Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Keiji Haino ( 灰野敬二 ) - Light And Darkness Melting Into One Vibration (2003)

| Avant-Garde | Experimental Classical Guitar |
| Free-Jazz |

With 70-minute, Hikari Yami Uchitokeaishi Konohibiki contains three long tracks of Keiji Haino going solo on the acoustic guitar with nary a melody or a vocal chord in sight (Haino's other albums). We’re talking straight-up free improvisation here, people! Featuring sections of almost meditative quiet that are rudely interrupted by dry, dissonant juts and jabs–plus all kinds of abstract, complex picking sprinkled all over the place–the playing on this album is obviously influenced by free improv pioneer Derek Bailey without sounding like an outright bite.

My favorite track is the 3rd. Ranging through 22min, it's passionate non-pattern strikes with both silence and noise. While resting and feeling the air at some instants, on others Keiji delivers a huge blast of string-breakers strums. This song is completely about the feeling, and improvisation takes higher degrees on the whole album.

Catalog: PSFD-8017 (P.S.F. Records)
Album overview on Arcane Candy
On Last.fm

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