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TITLE
2002.11.17 Live at Aire-Gin, Yokohama
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CD

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CATALOG #
PSF 133CD PSF 133CD
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RELEASE DATE
5/19/2003

"Formed around the nucleus of full-on guitarist and theorist Hideaki Kondo in 1999, Exias-J (shorthand for Experimental Improvisers Association of Japan) have succeeding in building up their own self-contained scene over the past three years. Working as a kind of collective, with members from a wide variety of musical backgrounds (classical, jazz, experimental film, acoustic design, philosophy) showing up on different electric and acoustic projects, their Bishop Records imprint has to date released nine CDs worth of impressively focussed (and on occasion, unashamedly noisy) free improvisation. The collective have taken it upon themselves to 'deconstruct and reconstruct Japanese music', freeing it both from the cult of imitation of Western avant-garde patterns and the idea that Japanese music must somehow be ethereal and beautiful. What this means in practice is that their love of free jazz, free improv, minimalism, musique concrete, electronic music et al gets sucked into an industrial-strength blender, amped up to eleven, and splattered all over the rear wall. For this, their first release on PSF, the collective call up their electric brigade and put in a set of performances whose volume+density+full-on flail equation approaches pretty damn close to Takayanagi New Direction-esque levels of pleasure. Even when they turn it down for explorations of AMM-space, there's a purely physical heft to their music that is as enticing as any to have emerged in the past decade."