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ARTIST
TITLE
Koyonaku
FORMAT
CD

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BBCD 041CD BBCD 041CD
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RELEASE DATE
12/8/2017

2016 release. Improvised Enka music. Koyonaku is the result of the encounter in downtown Tokyo between Japanese accordionist À Qui Avec Gabriel and guitarist Michel Henritzi. The duo re-interprets through improvisation Enka music, soulful and melancholic popular Japanese songs. They meander through sad melodies in their very own iconoclastic ways. À Qui Avec Gabriel's voice whispers and bewitches the senses with these love songs. Whether on the strings of the guitar or the keys of the accordion, the combined four-handed creative soul, deconstructed abstract blues is the perfect balance of sensuality and violence. Koyonaku is a game of mirrors reflecting different exotic folklore, where each one of them feeds on the other, the suspended space of "mono no aware": this infinite melancholy of the present, echoing its silences, its cries and its screams. A beautiful blues record for your lonely nights. À Qui Avec Gabriel is an Japanese accordionist inspired by both French romantics and punk music. Her music has the charm of Satie's music and the melancholy of the Enka music. She regularly plays with Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers Temple), Keiji Haino, and Junzo Suzuki, as well as numerous Tokyo underground artists. John Zorn produced of her first album on Tzadik record label. Michel Henritzi is a guitarist drifting between abstract blues and noise music. He has played with: Junko (Hijokaidan), Rinji Fukuoka, Tetuzi Akiyama, Jojo Hiroshige, Masayoshi Urabe, Chie Mukaï, and many more. Personnel: À Qui Avec Gabriel - accordion, vocals; Michel Henritzi - guitars, vocals. Presented in a beautiful digisleeve.