Ftarri / Meenna

ju sei / Utah Kawasaki / Masahiko Okura / Michael Thieke

Live at Ftarri Festival 2015

Limited edition of 400
Out on July 14, 2019
Purchase price in Japan: 1,500 yen (tax not included)
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  1. Utsuke [0:00-0:24] - Ne [0:25-26:19] - [interval] - Utsuke [26:49-31:46] (31:46)

    mp3 excerpt: track 1 (part 1)
    mp3 excerpt: track 1 (part 2)
    mp3 excerpt: track 1 (part 3)

ju sei
Junichiro Tanaka: guitar, effects pedals
sei: vocals

Utah Kawasaki: electronics
Masahiko Okura: contrabass clarinet
Michael Thieke: clarinet

All words and music by ju sei
Recorded live at Ftarri Festival 2015, SuperDeluxe, Tokyo, November 21, 2015
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Chihei Hatakeyama
Artwork and design by Cathy Fishman

ju sei is the song duo of sei (vocals) and Junichiro Tanaka (guitar). Together with Utah Kawasaki, ju sei released the 2-CD set U as in Utah (meenna-997) on Ftarri in 2014. Live at Ftarri Festival 2015, ju sei's second CD release on Ftarri, documents the entirety of their performance at the Ftarri Festival held in Tokyo on November 21 and 22, 2015. The sort of musical creation and structure that highlight the two musicians' exquisite, original musical sensibility are alive and well here, too. Utah Kawasaki (electronics), Masahiko Okura (contrabass clarinet), and Berlin-based clarinetist Michael Thieke also participate, adding even more color and richness.

The performance (31 minutes, 46 seconds) is relatively quiet throughout. The calm and melodious short piece "Utsuke" is played at the beginning and end of the set, and in between is the long work "Ne." Although the pieces are composed, they have a wittily improvisational quality that is rich and bold. The vocal and instrumental timbres, including moments of silence and extremely high volume, crisscross the length and breadth of the compositional and improvisational space.

Last updated: July 13, 2019

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