoto and Toshimaru Nakamura (no-imput mixing board), he has
been organizing an inspiring monthly concert series, The Improvisation
Meeting at Bar Aoyama (renamed The Experimental Meeting in '99, and
Meeting at Off Site in 2000).
Tetuzi Akiyama is frequently associated with the insurgent improvising
community in Tokyo generated around guitarist Taku Sugimoto but to be
sure his sound owes as much to a unique strain of country blues
engulfed in negative space. His loosely strewn playing skirts the
usual cliches of the guitar in both the free improv and trad folk
scenes. Pre-Existence is a puzzling and often achingly beautiful
slurred guitar meditation. Sit back & let your ears bear witness to a
zen blues of the most elemental, meditative form.
"Tetuzi plays his instrument in a way that is completely unindebted to
any familiar guitar styles. His guitar can make the ears feel
cross-eyed and bloodshot; it can make the space in the listener's own
throat feel like it's closing up. Sometimes it feels like seeing
clocks melt, or watching a car crash unfold in slow motion." ~Sam
Sweet, Stop Smiling
"Of the many who found themselves unwittingly tagging along behind the
John Fahey revival bandwagon, Akiyama is perhaps the closest in spirit
to Blind Joe Death. Pre-Existence is a classic example of the
less-is-more aesthetic Fahey admired, a music of great depth and
nuance created with the strictest economy of material and breathtaking
attention to detail."~All Music Guide
Tetuzi Akiyama's guitar playing, with its spindly blues-tinged
inflections and stifled silences, is without a doubt one of the more
engaging performance approaches in contemporary improvisational music.
He consistently manages to steer performances away from oblivious
dissonant abstraction, denying his sessions the baggage of the usual
ominous, sterility-tinted cliches. Akiyama has a sensitive range, able
to indulge both in the moments of abandon and focus the improvisation
with his dark, raspy melodies. ~Dusted
"No question, Tetuzi Akiyama is one of Japan's leading avant-garde
musicians. Along with Sugimoto, he's often attributed as one of the
first members of a rag-tag group of musicians in Japan whose sound is
commonly called "onkyo" -- roughly translating as "reverberating
sound" -- a philosophy of improvisation that holds silence in high
esteem. It's an expression of sound easily aligned with John Cage, but
came about also as a more direct response to the noise music that
dominated the Japanese underground, via Merzbow and Boredoms and Keiji
Haino. After all that squall, something had to give. Either a musician
had to compete for decibels with the ultra-noise of Japanese culture,
or, as Sugimoto and Akiyama decided, compete for silence." ~Pop
TETUZI AKIYAMA is presented with support from:
The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound
The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.
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