Posts Tagged ‘improvisation’

Since the experimental dance group KIKIKIKIKIKI recently held a collaborative performance with Golden Finance, I’ll use that connection to revisit an amazing performance I saw at Kyoto’s Urban Guild about a year ago when KIKIKIKIKIKI teamed up with Pao.  Pao is a group that specializes in modal improvisation based around simple melodic riffs and drifting […]


I just got a surprise email from Gene Maruszewski, one of the nicest and most interesting guys that I’ve had a chance to meet (these qualities don’t always go together). I met Gene way back in the day when I used to work at Salsa Cycles (when it was still a small, independent company), putting […]


I’ve written about Niseuo here and here, so I don’t want to go repeating myself. I’ll simply keep it short and mention, again, that Niseuo — which means “False Fish” in Japanese — is one of the greatest, maddest, most massively surreal free jazz ensembles on the planet. And punked out too, in the sense that […]


The other night I went to Umeda to see Shinji Aoyama’s new movie, Eli, Eli, Lema Sabachthani?, a meditation on the nature of explorative aesthetic practice and experimental living. Aoyama is the director of Eureka, one of the most incredible films of the last decade, and in his new film he revisits territory that he […]


After dropping J. off to Taiwan, I took the train down to The Bridge, a musicians’ collective in the Shinsekai area of Osaka, in order to see Niseuo. This second visit to The Bridge has only cemented my conviction that this is a rare and special performance space. I can’t think of too many places […]



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