Seiho – “Collapse” (Review)

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Seiho

Collapse

Leaving Records LP

Japanese compose Seiho combines various sampled elements into his electronic music to make a formidable musical mélange. They consist of snippets of modern jazz, synth riffs, pizzicato string samples, electronic blurts, and tastes of musique concrète such as whistles and running water. The accumulation of sounds is kept from being too heady by an undergirding of dance hall beats, which supplies the work with an immediacy that much latter day avant-electronica eschews. Seiho navigates this middle path between accessibility and experimentation with aplomb, making music that is both serviceable and intriguing: a rare combination.

Big in Japan

Righteous Girls in Japan 2016

I am very proud of flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi. Their duo, known as Righteous Girlsperforms twice in Japan this week. They are presenting their Gathering Blue project, recorded on New Focus Records, at Horie Arte1-18-17 Kita-Horie, Osaka, Japan, on June 3rd and 5th at 7:30 PM.

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Gathering Blue features composers Ambrose Akinmusire, Andy Akiho, Dave Molk, Jonathan Ragonese, Pascal Le Bouef, Randy Woolf, and Vijay Iyer. Gina and Erika have also included my duo “For Milton:” an homage to Milton Babbitt that mixes serial outer sections with a slice of swing in the middle.

I’m excited to have my music visit Japan: I hope to get there myself someday!




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