ディスクと一緒に作品のスコアやブックを付けたり、パッケージにも高い拘りを持つ美麗特殊装丁&面白コンセプチュアルレーベルSuppedaneumの2019年作品。本作はTaku Sugimoto、Suidobashi Chamber Ensembleにも参加するMichiko Ogawa、Sam Dunscombeら3者による、各々のスコアを様々な編成で演奏したもの。それぞれまったく異なるアイデアから生まれたスコアとなりますが、共通の美意識及び解釈での演奏内容は流石の一言。単に静謐なだけでないディープな感覚が感じ取れます。何と、3者それぞれに意見をフィードバック出来る3枚のスコア・ポストカードが付属。100部限定。
We began working together in 2016, when Michiko and I commissioned a new quintet work from Taku (which we later recorded and released as the CD Taku Sugimoto Quintets: Berlin, San Diego on the “Meena” division of the Japanese label “Ftarri"). Since that time, we would meet regularly in Tokyo to play improvised music together, mostly at the Ftarri store in Suidoubashi, but sometimes also at l-e osaki. We began to make scores for each other to play, and our concerts would usually take the form of three scored pieces of music, followed by a long improvisation. What you can hear on this CD is a sort of recreation of that concert experience, with three scored works and one improvisation. Tracks 2 and 3 (compositions by Samuel Dunscombe and Michiko Ogawa) were recorded live at Ftarri, and the improvisation on track 4 was recorded at l-e osaki. The first track, Taku Sugimoto’s clarinet duet, was recorded in Michiko Ogawa’s front room.
The three works have a shared sense of aesthetic, but each explore quite different ideas. Taku’s piece is an exploration of just intonation within a non-rigid but linear timeline, mine looks at “spectral scordatura” (to borrow Radulescu’s phrase) filtered through a starkly reductive lens, and Michiko Ogawa’s work is an endless compulsive re-sounding of a simple series of pitches in free flowing time (but always with a set order).
Each copy of «2 Clarinets + Guitar» includes a glass-mastered CD containing recordings of each of the three compositions—one by each member of the trio—as well as a recording of a group improvisation. Also included are copies of the three scores, each printed on a postcard that is addressed to the individual composer. Should the listener be so inclined, they are invited to sacrifice the scores in favor of providing feedback, recording their thoughts or reflections, or expressing their appreciation directly to the artists.
Samuel Dunscombe: clarinet
Michiko Ogawa: clarinet
Taku Sugimoto: guitar
Recorded and mixed by Samuel Dunscombe