Friday 1 September 2023

OUC044-OJP071 : Manna and Mana / Métamorphose


Cover art by Masahito Hiranuma

OUC044-OJP071: Manna and Mana / Métamorphose

Mana says:

"In 2021, I was contacted by drummer Manabu HASHIMOTO, who offered me to play with him. He had listened to my performance during a series of chamber music that I was organizing as artistic director, which convinced him that together we would be able to create a project that would bring together the boundaries between classical music and jazz.
The public image of classical music in Japan is often as an "inaccessible and difficult music to understand". However, as a classical pianist, I always thought it was important to collaborate with different disciplines, and I got on well with him because I believe that our music is essentially the same thing.
In order to facilitate the understanding of the public, we have decided not to play standards or known pieces, but rather to seek to merge and expand classical music and jazz. Our choice fell on classical music of the 20th century.
Divisions create clashes, and the resulting friction breeds misunderstanding and criticism. The same goes for culture. We hope that integrating different cultures and disciplines will allow more people to deepen their understanding and appreciation of culture."

Manabu Hashimoto: drums and percussions
Mana Fukui: piano

Manna and Mana

Recorded at Chino Cultural Complex Concert Hall on 19th April 2023.
Tonmeister: Jun Terunuma
Sound design: Shinya Matsushita
Cover art by Masahito Hiranuma (Instagram here)

Digital release on the 1st of September 2023.

Track listing:

1: Première Gymnopédie - Erik Satie
2: Les trois valses distinguées du précieux dégoûté - Erik Satie
3: Valses nobles et sentimentales (II) - Maurice Ravel
4: Polka from The Golden Age - Dmitri Shostakovich
5: Pajaro triste - Fererico Monpou
6: Musica ricercata (VII) - György Ligeti
7: Stücke op.2 - Valentin Sylvestrof
8: La plus que lente - Claude Debussy
9: ATPR - Manabu Hashimoto
10: Impromptu op.66 No.2 - Nikolai Kapustin

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