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D/B Recommended: Bird,Lake,Objects – Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek @ General Public Berlin | 06.08.2010

DISK Session #20 presents Faitiche – a music label operated by Jan Jelinek – to celebrate the latest release Bird, Lake, Objects with a sound performance by Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek, surrounded by original graphic works of Masayoshi Fujita.

[audio:Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek – Undercurrent.mp3]Masayoshi Fujita’s route to Berlin was a roundabout one. Introduced to music via Bon Jovi, his first stint abroad naturally took him to the motherland of rock, the United States.

After a year in the USA, he returned to Japan to study film. His love for movie making, however, proved less pronounced than his admiration for Bon Jovi, a band he can still quote and sing from memory. He decided to learn how to play the drums, followed by extensive vibraphone training to craft and play his own, mostly jazz and electronic-influenced compositions.

Photograhpy by AOKI takamasa

Determined not to stick to traditional vibraphone styles or techniques, Masayoshi started to prepare his instrument with pieces of metal, strips of foil and similar objects. The resulting new sounds, akin to distortions, help to expand the vibraphone spectrum without eroding the instrument’s intrinsic character or even abandoning it altogether.

Besides his extremely reduced and deliberate style of playing, it is this aural redefinition that makes Masayoshi Fujita’s craft so remarkable and noteworthy in my eyes. Literally caught in his spell, it was a delight and privilege to accompany his play.

On a different note, Masayoshi’s woodcuts should not go unmentioned. The cover and booklet of ‘Bird, Lake, Objects’ present concise, abstract and monochrome landscapes and thus a visual complement to his music.
Jan Jelinek


DISK Session #20: Bird, Lake, Objects
Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek

Presentation & Liveperformance

Friday, August 06, starts at 20:00 h
General Public | Schönhauser Allee 167c | Berlin