Ftarri / Meenna

Masashi Takashima / Tomoko Kageyama / Tetsu Nagasawa / Toshihiro Koike


Limited edition of 300
Out on November 20, 2016
Purchase price in Japan: 1,500 yen (tax not included)
(For purchase outside of Japan, prices vary.)

  1. Attractor (16:52)
  2. Action-Potential (29:51)

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

Masashi Takashima: drums, G.I.T.M.
Tomoko Kageyama: vibraphone, percussion
Tetsu Nagasawa: drums
Toshihiro Koike: trombone (only on track 2)

Track 1 - composed by Masashi Takashima
Track 2 - improvisation

Recorded live at Ftarri, Tokyo, March 12, 2015
Recorded and mastered by Masashi Takashima
Artwork and design by Cathy Fishman

Drummer Masashi Takashima, who lives in Fukushima City, is also an avid composer who creates works that move between composition and improvisation. This album contains two pieces performed at Ftarri, Tokyo, on March 12, 2015: Takashima's composition "Attractor" and the improvisation that followed it. "Attractor" is performed by the trio of Takashima and Tetsu Nagasawa on twin drums and Tomoko Kageyama on vibraphone, using a score consisting of staff notation, graphics and text. In addition to drums, Takashima uses an electronics setup he calls G.I.T.M. Kageyama's vibraphone features prominently within the diffuse expanse of sound produced by Nagasawa's richly expressive drumming, which makes extensive use of mallets and brushes, and the sustained sounds of Takashima's electronics. The second piece is an improvisation by the quartet made up of these three artists plus trombone player Toshihiro Koike. While the mood is similar to that of the first piece, Koike, who makes excellent use of extended playing methods, functions as a powerful stimulant. The thread of tension remains taut throughout this superb 30-minute performance.

Last updated: October 24, 2016

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