(Improvised Music from Japan, IMJ-506)
Released in May 2003
Purchase price in Japan: 2,000 yen (tax not included)
(For purchase outside of Japan, prices vary.)
Tetuzi Akiyama plays amplified acoustic guitar on all tracks except #2 (turntable and air duster), and #7 (electric bass).
Toshimaru Nakamura plays no-input mixing board on all tracks except #7 (tabletop guitar).
Gallery Off Site in Yoyogi, Tokyo, was one of the world's best-known venues for performance of the new improvised music. One of Off Site's core events was the monthly improvisation series Meeting at Off Site, established and hosted by Tetuzi Akiyama and Toshimaru Nakamura. Following the critical success (both domestic and international) of Vol. 1, released in 2002, this second CD of live recordings documents the period between December 2001 and May 2002. Like the first volume, it consists of excerpts from concerts by the two Meeting hosts, plus one or two guest musicians. The difference is that the excerpts here are fewer and longer, allowing the listener to better appreciate each musician's unique style. This CD documents the musical evolution--which might even be called the Off Site sound--characterized by extreme quietness and sonic sparsity. This is an indispensable record of the improvised music avant-garde which gained worldwide attention in the early 2000s.
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