Gigs, dance, art

November 11th, 2010: Japanese New Music Festival

@instants chavirés

Seven quite short sets by three musicians: Kawabata Makoto, Tsuyama Atsushi, and Yoshida Tatsuya. I had seen an earlier edition a few years back, so I pretty much knew what to expect. The sets are a little short for it to be all that interesting, but the spirit of the performances is just fine.

I think I liked the solo sets better when it comes to the music itself, especially Ruins Alone with its speed and technical proficiency that always left a lot of room for ideas. Kawabata’s set was fine in a quiet way, but I’ve seen him so much that there was no surprise there. Tsuyama’s set was a little too close to classic rock at times, but had its moments too.

The collaborative projects were more playful and set the special tone of these events. Of course that was most obvious during the “Miles Davis impersonation” — quotes mandatory — at the end of the Zoffy set. But I think the final vocal set of Zubi Zuva X captured that too, and was more to my liking. Akaten proved tamer than the first time I’d heard them, maybe they couldn’t find enough ingredients. Acid Mothers Temple SWR was fast and furious from the beginning, and included some classics, but I thought it was a little too short to compare with regular AMT performances. Then again, that was not the point, and that was a fun evening on its own terms.


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