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Venue:
Fleisher/Ollman Gallery1616 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $10 General Admission
Friday, May 28, 2010 - 8:00pm

Koboku Senju

Tetuzi Akiyama, guitar
Toshimaru Nakamura, no-input mixing board
Martin Tacks, tuba
Oyvind Lonnig, trumpet
Espen Reinersen, tenor saxophone + flute

Please join Ars Nova Workshop for the US debut of Norwegian/Japanese quintet Koboku Senju, meaning "selection of dead trees."

Toshimaru Nakamura is one of the most distinguished and original voices in the world of electro-acoustic improvisation, with a vast body of work built up over the past decade. Since 1998, Nakamura has been exploring the possibilities of his no-input mixing board in contexts ranging from solo to collaborations with Keith Rowe, Sachiko M, Otomo Yoshihide, Axel Dörner, Oren Ambarchi, Christian Fennesz and Annette Krebs.

Tetuzi Akiyama is an experimental guitarist heavily applying free improvisation and noise, while mixing feelings of country and blues. He formed the improvised music band Madhar in 1987. He also started playing viola, and formed the Hikyo String Quintet in 1994. The band, which played avant-garde improvised modern classical music included Taku Sugimoto on cello. Later that year, Akiyama and Sugimoto launched their guitar duo, Akiyama-Sugimoto. From 1998-2003, together with Sugimoto and Toshimaru Nakamura (no-imput mixing board), he organized an inspiring monthly concert series, The Improvisation Meeting at Bar Aoyama (renamed The Experimental Meeting in '99, and Meeting at Off Site in 2000). Later, Akiyama made a collaborative work with a Japanese young painter, Yoko Naito, contributing tape-delayed electric guitar music for her wood block paintings. A live album from 2005, Route 13 to the Gates of Hell: Live in Tokyo (headz) was selected in the 50 albums of the year by The Wire magazine. Pre-Existence, an album of acoustic guitar solos, was released on Locust Music in the winter of 2005. Recently Akiyama started releasing an "official bootleg series" with the labels Esquilo (Portugal) and Utech Records (Milwaukee). His latest band is Satanic Abandoned Rock'n'Roll Society with Utah Kawasaki, Atsuhiro Ito and Naoaki Miyamoto.

Martin Tacks has contributed to a diverse body of projects that balance the space between improvised and composed music. His sound palette is inspired by the textures found in the music of contemporary composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Salvatore Sciarrino, Giacinto Scelsi, John Cage and Morton Feldman, but also he draws attention to sounds from the daily life as; water sounds, heart beats and whistling. He’s been working with many of the most significant musicians on the international jazz and improvised music scenes, such as Toshimaru Nakamura, Rafael Toral, Dave Douglas, Nils Wogram, Stian Carstensen and Mathias Eick.

Best know as the duo Streifenjunko, Oyvind Lonnig and Espen Reinersen apply uncommon instrumental techniques to project a spacious sound. As a duo, they have collaborated with Keith Rowe, Tetuzi Akiyama, Toshi Nakamura, Christian Wallumrød, Sidsel Endresen and video artist Kjell Bjørgeengen. Lønning is a member of the Christian Wallumrød Ensemble and Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. As a member of TJO he has performed with Joshua Redman and Chick Corea, and has performed the music of Eirik Hegdal, Per Zanussi and Erlend Skomsvoll. Reinertsen leads his own project, Organic Jukebox, which received an award for the debut album ”Subaquatic Disco” from Trondheim Jazz Festival in 2007. 

Eric Carbonara
Eric Carbonara, chaturangui

Eric Carbonara is a Philadelphia based guitarist, whose search for raw aural expression has led him far and wide – from noise & electro-acoustic music to taking deep root in the bounty of the wooden guitar. Carbonara's playing draws on the rich musical styles from Andalusian Roma-Flamenco to Hindustani & North African folk to form a kind of exalted pidgin style of playing that covers a wide emotional terrain from meditative calm to restless unease. He has developed a unique idiom of gypsy music for non-existent cultures by combining rogue self-taught, free-form classical and flamenco techniques with those learned from formal studies in India. His live solo performances range from contemplative acoustic meditations to aggressively loud electric sets; both encompassing Carbonara's ability to draw the listener in to his world, where his lyrical playing doesn't just entertain but triggers a myriad of emotional responses. Carbonara has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe promoting his releases on Locust Music, Majumua Music and New American Folk Hero as well as various self-releases for solo guitar and solo upright chaturangui music.