Friday, 23 September 2022

OUC042-OJP068 : Shintaro Kamijyo / Erik Satie Vexations - Loops, computer, electronics

Cover art by A.L.

OUC042-OJP068 : Shintaro Kamijyo / Erik Satie Vexations - Loops, computer, electronics 

A very special hypnotic dub micro house version of the Vexations which will surprise you and move you like Satie never did!

In addition to working as a film recording engineer/sound engineer/programmer on numerous projects, Shintaro Kamijyo runs the online electronic music label "+MUS" and has produced works by Japanese electronic music artists such as DUB-Russell, Seiho and Yaporigami. He also produces his own remix work. 

He is Currently a member of the famous Japanese art collective "Rhizomatiks" and has a long career as a DJ.

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Friday, 16 September 2022

ODG160 : Joseph Nowell Trio / Sketches


Cover art by A.L.

ODG160 : Joseph Nowell Trio / Sketches 

From Joseph words: 
'I met Manolo at a jam in Antwerp in 2018 while I was studying there for my master in jazz piano. We then began having sessions in Brussels together with Gaspard, playing standards, originals and improvising. I moved back to Italy before the pandemic, but we stayed in touch and in 2021 we decided to make a recording of my compositions, in Manolo's home studio in Brussels. The compositions are quite diverse, some are quite old and others more recent, and they have various influences ranging from 20th century classical music and dodecaphony, to free jazz, to more traditional jazz harmonies, etc...the 2021 recordings which make up the album were the first time we had played together after 2 years of pandemic. We spent four days recording, with a great, vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere. On the last day we felt like we had good takes of all the tunes, so Manolo and I decided to try some duo versions, treating the material very freely. This is where the "sketch" takes come from. The album is called "Sketches" because our intent in the compositions was for them to be merely starting points for us to improvise as freely as possible, whilst maintaining ourselves to the material, in the same way that a sketch is a rough, preparatory drawing and not something completely defined or organised.'


All pics by Erik Bogaerts

Joseph Nowell piano 
Manolo Cabras double bass 
Gaspard Sicx drums 

All compositions by Joseph Nowell except for Blurp, by Manolo Cabras 

Recorded in September 2021 by Manolo Cabras in Brussels, Belgium 
Mixed and mastered by Manolo Cabras 
Produced by Joseph Nowell

Joseph Nowell was born in England in 1994, half Italian. He started playing piano when he was 4 and studied at Pimlico Academy, London, with trips and concerts in Paris and Prague. At the age of 14 he moved to Siena (Italy), winning the third prize in the “G. Burrini” classical music competition a year later. I followed studying jazz at various places and with various teachers, participating in a lot of workshops.

He has collaborated with Emanuele Parrini, Tony Cattano, Amedeo Verniani, Tobia and Michele Bondesan, Giuseppe Sardina, Erik Bogaerts, Camilla Battaglia, Borrkia, Danny Bronzini, Finaz, Jesse Dockx etc. I have played at Pistoia Blues, Jaffa Jazz Festival (Tel Aviv), Footprints Jazz Festival (Gent), Vivi Fortezza (Siena), Teatro Sociale di Rovigo, Teatro Persio Flacco (Volterra) and dozens of other venues and clubs in Italy and Belgium.

Manolo Cabras is an established Sardinian double bass player based in Brussels with a long career, having collaborated with Ben Sluijs Quartet, Enrico Rava, Toots Thielemans Quartet, Chris Joris Quartet, Frederik Desmyter Quartet (feat. John Ruocco), Charles Gayle, Marshall Allen, Roswell Rud, Maria Pia De Vito, Marc Murphy, Jasper Blom, Jesse van Ruller and many others. 

Together with drummer Gaspard Sicx they form the rhythm section for many Belgian bands.

Digital release on the 18th of September 2022.

Track listing:

1: Mechelen

2: Collage

3: F

4: Blurp

5: Sketch of Tre Cipressi

6: Tre Cipressi

7: Sketch of Sketch

8: Sketch

9: Sketch of F

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Friday, 9 September 2022

OJP067 : Space808 / Dimensional Stairs


Cover art by Hiroto Uezi / Pic by Kenichi Iwai

OJP067 : Space808 / Dimensional Stairs

The new album by this space adventurous quintet jazz combo (see also OJP047) was recorded on January 19, 2022 at Nakano Pignose in Tokyo. 

5 long tracks that navigate through ambient experimental space jazz. The sax, the guitar and the piano weave a spiritual fabric that make you float in your mind while the rhythm section bring a smooth but solid texture. 

The whole performance is again a total improvisation but a steady and thrilling one! An album that you can listen over again and again and always discover something new, being sounds or spirit! Enjoy!

SPACE808 are: 

Sax : Hiroshi Nakamura
Guitar : Taku Tajima
Piano : Eisuke Kato
Contrabass : Noboru Ando
Drums : Hiroto Uezi

Recorded on January 19, 2022 at Nakano Pignose in Tokyo.

Digital release on the 9th of September 2022.

Track Listing:

01 Feast in the Clouds
02 Memory of Reverse
03 Dimensional Stairs
04 Baseman Walks
05 Dimensional Stairs 0

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Friday, 2 September 2022

OPN007 : Domenico Solazzo's PaNoPTiCoN / Live at Periscope


Cover art by Domenico Solazzo

OPN007 : Domenico Solazzo's PaNoPTiCoN / Live at Periscope

7th release in the Panopticon series! 

Improvised and recorded live at Le Periscope, Lyon, France, on the  29th April 2011.

Antoine Guenet (kayboards, piano) 
see also OCD041OCD042OCD043OCD049,ODG140 and ODG148
Daniel Palomo Vinuesa (soprano saxophone, ewi, laptop)
Matthieu Safatly (electric cello)
Domenico Solazzo (drums, voice, direction)

Sound Engineer, Post production & Artwork by Domenico Solazzo

Digital release on the 2nd of September 2022.

Track listing:

1: Supermarket
2: Treason
3: Replicant
4: Hiccup
5: Growth
6: Ludo
7: Dive
8: Square
9: Cleanse
10: Babylon
11: Chlorine
12: Quit

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Friday, 26 August 2022

OUC041 : Alinovsky feat. Phoebe Tsang / The Angel Particle


Cover art by A.L.

OUC041 : Alinovsky feat. Phoebe Tsang / The Angel Particle


"During the 2020 Brussels lockdown I asked Phoebe to record her violin. It could be tracks, improvisations, loops, just bow or strings noises...whatever she would like to do. As she was busy finishing a poetry book she took quite a few months to deliver but in September 2021 she had a 4 days window opportunity with a loaned recorder device so she took it and recorded a bunch of tracks in various tempi, lengths and tries. I quickly worked on 4 tracks end of 2021, editing, adding effects, keys and percussions and let the tracks on a side until May 2022 when I finally took a week to listen back, edit, work on new ones and finish the album with a 23 minutes track!

I gave all to Pierre Vervloesem who added a few real basses, a bass solo and a nice ending on track 7, did the overall mix and mastering.

The Angel Particle track is just a simple 5 minutes violin take with a succession of notes from Phoebe slowed at 30 bpm which gives it almost a trumpet sound at times. This is perfect if you want to close your eyes and stop thinking.

For a better pleasure, listen to the whole album with headphones!"

Phoebe Tsang: all the violins - see also her solo album OUC019
Alinovsky: arrangements, keys, fake violins, percussions, pre-mixes
Pierre Vervloesem: added basses, spices, mix and mastering

More about Phoebe music and books:

Digital release on the 26th of August 2022.

Track listing:

1: Fire
2: Earth
3: Copper
4: Seal
5: Wood
6: Snow
7: Angel
8: The Angel Particle

9: Fire - alternative version - Bandcamp only bonus track

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Friday, 19 August 2022

ODG159 : Floy Krouchi - Núria Martínez-Vernis / Electrogenètica


Cover art by A.L., script drawing for the performance by Floy Krouchi

ODG159 : Floy Krouchi -  Núria Martínez-Vernis / Electrogenètica

Two stubborn explorers of their respective arts, music and poetry met at GTS for a concert/recital that resulted in an intense journey through the depths of artistic creation in May 2018.
A dragged and disturbing abecedary opened the Encounter in the Space Time. Núria Martínez- Vernis started the recital by shelling the letters of the alphabet with blasts and cacophonies while Floy Krouchi started her machinery producing sound waves skimming the ground, or even below, thus creating a dark and unhurried ambient, both dense and hypnotic only loosen in the short final encore. Krouchi and Martínez-Vernis, two “parallel worlds that understand each other from ear to ear,” weaved a deep recital, they cooked a rich magma as slow as bright that still reverberates on the walls of the venue, as well as on the arteries of the audience.

They have baptised their action Electrogenètica and the final result is a 38 minutes of music, voices and sounds that go deep in a sort of trance that hypnotises our ears.

Floy Krouchi

French bassist Floy Krouchi (see also OCD047), LEM’s resident artist in 2017 and 2018, is a renowned experimenter on the possibilities of her instrument, the sounds of which she modifies as she wishes thanks to electronic devices. Outstanding composer, she has worked with artists of several disciplines all over de world, performing sonic installations, web-art and music for dance and experimental cinema. 

Núria Martínez-Vernis

On the other hand, Catalan poet Núria Martínez-Vernis, with three published books and several prizes, is one of the most powerful voices if the current Catalan poetry, having performed in hundreds of recitals. She is currently immersed in the research of the stage possibilities of improvisation with words, being a pioneer in this field in our country.

Concert recorded live at the Gràcia Territori Sonor Headquarters, Barcelona, May 31, 2018, within the program of Encontres en l'Espai-Temps, improvisation sessions within the framework of Off LEM.

Floy Krouchi: Bass, electronics
Núria Martínez Vernis : Texts, voice
Direct sound: Irene Roca
Pre-master for the Archive: Albert Guitart
Mastering: Pierre Vervloesem
The photographs are by Cristian Vega.

Dedicated to Victor Nubla 

Meetings at l'Espai-Temps (EET): Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Improvisation are combined sessions of collective improvisation of artists from different disciplines: music, dance, poetry, narrative and acting, and visual arts. He raises the intersections between the arts of words, body, sound and drawing live when they come together in the same space-time through the improvisational grammars of those disciplines. It also includes readings, screenings and a combination of several of these activities, although mainly in their performative aspect. The year- round extension of this device allows it to adapt to the opportunities of touring artists and the possibilities of their interaction with local creators. Encounters in Space-Time (EET) are a perfect container for interdisciplinary, intergenerational and transnational experimentation and also allow local artists to be tracked for international exchanges as well as for programming at the LEM.

Digital release on the 19th of August 2022.

Track listing:

1: Electrogenètica (38 minutes)

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Friday, 15 July 2022

OJP066 : Shinji Kikuchi / Guitalelistication


Cover art by A.L.

OJP066 : Shinji Kikuchi / Guitalelistication

Another lost masterpiece from Shinji Kikuchi (see also OJP043).

Shinji about his album:

"This instrumental album was recorded in 2000 when I just returned from Salvador Bahia in Brazil back in Japan.
I had to return to play with a musician from the Andes that I used to play with.
I like Andean music but I wanted to record  using my new skills learned while playing Brazilian music and jazz in Salvador Bahia.
I used a Yamaha "guitalele" which is like a ukulele but has 2 additional bass strings.
My ambition was to be endorsed by Yamaha to get money and make more albums in order to make this instrument"guitalele"famous but as you can guess I failed miserably.
Nevertheless I did live performances with another guitarist  and I sold this CD when performing with the Andean musician even though we were not playing any music from this album.
The album succeeded with some people but I was young and expected more reaction from the music world though my promotion skills were far from professional.
I recorded one more album with this style then when something different."

All music composed and all instruments played by Shinji Kikuchi on a Yamaha MD4 multi track recorder in his home studio in Kawasaki Kanagawa Japan.

Digital release on the 15th of July 2022.

Track listing:

1: Mamita
2: Caxa de agua
3: Winter gate
4: Birthday
5: Verguenza
6: Pentatonic love
7: Cigarra
8: Insanity
9: Humor
10: Frog
11: Los piratas

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