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A duet recording between woodwind veteran Geoff Leigh (ex-Hatfield & the North/Global Village Trucking Company/Slapp Happy/Henry Cow) and electronic keyboardist/vocalist Yumi Hara might be put in specific new age, ethnic fusion, or progressive jazz categories, but that would be unfair. These performers employ pure improvisation as their prerequisite based on spontaneous feelings to make new music of the moment. Leigh is featured primarily on flute, adding soprano sax and other modified instruments alongside the other worldly acoustic piano and amplified keyboards paired with Hara's ethereal voice, and at times Japanese poetry or prose. There's a measurable density...
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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
A duet recording between woodwind veteran Geoff Leigh (ex-Hatfield & the North/Global Village Trucking Company/Slapp Happy/Henry Cow) and electronic keyboardist/vocalist Yumi Hara might be put in specific new age, ethnic fusion, or progressive jazz categories, but that would be unfair. These performers employ pure improvisation as their prerequisite based on spontaneous feelings to make new music of the moment. Leigh is featured primarily on flute, adding soprano sax and other modified instruments alongside the other worldly acoustic piano and amplified keyboards paired with Hara's ethereal voice, and at times Japanese poetry or prose. There's a measurable density to their music, occasionally interactive, but mostly musings of their own individual concepts that co-exist, and merge as they see fit. While not really conversational, Leigh and Hara set up textural soundscapes that bend, flex, and move like mercurial art, with static rhythm a non-factor, and musical color paintings more the objective. The title track might very well depict a salmon swimming up a steadily streaming river, with echoing electronics and flute as a rushing sound palette. Throbbing keyboards and chortling flute identify "The Mountain Laughs," while ring-modulated type sound and percussion with oohed or Japanese vocal lines represents "Stone on the Beach." As the concept of outdoor themes is developed, one gets the sense of being on an intercontinental tour via remote destinations, made surreal through enhanced and exotic aural parameters. "At the Temple Gate" is deeply dark and foreboding, "Something About the Sky" is not at all light blue or cloudless, but instead diffuse and colorless, with very little holding it together save a droning effect, while "The Siren Returns" has more call and response than the other pieces. Where "Dolphin Chase" succeeds is its perfectly rendered and spaced cry of the water mammal in thinly disguised echoes of sax and vocals, like sparse, small, scattered particles of universal sound. A thornier side of this natural life is represented by Hara's two-fisted, rumbling acoustic piano during the free improvisation "The Strait," as Leigh's duck snort electric soprano sax provides an obstinate retort. The flute overdubbing on "A Short Night" offers up a multi-dimensional dialog not heard in the other selections, and summarily is peaceful. Drink in the graphic art design on the cover, that of a colorful mountain over a liquid desert, as if on another planet or a parallel bizarro universe. That inspiration, somewhat alien, is directly related to the music you will hear on this unusual recording, where nothing is as it was, may seem to be, or could be, depending on one's imagination.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Moonjune Records
  • UPC: 692287902728
  • Catalog Number: 27

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Performance Credits
Geoff Leigh & Yumi Hara Primary Artist, Flute, Percussion, Soprano Saxophone, Zither, nose flute, electronics
Geoff Leigh Flute, Percussion, Soprano Saxophone, Zither, electronics
Yumi Hara Cawkwell Keyboards, Vocals
Technical Credits
Geoff Leigh Composer, Producer
Traditional Composer
Leonardo Pavkovic Graphic Design
Yumi Hara Cawkwell Composer, Producer, Engineer
Geoff Leigh & Yumi Hara Composer, Producer, Vocal Drone
Ugo Noguchi Composer
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