Tatsuya Nakatani & Shane Parish — Interactivity
(Cuneiform Rune 469, 2020, CD / DL)
by Jon Davis, Published 2021-01-11
I was familiar with Shane Parish’s guitar playing from his work with Ahleuchatistas, though he used the name Perlowin there. Tatsuya Nakatani I encountered more recently on an album he did with Dave Liebman and Adam Rudolph. For Interactivity, Parish sticks with acoustic guitar, and Natatani wields a mind-boggling array of percussive instruments that could probably be regarded as an unconventional drum kit augmented by a variety of metal objects. Presented with the two extremes of the complex compositions of Ahleuchatistas and the free-form jazz of Liebman and Rudolph, this album leans much more towards the free side, presenting three lengthy tracks of improvised music that defies categorization. Both players stretch the boundaries of what can be expected of their instruments, with Parish touching on various styles of finger-picking influenced by both folk and Classical guitar music, as well as moody dissonant chording and atonal flurries of notes. Nakatani provides thumps, crashes, rattles, scrapes, and a variety of weird noises from his bowed gongs and cymbals. In spite of the sometimes chaotic nature of the sounds, it’s all quite enjoyable and entertaining, with each sound captured in great detail. Listeners won’t find any melodies or chord progressions or repeating patterns, but the flow of sound delineates a fascinating journey.
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