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Tetuzi Akiyama / Takuji Kawai


Numbered limited edition of 450
Out on August 28, 2011
Purchase price in Japan: 1,500 yen (tax not included)
(For purchase outside of Japan, prices vary.)

  1. Continuation (4:00)
  2. Superposition (3:08)
  3. Confrontation (2:47)
  4. Variation (10:45)
  5. Transmission (4:37)
  6. Realization (8:18)
  7. Penetration (7:42)
  8. Intervention (3:18)

    mp3 excerpt: track 1
    mp3 excerpt: track 3
    mp3 excerpt: track 6

Tetuzi Akiyama: acoustic guitar
Takuji Kawai: piano with preparations

Recorded by Buntaro Shibuya at GOK Sound, Tokyo, September 14, 2009
Mixed and mastered by Toshimaru Nakamura
Produced by Takuji Kawai
Artwork by Naomi Shigeta
Design by Hirozumi Takeda

Tetuzi Akiyama, an improviser who plays both acoustic and electric guitar, performs in Japan and other countries, including on yearly overseas tours. Takuji Kawai, born in 1963, studied classical piano as a child and received a master's degree from the graduate school of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He started improvising in the mid-1980s, and in addition to improvised music he currently performs works by contemporary composers like John Cage, Morton Feldman, Giacinto Scelsi, and Yuji Takahashi. An outstanding talent, Kawai is a composer as well as a pianist.

This CD consists of eight duo improvisations on acoustic guitar and piano, studio-recorded in September 2009. Kawai uses preparations like bolts and thread on most of the tracks (Akiyama uses a prepared guitar on one track and a slide guitar on another.). The two acoustic instruments sometimes clash, sometimes sympathize, without ever losing the overall tension and control.

Last updated: August 24, 2011

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