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MUKAI, CHIE - Solo Improvisations

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Siwa SCD003
Release Year: 2007
Note: re-release of LP from 2000 (her second solo-LP), comes in great silkscreen-art cover
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €14.00


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Wiederveröffentlichung der LP von 2000, zu der wir damals vermerkten: "CHIE MUKAI aus Tokyo ist hier auf 3 minimalen Solo-Improvisationen auf der ER-HU zu hören (eine Art japanische Fiedel mit 2 Seiten). Sie ist nicht nur Sängerin von "Japan's most otherworldly dream psych-pop unit CHE-SHIZU", sondern hat auch Ende der 70er in der EAST BIONIC SYMPHONY mitgespielt. Dies ist die erste Veröffentlichung ihrer Solomusik außerhalb Japans: zu ihren mit delay versehenen Streicherklängen singt sie und einige scheppernde background-noises sind zu hören, die Musik hat ein sehr ursprüngliches, "archaisches" Flair : "There's a full drone sound to the er-hu, a wavering intensity that pulls your brain straight into a sensation-dulled but mind-freed trance. With none of the evil wince often associated with solo violin improvs, you're free to fully appreciate the fractional control and deep humming resonance of the instrument. Mukai augments the sound with an occasional percussion crash, and a verse or two of wordless higher-mind vocalization. What more could a human ask for?" Das fragen wir uns auch, kommt die Scheibe zudem doch in wunderschönen, verschiedenfarbig bedruckten Siebdruckcovern." [Drone Records 2001]

"CD reissue of Chie Mukai's second solo album originally released on LP in 2000. Three tracks recorded at Kid Ailack Art Hall in Tokyo in the late '90s. Just over 40 minutes of solo improvisations featuring the beautiful deep drone of the er-hu (a traditional bowed Chinese instrument), augmented by voice, kengali, rings and cymbals. Mukai is an important (and underdocumented) figure in the Japanese underground whose work goes back to her time as a student under Takahisa Kosugi in the late '70s which resulted in her participation in the legendary East Bionic Symphonia album. Since then, she has continued to work with her own Ché-SHIZU outfit and appear on recordings with artists such as Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Rinji Fukuoka (Overhang Party), Sei'ichi Yamamoto (Boredoms) and Masayoshi Urabe. This CD is housed in a screenprinted gatefold chipboard sleeve and is released in an edition of 600." "It is such an unadulterated pleasure to have this Siwa album, her first release outside of Japan, back in print. Three longish pieces, all recorded live in the late nineties. There's a far fuller drone sound to her er-hu here, compared to that on her previous solo release (Kokyu Improvisation, on PSF), a wavering intensity that pulls your brain straight into a sensation-dulled trance. And with none of the evil wince often associated with solo violin improvs, you're free to fully appreciate the fractional control and deep humming resonance of the instrument. It's a beguiling sound, seeming to combine both earth and air in one eternal thrumming, shimmering pull of gut on steel string. Mukai augments the sound with an occasional percussion crash, and a verse or two of wordless higher-mind vocalization. What more could a human ask for? This is sumptuous late-night improv, a fine goose-feather pillow for addled minds everywhere." -Alan Cummings" [label info]



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