Thursday 4 February 2016, 8pm
Yukihiro Isso + Takinojo Mochizuki - duo
Yukihiro Isso + Roger Turner - duo
Yukihiro Isso + Roger Turner + John Edwards - trio
Yukihiro Isso was born into a family of nohkan virtuosi. Nohkan is the traditional transverse flute which is used to accompany Japanese Noh drama. Yukihiro is the eldest son of the late YukimasaIsso, a national treasure and a legendary nohkan performer. The origin of the Isso school dates back to the AzuchiMomoyma era (1573 - 1603) and from this date the school has continued down to today without a break.
Apart from being an acclaimed performer of classical Noh repertoires Yukihiro is keen on the diversity of the flute family. He also plays the shinobue and dengaku (traverse bamboo flutes used for traditional festivals across Japan) and a variety of western flutes including the recorder. He even makes recorders and a type of horn and composes music for these instruments.
Yukihiro's diverse interest and love of music has led him to perform western classical, particularly baroque, jazz and world music. Yukihiro has a deserved reputation for improvisation. He is associated with many different forms of the performing arts and has collaborated with top performers in several diverse fields. Performers with whom he has collaborated include Kaori Muraji (guitar), Cecil Tailor (Jazz pianist), Min Tanaka (buto dance), Mansai Nomura (kyogen), Kaiji Moriyama (contemporary dance) as well as the SaltzburgMozaruteum (Octet).
Over decades Roger Turner has brought the renowned volcanic power and finely honed precision of his drum work to ensembles that have often forged real connections with musicians both sides of the Atlantic. In addition he has worked extensively in the microscopic laboratory of the acoustic duo situation where he acquired a highly developed sense of detail and of dynamic control. One of that select group of world-class players who have collectively redefined the language of contemporary percussion. In Turner's hands minute inflections of tension can shape the group's musical direction and galvanise a new level of audience experience.
John Edwards is a true virtuoso whose staggering range of techniques and boundless musical imagination have redefined the possibility of the double bass and dramatically expanded its role, whether playing solo or with others. Perpetually in demand, he has played with Evan Parker, Sunny Murray, Derek Bailey, Joe McPhee, Lol Coxhill, Peter Brötzmann, Mulatu Astatke and many others.
"I think John Edwards is absolutely remarkable: there’s never been anything like him before, anywhere in jazz." - Richard Williams, The Blue Moment
One of the most acclaimed and versatile musicians, Takinojo MOCHIZUKI is the master of Japanese traditional percussion instruments used in Noh and Kabuki theatre.Having studied Japanese classical music at Tokyo University of Arts and after being apprenticed to various masters, he now performs contemporary music in collaboration with instrumentalists across cultures and genres.
Takinojo has performed extensively outside Japan. He is passionate about teaching young musicians and is always keen to explore the potential of Japanese percussion instruments to create new music.