Rema Hasumi - UTAZATA

by Rema Hasumi

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UTAZATA Ensemble presents songs from Japanese Gagaku, as well as Japanese ritual and folk music. With the ensemble’s free improvisational approach to the selected materials, the music explores the possibility of a radical and modernistic revival of the songs from centuries ago.

These songs were originally performed with rather unique musical understanding with scarcely any European influence. In that spirit, instead of analyzing these songs from a western perspective, Rema and the ensemble are trying to understand this music outside of the twelve tone system and of western analysis. The performances commune both with the traditions of our time, and of those long ago. Using long-cultivated improvisational intuition, Utazata trys to reach beyond, arriving at a new sound, with respect and the spirit of peace.

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released October 5, 2015

Rema Hasumi piano, voice (1, 4 and 7)
Todd Neufeld electric guitar, acoustic guitar (7)
Thomas Morgan acoustic bass
Billy Mintz drums
Ben Gerstein trombone (1, 3 and 6)
Sergio Krakowski pandeiro, (1) mbira, (7) adufo (7)

Recorded December 2013 at Oktaven Audio
Enginered and Mixed by Ryan Streber
Mastered by Luis Bacque

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Ruweh Records Brooklyn, New York

Ruweh Records is a new music record label based in Brooklyn, NY. Dedicated to relevant sounds, drawing from across the world. Ruweh 001 Rema Hasumi's "UTAZATA," Ruweh 002 Sergio Krakowski's "Passaros: The Foundation of the Island," Ruweh 003 Raphael Malfliet's "Noumenon." ... more

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