Exposé Online banner

Geoff Leigh / Yumi Hara — Upstream
(Moonjune MJR027, 2009, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-05-01

Upstream Cover art

Multi-instrumentalist Geoff Leigh is probably best known for his tenure with Henry Cow, but has also worked with Slapp Happy and Canterbury legends Hatfield and the North; here he sticks mainly to flute, saxes, and processed sounds originating from both. Keyboardist and vocalist Yumi Hara is perhaps lesser known, having participated in collaborations with the late Hugh Hopper and former KC violinist David Cross, and is a member of The Artaud Beats along with Leigh, Chris Cutler, and John Greaves. As one might suspect, much of what's here is pretty out-there, much of it seemingly free improvisation. Hara's wordless vocals are like an additional woodwind instrument, mixing freely with Leigh's processed saxes and flutes, who offers some very unusual sounds and textures, often recalling didgeridoo or Japanese shakuhachi (traditional wooden flute). Some of the nine tracks are pretty challenging fare, intense and highly emotional, but completely listenable. At the top of that list would have to be the eleven minute "Dolphin Chase." In fact, there are no two pieces here that seem to be cut from the same cloth; they are all radically different from one another, yet uniformly interesting. When they stick with piano and flute and studio ambience, the results can be very pastoral and soothing. A fine collaboration, definitely one recommended for the adventurous listener.


Filed under: New releases, 2009 releases

Related artist(s): Geoff Leigh, Yumi Hara Cawkwell

More info
http://www.moonjune.com

Latest news

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Bill Bruford with Ralph Towner and Eddie Gomez - If Summer Had Its Ghosts – When Bill Bruford is on break from his drum duties with King Crimson, what would you expect him to do? Should he go on vacation or work in another less hectic, but rewarding mode? If Summer Had Its...  (1998) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues