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Enterprising Mass of Cilia by Masashi Harada Condanction Ensemble

Among conductor Masashi Harada’s rather heady, yet insightful notes for this project, he states: "Condanction emphasizes music of body rather than music of memory (although music of memory influences our choices of movement.)" With that, and other interesting theories behind his musical dictum, Harada combines transcendental and psychological elements into his formation of sound and scope.

This is Harada’s second release for the U.K. based EMANEM jazz/improvisation record label. Here, the artist garners impressive support from eleven New England area improvisers. In some instances, this set boasts a hodgepodge of extremes. Harada instills movement into this gala via an amalgamation of diametrically opposed angles fused with semblances of chaos, passion and ambient sound-shaping interludes. You’ll hear interleaving strings coalescing with horns and asymmetrically constructed rhythms amid James Coleman’s spooky Theremin permutations. In addition, this production offers an opportunity for the listener to delve into oddly concocted harmonic structures. For example, trumpeter Greg Kelly employs a raspy-toned, muted sound on" Enterprising Mass Of Cilia," atop thunderous percussion maneuvers and startling shifts in momentum.

This program speaks proverbial volumes about Harada's seemingly complex approach to composition and group-based interaction. On a lighter note, this outing moves forward with an air of excitement, akin to perhaps watching a classic, whodunit type detective yarn. Hence, the unpredictable nature of movement and unanticipated flow of events suggests a flustering balance marked by an air of intrigue. (Recommended.... )

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Masashi Harada Condanction Ensemble
  • CD Title: Enterprising Mass of Cilia
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: EMANEM
  • Tracks: Spools, Enterprising Mass of Cilia, Processing of Echo, Phuusio-Mechanical Pulse, A Room, Sprouting Self-Similarity, Element of Resistance, Distance Propitiate, Fleeting Despot
  • Musicians: Greg Kelley (trumpet), Bob Rainey (soprano saxophone), Aleta Cole (violin), Frederic Viger (viola), Glynis Lomon (cello), Vic Rawlings (cello & electronics), Mike Bullock (double bass), Jonathan Vincent (accordion), James Coleman (Theremin), Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion), Masashi Harada (condanction, voice)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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