Published Dec 01, 2013This music comes out of a residency featuring noise sculptors Otomo Yoshihide and Sachiko M at a club in Munich. As luck or serendipity would have it, they were joined this on particular night by some of the best acoustic improvisers in the world, being: John Butcher (reeds), Evan Parker (reeds), John Edwards (contrabass) and Tony Marsh (drums). There are large ensembles featuring the variants of entire group and two duos with Sachiko M and Yoshihide in duet with John Butcher. The ensemble work is at once sparse and still with bursts of energy bracketing the more open spaces.
There are moments of uncertainty and flagging energy, and some conventional guitar work by Yoshihide that seems almost like a non sequitur, but those moments are few, and the groups play with attention and tact. The duos are exercises in tone and restraint, with Butcher turning his saxophone into a tone generator and small percussion with extraordinarily sympathetic electronics (via guitar feedback and sampler) by Yoshihide and Sachiko M. All in all, it's a satisfying work of improvisation. (OtoRoku)