Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Shibusashirazu Orchestra

"Shiburyu" (Recorded live 1998)

(written by Teruto Soejima, Jazz Critic)
Shibusashirazu Orchestra, which is at the forefront of contemporary jazz, was formed by bassist Daisuke Fuwa in 1989 as a free jazz orchestra.

The orchestra is, so to speak, a multimedia jazz performance group consisting of over twenty musicians, including many well known Japanese performers such as Hiroaki Katayama (ts) and Takeshi Shibuya (p), as well as Butoh dancers, modern dancers, theater actors, and artists.

All of the works played by Shibusashirazu Orchestra are Japanese jazz works composed or arranged by Daisuke Fuwa. The orchestra gives exciting stage performances, with its dynamic sound and lively dancing and acting. Large moving objects made by stage artists make the audiences even more enthusiastic. (A twenty-meter-long dragon danced in the air over the audience in their 1998 European tour.)

It can be said that Shibusashirazu Orchestra is not only a jazz orchestra but also a group that brings together various aspects of contemporary Japanese culture. Some of its performances show the course of Japanese music from the Middle Ages to the present, as the group includes musicians playing traditional Japanese instruments such as shamisen, shakuhachi, and ryuteki (a bamboo flute).

Produced by Shibusashirazu Orchestra
Recorded live at Shinjuku Pit Inn in Tokyo on April 1, 1998 (3, 7); and Buddy in Ekoda, Tokyo on April 9, 1998 (1-2, 4-6, 8)
Recorded and mixed by Atsushi Tanaka
Mastered by Yoshio Kobayashi at Hi Brite
Artwork: Koji Suzuki
Design: Erica Tanabe
Photography: Yoko Hiramatsu and Mitsutoshi Yoshida
Includes liner notes in Japanese by Teruto Soejima


Blogger gilhodges said...

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By the way, this offering is a fine tribute to Dirk, who I never knew but appreciately greatly. So let it be now said that I deeply appreciate your good taste and fine posts, Lizardson. Many thanks!

08 August, 2007 03:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonderful lp
apart from this, your dedication is heartbreaking!
bravo, lizardson!!!!!

10 August, 2007 01:33  
Anonymous Holsapple said...

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16 August, 2007 07:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this group ever since seeing them perform on BBC TV for Glastonbury, they opened the Jazz world stage and this brought them to the attention of the UK, that and John Peel. I have most of their recordings and would recommend them to anyone who liked this LP. I am a DJ and play their music out whenever I can, it really divides the audience because of the jazz elements but I have heard nothing like it. I would love to see them live and would consider travelling to Europe to do it. It would be great if more LPs could be posted as they really need to be heard to be believed. Well done. If anyone has artwork of the other LPs available I would really appreciate it.

23 August, 2007 02:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the last song - file damaged

otherwise, excellent band

08 September, 2007 12:50  

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