Downbeat - Toshimaru Nakamura "Egrets"


A key figure in Japan's improvised music scene for more than a decade, Toshimaru Nakamura has built a stunning world of sound from just his paradoxical "no-input mixing board," a virtual feedback loop machine. On Egrets (samadhisound 017; 43:56 4 stars) he transforms his high-frequency minimalism into something softer, more contemplative and almost pretty without diminishing his rigor; he also adds a little of his own electric guitar. He turns naked electronic tones into striated riches that hover, flutter and scrape. There are also some bracing duets; on "Semi" acoustic guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama shares highly refined finger-picked tangles that seem to glow within Nakamura's ghostly resonance.


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