Pleased to reveal the 2nd solo release by Japanese drummer-percussionist-composer Tatsuhisa Yamamoto. Active for over a decade, Yamamoto has performed and recorded extensively with artists such as Jim O’Rourke, Eiko Ishibashi and Akira Sakata, as well as participating in innumerable improvised and ad hoc groups. After hearing his stunning debut solo release, Ashiato, released last year on Black Truffle and Newhere Music, we knew we had to ask him to contribute to our Takuroku series.
Retaining all the sense of focus and intensity that characterised his debut release, Yamamoto opts for a kind of chiselled minimalism on ano kane wo narasu. Recorded in one take while imagining he's playing a “no-audience & no live-streaming” gig, he creates a cocooned sonic space, sown together by bowed cymbals and gentle gong hits, forming textural work that shrieks, sighs, moans and folds into itself. As the piece develops, Yamamoto engages with cyclical rhythmic play, lifting his sound world from a cauldron of swelling drones skyward. An absorbing work of emerging and collapsing sound - threaded together with a masterful deft hand.
Tatsuhisa Yamamoto - percussion
Recorded at Amorfon
Mastered by Oliver Barrett
Cover photo by Taiko Kuniyoshi
Thanks to Keiko Yamamoto, Yoshio Machida and Cafe OTO
Tatsuhisa Yamamoto, born on Oct 25, 1982, in Yamaguchi, Japan, is a pure acoustic drummer, not an electric drummer. He plays primarily improvised music, and participates in a variety of bands, projects, supporting singers, and has produced multiple recordings. Yamamoto’s solo acoustic performance succeeds in combining dynamism, melodicism and polyrhythm, fusing overwhelming volume with delicate technique.
"Tatsuhisa is one of the most exciting young drummers in Japan at the moment." - Otomo Yoshihide
Yamamoto has also collaborated with artists such as Otomo Yoshihide, Jim O'Rourke, Sachiko M, RUINS, Seiichi Yamamoto (ex.boredoms), Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Keiji Haino, Akira Sakata, Kumio Kurachi, Daisuke Takaoka, Makoto Kawabata (AcidMotherTemple), Munehiro Narita(HIGHRISE), Mitsuru Tabata(ZENI-GEVA/AMT&TCI), Masahiko Sato, Yuji Takahashi, Gianni Gebbia, Ned Rothenberg, Daniele Camalda, Alan Silva, and many others.
Yamamoto’s main projects are SSW, a duo with “Eiko Ishibashi”; “NATSUMEN”, a band lead by AxSxE; acoustic & synthesized drums duo with Muneomi Senju (ex.Boredoms); “Plus Minus Zero”a live electronica & psychedelic prog jam trio with Yuji Katsui (ROVO) and marron a.k.a. dubmarronics; “FirstMeeting,” an acoustic noise improvisation Quartet with Natsuki Tamura, Satoko Fujii, and Kelly Churko; “Ohanami,” a unit with Yoshio Machida on the steelpan; as well as recordings with the Kahimi Karie band featuring Otomo Yoshihide and Jim O'Rourke. Recently he has been performing regularly with Jim O'Rourke. He participates in, and organizes multiple projects around Tokyo.