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Graham / Hobbs / Nakatani / Shen

Scar's The Limit [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

Graham / Hobbs / Nakatani / Shen: Scar's The Limit [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Tripticks Tapes)

Organized by Tatsuya Nakatani in Cambridge, Mass during his 2019 tour where he assembled a local group of improvisers each night, this quartet is a Boston-based electroacoustic supergroup, with Nakatani's cantankerous percussion driving Victoria Shen's electroacoustic whines and feedback, Jim Hobbs' ruminative sax explorations and trumpeter Forbes Graham's cathartic pinnacles.
 

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Label: Tripticks Tapes
Catalog ID: TTT005
Squidco Product Code: 31078

Format: CASSETTE
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded live at Outpost 186 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on November 7th, 2019.


Personnel:

Forbes Graham-trumpet

Jim Hobbs-alto saxophone

Tatsuya Nakatani-percussion

Victoria Shen-electronics

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"Forbes Graham born 1977 in Washington, DC. Forbes Graham is a trumpet player, electronic musician, and composer living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. He has worked with a diverse array of musicians and currently is a member of Para Quintet, Rock Flint Contemporary Ensemble, Wild May, Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, Grizzler, Construction Party, Equal Time and Citizens Orchestra. He is the founder of the Rock Flint Artists Retreat, and has appeared at numerous festivals including High Zero, Full Force, and Vision."

-Evil Clown Website (http://www.giantevilclown.com/bio-forbes-graham.html)
10/13/2021

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"Jim Hobbs was born and raised in north-eastern Indiana at the convergence of three rivers. He is a recipient of the Doris Duke New Works Grant for composition from Chamber Music America. After a childhood of chewing hay and catching salamanders he began playing the saxophone. He received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he majored in composition. It was there that he met bassist Timo Shanko and started the Fully Celebrated Orchestra (FCO), which has released 10+ recordings on various labels including Silkheart, Skycap and Innova. FCO is also the subject of a children's book. He has performed and recorded with Joe Morris, Luther Gray, Taylor Ho Bynum, Bill Lowe, The Jazz Composers Alliance, Forbes Graham, The Prodigal Suns, Mackie Burnett, Fred Hopkins, Laurence Cook, Jon Voight, Junko Simons, Nightstick, The Death's Head Quartet, Josh Roseman, Curtis Hasselbring, The Lunch Factor, Laura Andel, Brother Blue and many others."

-All About Jazz (https://musicians.allaboutjazz.com/jimhobbs)
10/13/2021

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"Tatsuya Nakatani. Acoustic Sound Artist, Master Percussionist. b. 1970, Osaka Japan

Tatsuya Nakatani is an acoustic sound artist and master percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan. He has released over eighty recordings in North America and Europe. Residing in the USA since the mid-nineties, he has performed countless solo percussion concerts and has collaborated with hundreds of artists in international music festivals, university concert halls, art museums and independent venues. Infamous for his constant touring, Nakatani criss-crosses the country every year inspiring audiences with his pioneering sound. In addition to his solo performances, he conducts the Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO), a mobile community engagement project which organizes local ensembles performing on multiple bowed gongs.Nakatani teaches master classes and workshops at universities, giving students an opportunity to share his unique musical approach and philosophy for creating visceral, non-linear music.

He has created his own instrumentation, effectively inventing many instruments and extended techniques. Utilizing drums, gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, wooden sticks, metal objects, and the bows and mallets he handcrafts in his Kobo; he creates an intense, intuitively primitive, expressive music that defies genre. His work references improvised-experimental music, free jazz, and noise, while still retaining the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music."

-Tatsuya Nakatani Website (http://www.hhproduction.org/tatsuya_bio.html)
10/13/2021

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track listing:


SIDE A



1. Scintillation Field 35:49

2. Small Colliders 06:03
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Scar's the Limit documents a live set of electroacoustic improvisations featuring "Forbes Graham (trumpet), Jim Hobbs (alto saxophone), Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion), and Victoria Shen (electronics). The show was organized within a Nakatani solo tour where each night he'd assemble a supergroup of local improvisers. Some of the members here had collaborated in some capacity off and on over the years, but this show marks their first performance in this particular configuration. The results feel both reflective and unrestrained, full of dynamic intensity and dense textures, a looming sense of doom balanced by the exuberance of exploration and surprise. Each musician displays a deep commitment to their own personal sonic vernacular, while communing to produce a truly mesmeric and explosive collective experience."-Tripticks Tapes



Forbes Graham is a trumpet player, electronic musician, and composer living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the founder of the Rock Flint Artists Retreat, and has appeared at numerous festivals including High Zero, Full Force, and Vision.

Jim Hobbs was born and raised in north-eastern Indiana at the convergence of three rivers. He is a recipient of the Doris Duke New Works Grant for composition from Chamber Music America. He received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he majored in composition. It was there that he met bassist Timo Shanko and started the Fully Celebrated Orchestra (FCO), which has released 10+ recordings on various labels including Silkheart, Skycap and Innova. He has performed and recorded with Joe Morris, Luther Gray, Taylor Ho Bynum, Bill Lowe, The Jazz Composers Alliance, Forbes Graham, Fred Hopkins, Laurence Cook, Junko Simons, Josh Roseman, Curtis Hasselbring, Laura Andel and many others.

Tatsuya Nakatani is an avant-garde percussionist, composer, and artist of sound. Active internationally since the 1990's, Nakatani has released over 80 recordings and tours extensively, performing over 150 concerts a year. His primary focus is his solo work and his large ensemble project, the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. Originally from Japan, he makes his home in the desert town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Nakatani creates his distinctive music centered around his adapted bowed gong, supported by an array of drums, cymbals, and singing bowls. In consort with his hand carved Kobo Bows, it is an instrument he has spent decades developing. Nakatani approaches his orchestral project (NGO) as an arrangement of formations of vibrations, incorporated in shimmering layers of silence and texture. Within this contemporary work, one can still recognize the dramatic pacing, formal elegance and space (ma) felt in traditional Japanese music.

Victoria Shen is an experimental music performer and sound artist from San Francisco. Though analog synthesizers are the backbone of Shen's music, while performing live, she plays self-made electronics, invented instruments, and even acoustic objects like a bull whip. Shen is a markedly mobile performer that muddles the boundaries between performer and audience, stage and floor. Her sets tend to be site-specific, in direct response to the physical and acoustic qualities of the space in which she performs. Her live show vacillates between moments of restraint and swells of frenetic and confrontational movement. A tightrope walk between control and chance, the whiff of danger is never far during Shen's performances. Her sound is dynamic with a sensitivity to texture and structure throughout.

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