Originally, they have the attitude to cut out today's world without concern for fashion. For example, they think that something particularly interesting, such as the tide of Tango and Bossa, will happen when something is mixed with other cultures, and they always want to aim for such a thing. Their backgrounds, skills etc are completely different. they enjoys drifting the soft clashes of that intercultural thing each others. The music should be able to see the visual.
True to its name, Drift is an album that casts the listener off into a sea of sound. Aptly “drifting” between styles and between themselves, the two artists behind this collaborative effort — cellist Seigen Tokuzawa and pianist Masaki Hayashi — have ensured that their sound is a soft clash of drama and dreaming, with no concern for fashion.
One thing the pair find particularly interesting is how cultures mix and mingle together, historically creating genres like tango and bossa nova; with their different backgrounds and different skills, their aim is to create such a mix themselves.
From first tracks ‘Elect’, flipping halfway from harmonics to a storm of cello and piano, and the half-locomotive, half-Stravinsky-esque ‘Einstein Effect’, Drift displays a dynamic partnership: not post-classical, not jazz, not ambient, but music the listener can almost see visually. ‘In the Early Morning’, for example, paints fantastical audio scenery with its negative space and arpeggios; ‘Keichitsu’ — a seasonal term referring to early March, literally meaning “awakening of insects” — feels like a springtime idyll.
Drift also contains unexpected covers of artists as varied as The Velvet Underground and Squarepusher, not only showing the artists’ strengths by injecting contemporary relevance into the duo of cello and piano, but also highlighting both artists’ influences in their choice of cover.
With Hayashi’s piano by turns surging and soft, rhythmic and virtuoso, Tokuzawa’s cello equally plays the role of bass and lead melody, making for perfect match of organic sound, a seamless excursion of interplay and musical themes.
released March 4, 2020
Seigen Tokuzawa : Cello
Masaki Hayashi : Piano
Produced by Seigen Tokuzawa & Masaki Hayashi
Recorded by Taiji Okuda at Why Nut’s on Oct.24,25 2019
Mixed by Taiji Okuda at studio MSR on Jan. 2020
Assistant Engineer: Shiori Maruoka
Piano Technician: Makoto Kano (ALT.NEU.Artistservice)
Piano : BECHSTEIN model B made in 1964 (1,2,5,7~11)
ERARD s/n 119243 (3,4,6)
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