Cathnor Recordings and Compost and Height present an evening of compositions by Taku Sugimoto and Ryoko Akama and Patrick Farmer.
Bruno Guastalla will open the concert performing Fold Pocket, Joint Standing, a score written for Guastalla by Patrick Farmer. Ryoko Akama and Taku Sugimoto will perform two duos written for and by the composers.
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Taku Sugimoto is a Japanese guitarist. He initially gained attention in the late 1990s for his restrained, melodic playing, unusual in the world of free improvisation. Critic Bruce Russell describes this era of Sugimoto’s music by writing: “Sugimoto is perhaps the pre-eminent stylist on the guitar … He brings a golden glow to every session he partakes in, having abandoned amped up noise in favour of a much more introspective and calligraphic style of play.” Around 2002 his music became increasingly abstract, all but eliminating melody and featuring extended periods of silence.
He has collaborated with other Japanese musicians involved in the Onkyo movement, such as Sachiko M, Toshimaru Nakamura and Otomo Yoshihide. He has also collaborated with musicians from European free improvisation scenes, notably trombonist Radu Malfatti and guitarist Keith Rowe.
Ryoko Akama is a sound artist / composer who works across sound installation, performance and composition. Her aesthetics approach empty field – silence (time) and space, and pursue the quality of the minimal, abstract and cumulative in multidimensional sonic experience. She explores sound objects and electronics, and also employs texts in order to create scores. She is the co-founder of Reductive Journal and runs Melange Edition.
Patrick Farmer is a musician and sound artist working within improvisation, poetry, field recording, and prose composition. He is the co-founder of Compost and Height and co-editor of Wolf Notes. He recently published his third book Yew Grotesque and is currently a PhD candidate at Oxford Brookes University.
Bruno Guastalla is a musician, composer and violin maker based in Oxford. He plays in various improvised groupings and is the a founding member of the Set Ensemble, a group dedicated to the writing and performance of contemporary composition.