Kioku | Both Far And Near

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Both Far And Near

by Kioku

A new terrain between traditional Asian music and collaborative improvisation, featuring taiko and percussion, live electronics, and saxophone
Genre: Avant Garde: Experimental
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3. The Drum Thing
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4. Binalig
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Based in New York City, the experimental music group KIOKU creates a new terrain between traditional Asian music and collaborative improvisation. The trio consists of Wynn Yamami (taiko and percussion), Christopher Ariza (live electronics), and Ali Sakkal (saxophones). While grounded in historical musical practices, KIOKU (Japanese for "memory") embraces the plasticity of tradition and freely employs improvisational and avant-garde musical techniques.


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All About Jazz New York

Brilliant, Powerful, Liberated
In contrast to the narrative, composed Kaidan
Suite, Kioku’s new album Both Far and Near is fiercely aggressive in its crusade for a powerful, liberated music that takes the great tradition of free jazz and steeps it in Japanese spirituality. Combining Taiko drum (Wynn Yamami), a massive instrument initially used on the battlefield, with saxophone (Ali Sakkal), electronics (Christopher Ariza) and other percussion, the trio immediately gives off a sense of outrageous liberation. Track one, “Pinari”, is an adaptation of a Korean prayer song. The tune’s tribal drumming pokes through long, abrasive saxophone lines while reverberating steel washes over it and electronics sweep the area clear with warped bursts. The group takes on John Coltrane’s “The Drum Thing”, interpreting Elvin Jones with meditative reverence. December 2007 | ALLABOUTJAZZ-NEW YORK Percussion and electronics wrap gently around Sakkal’s saxophone before embarking on their own textured, rhythmic venture. “Binalig” features a mesh of gongs, hollow percussive sounds and the muffled chaos of a crowd, resulting in a brilliant track where fantastical rhythm dances with reality and atmosphere moves from frenzied turmoil to moody serenity. At times incredibly tribal, or futuristic, Both Far and Near
takes an ancient tradition and infuses it with vast
doses of the new.