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Taku Sugimoto

Quintets: Berlin, San Diego

meenna-984
Limited edition of 500
Out on October 15, 2017
Purchase price in Japan: 1,500 yen (tax not included)
(For purchase outside of Japan, prices vary.)


  1. Quintet (2017) - Berlin, 2017.08.06 (30:42)
  2. Quintet (2017) - San Diego, 2017.03.15 (29:02)

    Composition by Taku Sugimoto

    mp3 excerpt: track 1 (part 1)
    mp3 excerpt: track 1 (part 2)
    mp3 excerpt: track 2 (part 1)
    mp3 excerpt: track 2 (part 2)

Rebecca Lane: flute (1)
Michael Matsuno: flute (2)
Michiko Ogawa: clarinet (1, 2)
Samuel Dunscombe: clarinet (1, 2)
Johnny Chang: violin (1)
Erik Carlson: violin (2)
Lucy Railton: cello (1)
Judith Hamann: cello (2)

Track 1 recorded live at Studio 8, Wedding, Berlin, Germany
Track 2 recorded at CPMC Studio (UCSD), La Jolla, San Diego, U.S.A.
Recorded and mixed by Samuel Dunscombe
Mastered by Joe Talia
Drawing by Mario Sarramian
Design by Cathy Fishman


In recent years, guitarist Taku Sugimoto has been active as a composer, providing works to musicians inside and outside Japan, and also as an improvisational musician. He often works with composers and musicians in the sphere of the Wandelweiser school, and gives many performances overseas. Sugimoto is also a member of the Suidobashi Chamber Ensemble, which is made up of five Japanese musicians.

This CD, Sugimoto's first release since Septet (on Meenna) in 2015, is made up of two versions, both about 30 minutes long, of his 2017 composition "Quintet," recorded in Berlin and San Diego (U.S.A.). It is performed by five musicians on flute, two clarinets, violin and cello. Track 1, the Berlin version, is a live performance that took place on August 6, 2017. Track 2, the San Diego version, was studio-recorded on March 15, 2017. Clarinetists Samuel Dunscombe, from Australia, and Michiko Ogawa performed on both tracks. Other performing musicians were Rebecca Lane (flute), Johnny Chang (violin), and Lucy Railton (cello) in Berlin; and Michael Matsuno (flute), Erik Carlson (violin), and Judith Hamann (cello) in San Diego. Sugimoto composed the work but did not participate in the performances. The frequently overlapping and interfering long tones and the short tones nonchalantly plucked on the strings continue throughout the performances. Simple structural beauty and a tranquil resonance pervade the performances. A masterpiece.


Last updated: October 12, 2017

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