Jazz and Far Beyond

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# 1375 『照内央晴・松本ちはや/哀しみさえも星となりて Anything ascends into the firmament. Even sorrow… 』

Text by Kayo Fushiya 伏谷佳代


照内央晴 Hisaharu Teruuchi (Piano)
松本ちはや Chihaya Matsumoto (Percussion)

ImprovisationⅠ (23:40)
ImprovisationⅡ (12:02)
ImprovisationⅢ (23:44)

Live recording @ Koen-Dori Classics, Shibuya, February21,2016
Recorded, mixed, & mastered by Kazuhito Misumi
Directed by Hisaharu Teruuchi & Chihaya Matsumoto
Editing & Sound direction by Hideaki Kondo

Cover design: Ana Maria Pintora
Photography: m.yoshihisa
English album title: Toshiya Nakamizo


The improvisations in this extraordinary album, although introspective, leave a really exhilarating aftertaste. Why is it so invigorating you may ask? First of all, there is the great technical prowess of both players, coupled with an amazing sense of time that is never lost even for a micro second. Secondly, and this is particularly true of Hisaharu Teruuchi, we find a working intuition that as a result of his unique absorption and mastery of all kinds of musical idioms unconsciously avoids conventional developments. Briefly, their music is a manifestation of the coexistence of a high degree of perfection and fresh dynamism. From the piano tone colors in the air, we catch a fragrance reminiscent of French Impressionism and Post Romanticism, but a well-ordered aesthetics, which does not blur into a sloppy color palette, is delivered to all the ins and outs. The formative ability with a limited number of sober tone colors is especially distinguished at the continuous single note attacks in the mid and low registers(track 1); it imprints a disquieting stain in the listener’s mind. As if looking through a rough sheet of ice just cut from the nature, the listener is captured by the sharpness and insecurity, and the chill and mottled transparency of the music. The exchange of the two instruments’ roars give an explosive ignition power, as if being driven by twin drums, and in contrast, the delicate performance of the paler soft parts with the frequent use of string piano are also the finest passages; the expression “pick up your ears” is perfectly fitting. The listener’s active listening is honed to the maximum to capture the momentary flowering gems awaiting there; flashes of concentration become ever more powerful in their intensity. Chihaya Matsumoto’s sense of balance is eye-opening, and her performance miraculously responds to the piano, and yet concurrently a strong tension charging ahead through an independent space time powers on. The album consists of three improvisations spread over 60 minutes, but the listener will never feel this is too long. This is a record of a blissful coalition of spirit and technique, experience and divine revelation. The level of achievement is so assured it is hard to believe this is a debut album.The direction by Hideaki Kondo, who has two perspectives as a musician and an engineer, is also superb. It is well captured how vast sounds are cutting up the air, leaping, converging, and vividly emerge into life. (Kayo Fushiya, 10th January,2017)

Hisaharu Teruuchi©m.yoshihisa
Chihaya Matsumoto©m.yoshihisa



伏谷佳代 (Kayo Fushiya) 1975年仙台市出身。早稲田大学教育学部卒業。欧州に長期居住し(ポルトガル・ドイツ・イタリア)各地の音楽シーンに親しむ。欧州ジャズとクラシックを中心にジャンルを超えて新譜・コンサート/ライヴ評(月刊誌/Web媒体)、演奏会プログラムやライナーノーツの執筆・翻訳など多数。ギャラリスト。拠点は東京都。


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