Ftarri / Improvised Music from Japan

Kato Hideki and James Fei


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Improvised Music from Japan, IMJ-522
Released on September 26, 2004
Purchase price in Japan: 2,000 yen (tax not included)
(For purchase outside of Japan, prices vary.)

  1. (10:47)
  2. (4:52)
  3. (5:21)
  4. (7:09)
  5. (3:00)
  6. (4:51)
  7. (7:54)

    mp3 excerpt: track 1
    mp3 excerpt: track 2

Kato Hideki: electric bass and bass synthesizer
James Fei: oscillators, filters, spring reverb, contact mike, and miscellaneous electronics

Based in New York City since 1992, electric bass player Kato Hideki--a former member of Otomo Yoshihide's group Ground-Zero and Tony Buck's band Peril--has been involved in myriad projects in America and Europe, including Death Ambient with Fred Frith and Ikue Mori, and a multimedia collaboration with Nicholas Collins. Taiwan-born James Fei studied with Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton following his move to the U.S. (also in '92). He's since active as a composer and performer on saxes and electronics. He is currently professor of Electronic Arts at Mills College, Oakland. Around the time when this album was recorded, Kato and Fei had a duo project in New York and often performed as a duo at live music venues and galleries in New York.

Sieves was made through a process of excerpting, editing, mixing, and mastering electronic performance and recording using feedback; live-performance-like analog mixes; and performance-recording of acoustic reverberation. Not limited to mere documentation and editing, the recording process was treated as a form of improvisation and composition.

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