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Catalpa post - Modern Jazz

 

Catalpa is the stunning new album from the collaboration of japanese saxophonist Chika Asamoto and australian keyboardist / producer Gus Till.

 

Chika and Gus are both currently residents of the 'isle of the gods' - Bali where they met and realized a common musical bond. The writing and pre - production was all done in Bali and then the project was moved to Oslo, so further overdubs and extra musicians could be added at the legendary 'Rainbow Studios' with Jan Erik Konshaug at the engineering and mix helm.

 

The album is a unique pot-boiler of their life-long influences: from the electric turbulence of Bitches Brew period Miles Davis and prog rock uber-artists King Crimson, to the gentle ambient landscapes of Eno and the post-modern rock trappings of David Sylvian, all awash with the sophisticated jazz - stylings and eclecticism of ECM.

 

A powerful album which they are taking out on the road with special live shows not to be missed! The power of sound to evoke has always been immense and always been with us.

 

Japanese Shamanism, with it's roots in the ancient past, has always placed special import on the ritual use of music - the beating of drums, the twanging of a bow made of catalpa wood and ritual chanting - a particular array of sounds, song and dance with the power to evoke curiosity in the spirit world, to cause spirits to breach the impenetrable barrier separating their world from ours.

 

Catalpa, with it's ability to strike and be struck, to be strummed as a bow and for it's delicate horn shaped flowers seemed a fitting symbol for our project.

 

Gus Till and Chika Asamoto

 

Chika Asamoto | Soprano Saxophone

www.chikaasamoto.com

 

Gus Till | Keyboards / Production

www.myspace.com/gustillambient

 

Recorded & Mixed at Rainbow Studios, Oslo - Norway with Jan Erik Kongshaug LES VAGUES Records, All rights reserved. Unauthorized copying, hiring, lending and broadcasting of this recording is prohibited.

 

 

Artwork Blooming in the Memory / Acrylic on canvas by Hutomo Ishii
www.asone-bali.com/hutomo.html

 

Thanks to all the musicians who appeared on this album, to Jan Erik Kongshaug, Cozi Till, Simon Polinski, Tim Valkenburg, Ed Metcalfe, Mika Asamoto, Roland Tchakounte, Hiro Yamashita, Tougo / Bongo Mango Studio - Hayama Japan, Cathrine Abel Naesguthe / Rainbow Studio Oslo, John Andreas, Nyoman / Mitra Sejati Bali and Chico Till, Cinnamon Lee. All tracks copyright control - Gus Till and Chika Asamoto, LES VAGUES Records.

 

The power of sound to evoke has always been immense and always been with us. Japanese Shamanism, with it's roots in the ancient past, has always placed special import on the ritual use of music - the beating of drums, the twanging of a bow made of catalpa wood and chanting - a particular array of sounds. song and dance with the power to evoke curiosity in the spirit world, to cause spirits to breach the impenetrable barrier separating their world from ours. Catalpa, with it's ability to strike and be struck, to be strummed as a bow and for it's horn shaped flowers seemed a fitting symbol for our project.

 

 

Recorded and Mixed at Rainbow Studios Oslo Norway in September 2009.

  • All tracks written by Chika Asamoto and Gus Till
  • Chika Asamoto - Soprano Saxophone / Backing Textures on 4 and 14
  • Gus Till - Keyboards / Programming / Editing and Treatments
  • Bjorn Charles Dryer - Guitar / Pedal Steel / Koto Guitar  on 1, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 11
  • Toshiki Nunokawa - Guitar on 1 and  11
  • Kenneth Ekornes - Percussion on 1,3,8,11,12 and 14
  • Joe Creighton - Bass on 1 and 7 / Bass Harmonics on  8
  • Anello Capuano - Percussion 2 and 12
  • Jan Erik Kongshaug. Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug / Bar 2 and 13 mixed by Gus Till.
  • Initial Production at Honey Bunnys Studios, Bali
  • Joe Creighton recorded at Laundry Goat, Melbourne by Simon Polinski
  • Toshiki Nunokawa recorded at Bongo Mango Studio, Hayama Japan
  • Mastered at The Vault, Bali by Tim Valkenburg
  • Photograph
    Yaeko Masuda - Chika Portrait on Booklet, and Artworks
    Gusde Toke - Gus Portrait on Booklet and Cover Jacket
    Kabo - Chika Portrait on Cover Jacket
    Hutomo Ishii - Oslo Recording Snaps

 

"Moments of timeless haunting, coloristic, as well as groove references to Miles Davis, evocative of some kind of alien cityscape, I’d like to listen to this sitting in green car of Nozomi Shinkansen at 240 kmh/h going past Fuji-San ...Or sitting in 600 km/h Maglev on Mars on my way from Clarke City to Europa Planitium, year 2096 - Love it all! - Paul Buckmaster, Grammy Winner for Best Arranger, and arranger/co-composer Miles Davis, "On the Corner." Arranger including: David Bowie, Elton John, Taylor Swift, Rolling Stones, Celine Dion, Bon Jovi, Guns' Roses and more...

 

Song List

1. On Angels wings 8:32  
2. Catalpa 5:48  
3. The Pagan 8:32  
4. Lotus 5:26  
5. Collapsing Diamond 6:33  
6. Cogs I 4:16  
7. Cogs II 3:35  
8. Cogs III 6:21  
9. Cogs IV 5:42  
10. Tide 2:12  
11. Protein 4:16  
12. Ting Ting Jahe 6:06  
13. The Old Path 4:24  
14. Water Forest 7:24  

 

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