■ 今井和雄(g) × 中村大(el.b) × 羽野昌二(ds)
■ INSTANT LIGHT
from ノルウェー: Jørgen Mathisen (サックス), Kristoffer Alberts (サックス), Ola Høyer (ベース), Dag Erik Knedal Andersen (ドラム)
2007年より上京しオーサカ=モノレールに参加。2007年、2008年、2011年FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL、2010年RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL、2007年より毎年のヨーロッパツアーをはじめ、国内外でライブを行う。3枚のCDに参加。
Meshell Ndegeocello、Skunk Anansie、Bob Marley & The Wailers、Fela Kuti、Miles Davisといったミュージシャンに影響を受け、エレクトリックベースでの表現を追求している。
1955年 北九州小倉生まれ、4歳頃から小倉祇園太鼓を始め、15歳でドラムを始める。1974年 アヴァンギャルド・ジャズのライブ活動を始める。75年阿部薫（Sax）と共演、同時期に近藤等則（Tp）と出会う。この頃武道「新体道」を紹介され、新体道の哲学概念を取り入れた独自のドラミングを展開することとなる。国内はもとより海外でも精力的に活動を続けており、07年にはドイツのメールスJazz festival、スイスPoschiavoのUncool festivalなどに招待され演奏した。
ノルウェーが誇る凄腕の即興ミュージシャンを集めた4人組バンド。ヨーロッパとスカンジナビアに伝わる即興音楽スタイルに根差しつつ、その音楽は独自のアプローチを魅せる。抽象的なリズムに素早い転換を組み合わせ、自然体でありながらエネルギッシュな演奏がこの4人の最大の魅力と呼べるだろう。メンバー全員が、トロンハイム音楽学校の由緒あるジャズ学科で学んでおり、サクソフォン奏者のJørgen Mathisenは、幼少よりオスロでクラシックのクラリネットを学び始め、14歳にはテナー・サックスへと移行し、現在に至るまでテナー・サックスとソプラノ・サックスの音響的可能性を探求している。同じくサクソフォン奏者でオスロ出身のKristoffer Albertsは、この数年でノルウェーのジャズ界と即興音楽シーンにおけるトップ・クラスのプレイヤーとしての地位を確立。彼はまた、Cortex やSAKAといった、批評家に賞賛される人気バンドにおいても不可欠な存在となっている。ベーシストのOla Høyerは、ノルウェーの学識ある新世代ミュージシャンの多くと同様、ジャズ、オルタナティヴ・ロック、ミニマリズムに等しく精通、Dag Erik Knedal Andersenは、その大胆不敵でパワフルな演奏が持ち味。何事も恐れず突進するドラミングは、Paul Lovens とHan Benninkの中間に位置するワイルドカードと言える存在だ。とびきり個性的でありながら自国の音楽シーンの様々な舞台でも活躍を見せる4人によって生み出される演奏はまさに現代の勢いにあふれる北欧ノルウェー即興音楽シーンの最先端を体感することにもつながる内容と呼べるのではないだろうか？ぜひともご期待いただきたい。
Kazuo Imai(g) + Dai Nakamura(el.b) + Shoji Hano(ds)
first performance between Imai & Hano
from Norway: Jørgen Mathisen (sax), Kristoffer Alberts (sax), Ola Høyer (bass), Dag Erik Knedal Andersen (drums)
[Kazuo Imai Homepage](http://www.japanimprov.com/kimai/kimaij/)
[Dai Nakamura Homepage](http://www8.plala.or.jp/dakamura/)
Born March 1, 1955 in Kokura, Fukuoka prefecture, Japan. His first drumming experience was at the age of four, when he played a traditional Japanese drum at the Kokura Festival. He began playing the western drum set at 15. It was around this time that he also started listening to jazz and studying the drumming of jazz masters such as Max Roach, Art Blakey and "Philly" Joe Jones. Hano moved to Kyoto in 1974, and started playing avant-garde jazz with the late pianist Yoshito Osawa in 1975. Around that time Hano met trumpeter Toshinori Kondo, who introduced him to the martial art Shintaido. Since that time, the philosophical concepts of Shintaido have influenced Hano's music. In 1976 Hano, Kondo and Osawa formed a trio, and in 1977 they performed around western Japan on Hano's first tour. For a six-month period in 1978 and '79, Hano gave a monthly solo drum concert at the Kyoto jazz club Zabo. In 1980 he formed the band Odowara, and organized a monthly concert series at Kyoto University which continued for a year. In 1981 he formed the Easy Music Band with Kondo, guitarist Haruhiko Gotsu, and electric bass player Tetsu Yamauchi. They disbanded in 1982, and in late '82 Hano joined Kondo's Tibetan Blue Air Liquid Band. At this point in his career, Hano had played with such Japanese musicians as the late alto sax player Kaoru Abe, sax player Mototeru Takagi, and trombonist Masahiko Kono; and non-Japanese musicians like guitarists Henry Kaiser, Eugene Chadbourne and Hans Reichel, reed player Peter Bro"tzmann, and cellist Tristan Honzingar. But Hano felt frustrated with the direction of his career, and stopped playing music for two years. When Hano returned to the music scene in 1985 he began to develop his own style, based on the concepts of Shintaido. With Yamauchi and Gotsu he formed the band OPE, which was active from 1986 to 1989, and in '88-'89 he played solo and with dancers in a bimonthly concert series he had organized called Shintaido Performance and Drums. Hano recorded his solo performances from the 1988 series, and these recordings were released the following year as a tape called KI-Improvisation. In May 1990 Hano left Japan for the first time, to play in Europe. From June to August he toured through Switzerland, Austria and Germany with Reichel and guitarist Wadi Gysi. During that period he also played at the Moers New Jazz Festival as a member of both Reichel's orchestra, Hit and Miss, and small band, Sonic Renegades; as well as at the FMP Workshop in a trio with Bro"tzmann and guitarist Nicky Skopelitis. Almost every year since 1991, Hano has traveled to Europe or the U.S. to play in concerts with local musicians--in addition to performing with non-Japanese musicians whom he has invited to Japan. Each year from '91 to '94, for example, he and Bro"tzmann did concert tours in Japan and Germany. They also did a Japan tour in '98. Hano toured in Japan and the U.S. with Chadbourne in '91, and with Keshavan Maslak in '92. With trombonist Johannes Bauer he toured in Germany in '92 and '94, and in Japan in '94 and '95. In '97 Hano, Bro"zmann and Bauer toured as a trio in Germany and Japan. In Switzerland he played with sax player Hans Koch in 1992, and in a trio with sax player Werner Lu"di (with whom he toured around Japan in '96 and '99) and bassist William Parker in 1995. In '95 Hano also had gigs with reed player Dror Feiler in both Sweden and Japan (and in Japan in '97), and toured with violinist Billy Bang in Japan. In addition, he visited Russia in '94, and Russia and Lithuania in '95, where he played with Russian and Lithuanian musicians including reed players Vladimir Rezitsky and Vladimir Chekasin. In 1992, Hano launched an ambitious improvised music project with the formation of his group Kamadoma-Poly Breath Percussion Orchestra. (Later, when the band's membership changed, the name was changed to Poly Breath Percussion Band.) At first the instruments were two drum sets, a shime-daiko and a taiko (two types of traditional Japanese drums), and a nohkan (a type of traditional Japanese flute). Among the musicians who have been members of the band, which continued until 1997, are nohkan player Yukihiro Isso, reed player Keizo Inoue, pianist Takeshi Shibuya, and sax player Hiroaki Katayama. The final members were, in addition to Hano, wa-daiko player Megumu Nishino (wa-daiko is a type of traditional Japanese drum) and electric bass player Tetsu Yamauchi. In the fall of '95 the band toured in Russia and Lithuania, including an appearance at the Vilnius Jazz Festival. In 1997 Hano was a member of the rock-oriented trio Joichiza, with Hananojo Ichikawa (vocal and guitar) and Masaharu Shoji (sax), which played that year in the Kansai area. In the same year, he launched a new project: a free jazz band called Dai So-on Gakudan (meaning "very noisy band"). The original members were Hano and four sax players, and pianist Takeshi Shibuya later joined the group. The sax players are Hiroaki Katayama (tenor), Keizo Nobori (tenor), Masaharu Shoji (alto) and Kunihiro Izumi (alto). In 1998 Hano joined the psychedelic rock band High Rise; the other members are Munehiro Narita (guitar) and Asahito Nanjo (bass, vocal). The band (including Hano) toured in the U.S., England and France in October and November, '98.
This quartet consists of some of the finest improvisers Norway has to offer. Rooted in the European and Scandinavian style of playing improvised music, they take on their own approach to the music which best can be described as a spontaneous and energetic mixture of abstract time playing combined with telepathic interplay and rapid texture changes. All players in the band have backgrounds from the prestigious jazz department at Trondheim Conservatory of Music.
Saxophonist Jørgen Mathisen, was introduced to music through his father, also a saxophonist. Groving up in Oslo, Mathisen as a child started studying classical clarinet. By the age of fourteen he had moved his way over to the tenor saxophone and was attending jam sessions and performing wherever he could. Mathisen has the last decade been an integral part of the acclaimed Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, as well as performing with other well-known Norwegian groups including The Core and Zanussi 5. Mathisen has for the past years made several appearances with his solo project, discovering the acoustic possibilities of the tenor and soprano saxophone.
Kristoffer Alberts, also saxophones and a native of Oslo, has in the last couple of years established himself as on of the very top players on the Norwegian jazz and improvised music scene. Originally inspired by the likes of Roscoe Mitchell, Jan Garbarek, John Butcher and Archie Shepp, Alberts style of playing has developed into something very much his own thing. He is an integral part of the critically acclaimed bands as Cortex and SAKA.
Bassist Ola Høyer, like many of the erudite new generation of Norwegian musicians, is equally at home in jazz, alternative rock and minimalism. What he brings to free improvisation is an acute musicality and an unfettered approach that is making him increasingly in demand. He performs with different bands such as Cortex, Moon Relay and AKODE as well as leading his own band, The Heat Death, with prominent Scandinavian improvisers such as Martin Küchen and Mats Äleklint.
Dag Erik Knedal Andersen is the wild card whose flamboyant, hyperactive, take-no-prisoners approach to drumming place him somewhere between Paul Lovens and Han Bennink. He is an ubiquitous part of the Oslo and Norwegian improvised music scene, performing in bands such as AKODE, SAKA, The Heat Death and Møster/Edwards/Knedal Andersen.