Ftarri / Meenna

Masashi Takashima / Madoka Kouno / Masahide Tokunaga / Yuma Takeshita

Hubble Deep Fields

(Ftarri Fukubukuro 2019, Vol. 2)

Numbered limited edition of 180
Out on February 17, 2019
Purchase price in Japan: 1,500 yen (tax not included)
(For purchase outside of Japan, prices vary.)

  1. BEGINNINGS (12:36)
  2. HOW SLOWLY DARK (8:49)
  4. FAINT LIGHTS (9:12)

    mp3 excerpt: track 1
    mp3 excerpt: track 2
    mp3 excerpt: track 3
    mp3 excerpt: track 4

Masashi Takashima: drums, G.I.T.M.
Madoka Kouno: tape recorders, mixer, speakers
Masahide Tokunaga: alto saxophone
Yuma Takeshita: electro-bass

Recorded live by Masashi Takashima at Ftarri, Tokyo, August 19, 2018
Mixed by Masashi Takashima
Mastered by Hiroyuki Ura

Drummer/composer Masashi Takashima moved from Fukushima Prefecture to Tokyo in 2018, and since then his expanding musical activity has gained further momentum. After relocating, he invited musicians Madoka Kouno (tape recorders, mixer, speakers), Masahide Tokunaga (alto saxophone) and Yuma Takeshita (modified bass guitar) to perform his own compositions. A quartet made up of these three plus Takashima on drums and electronics performed a concert of four compositions by Takashima (each about 10 minutes) at Ftarri, Tokyo, on August 19, 2018. Hubble Deep Fields is a live recording of that concert. Based on rule setting and instructions by means of staff notation, text and graphics, the performances have a meticulous structure as well as an abundance of improvisational elements. What's more, despite the fact that they're discrete compositions, there's an exquisite feeling of continuity running through all the pieces. It's as if we were hearing a single four-movement composition. This remarkable album clearly demonstrates Takashima's gifts as a composer, as well as the artistry of the four musicians. Limited edition of 180, numbered consecutively.

Last updated: January 30, 2019

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