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Live at Ftarri, February 28, 2021

by Keiko Higuchi / Naoto Yamagishi

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First Set 24:27
Second Set 33:54


Keiko Higuchi is a Tokyo-based vocalist/voice performer active mainly in improvisation. She started performing as an improviser in Boston and New York in the 1990s. After returning to Japan in '98, she expanded her activity to the fields of dance and theater in addition to music, making free and full use of her distinctive voice and expressive intensity. Higuchi has released numerous solo and collaborative albums. On the Ftarri label, "Passing and Longing and There Is Only a Trace Left" (ftarri uta 222), a duo CD with pianist Shinichiro Kanda, came out in 2017.

Naoto Yamagishi, a percussionist working mainly in Tokyo, is active not only in the field of music, but also in wide-ranging collaborations with diverse artists--dancers, poets, photographers, flower arrangement practitioners, painters, media artists and more. Yamagishi spent several years in Europe, and he continues to tour regularly outside of Japan and collaborate frequently with international musicians. In 2020 he started his own label, Yabuki Records. Its first release was Yamagishi's solo CD "Toyomu."

This album documents two improvised duo sets (24 and 34 minutes) performed by these musicians at Ftarri, Tokyo, on February 28, 2021.

ヒグチケイコは東京在住、即興演奏を中心に活動するヴォーカリスト、ヴォイス・パフォーマー。90年代に米国ボストンやニューヨークで即興演奏を始める。1998年に帰国後、彼女独特の声と情感豊かでアグレッシヴな表現法を駆使して、音楽はもとより、ダンスや演劇の分野にも活動の幅を広げている。既に、ソロや共演によるアルバムを数多くリリース。Ftarri からは、ピアニストの神田晋一郎とのデュオCD『過ぎしも愛しもただ跡だけが残り (Passing and Longing and There Is Only a Trace Left)』 (ftarri uta 222) を2017年にリリースしている。

山㟁直人は東京を中心に活動する打楽器奏者。音楽の領域にとどまらず、ダンサー、詩人、写真家、書道家、華道家、画家、メディア・アーティストなどジャンルを問わず様々なアーティストとの共演を繰り広げている。数年欧州に滞在した経験があり、現在もよく国外をツアーして、海外のミュージシャンとの交流も活発におこなっている。2020年には自主レーベル Yabuki Records をスタートさせ、第一弾として自身のソロCD『響む (Toyomu)』をリリースした。

本アルバムには、2021年2月28日、東京 Ftarri でのデュオによる即興演奏2セット (24分と34分) を収録。


released April 2, 2021

Keiko Higuchi: voice (1, 2), piano (2)
Naoto Yamagishi: percussion

Recorded live at Ftarri, Tokyo, February 28, 2021
Recorded and mastered by Ftarri


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