ARTIST | 艺术家
Christopher Willits has been instrumental in redefining the guitar in the digital age. Using custom-built software, Willits morphs his guitar playing into warm folded rhythms of texture and melody. Named “the center cell of a complex indie rock-avant-garde-electronic art Venn diagram in the Bay Area” (San Francisco Bay Guardian), and “The Picasso of Sound” (Tokafi Magazine), Willits defies genre distinctions while still defining a sound of his own. His guitar lines fold and weave into each other creating complex patterns of interlocking rhythm, melody, and texture.
With over 15 music releases over the last 7 years, Willits's passion is obvious. Every release sees Willits taking chances and expanding his creative vision. In addition to his solo work, a vast range of music collaborations, sound installations, and film/video projects compel him. His band project Flossin involves Zach Hill, Kid606, Nate Boyce, and Matmos, The North Valley Subconscious Orchestra is Willits and Brad Laner, formerly of Medicine. Other frequent collaborators include Scott Pagano, Taylor Deupree, and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Willits' numerous releases and collaborative projects cover a broad spectrum of musical styles, and include one main commonality: Willits' unique approach to the guitar and sound.
Willits completed his Master's Degree in Electronic Music at Mills College where he studied with Pauline Oliveros and Fred Frith. At Mills he explored structure-generating processes in music; a focus not unfamiliar to former Mills affiliates John Cage and Steve Reich. Prior to Mills, Willits focused on painting, video art, sound art and music at the Kansas City Art Institute.
In addition to all of this, Willits is a director at Sound Arts and Founder / Director of the community of artists, releases, events, and sharing at Overlap.org.
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Peter Scherr is an American bassist/composer/ musical strategist living in Hong Kong.
He has over 20 years professional experience ranging from positions with symphony orchestras through jazz and experimental music performance and composition. Mr. Scherr has performed and recorded with leading creative musicians such as his brother Tony Scherr, Jenny Scheinman, Jim Black, Briggan Krauss, Allison Miller, Joe Rosenberg, Matt McMahon, Simon Barker and many others.
Mr. Scherr pursues musical excellence and inspiration in areas of unique interest. His current focus is the realization of creative music concepts. One of his long-term goals is the establishment of a common practice of creative music in China, drawing on the talent of the most interesting improvisers from around the world.
This Norwegian trio is based upon the uncommon line up Hammond B3 organ, piano and drums. We were all fascinated by the sound of these instruments, and thought it was too bad this lineup was not more common.
Capable of combining the groovy feel of the organtrio with the harmonic and melodic style of the piano trio, this should form the base for the perfect trio. Could make you wonder why this hasn't been the most used trio lineup. But the answer came soon too us: Excess Luggage!
The music is based upon strong melodies played with an open mind, lots of energy and an well developed interplay between three musician that has knows each other for many years. The tunes is a mix of original compositions developed for this trio, and arrangements of well known standards.
One of the most important piano players in Norway. Has received two norwegian grammys for his releases with his own trio. Also works as a composer with bestillingsverk for the Vossajazz and Trondheim festivals. Has played on more than 20 other jazz records as a sideman with, among others, Karin Krog, NHØP, Terje Typdal, Warne Marsh and John Surman.
Was elected «Young Norwegian Jazz musician of the year» in 2002 with the trio «SOLID!» and got many gigs in Norway and Europe after this. «SOLID!» also won the Getxo competition in Spain in 2003. Recorded with Pål Thowsen, Jon Eberson and Sidsel Endresen in 2002. Toured with Trondheim Jazzorchestra and Pat Metheny in 2003. Moved to Copenhagen in 2004 and has played wih danish musicians Kresten Osgood, Jacob Fisher, Marc Bernstein.
Håkon Mjåset Johansen:
Started early to establish himself as one of the leading Norwegian drummers. The trio “Urban Connection” was elected “ Young Norwegian Jazzmusician of the year” in 1998. They won a Grammy for their debut “Urban Connection” and was nominated for their second called“French Only”. Håkon has toured with Chick Corea and Trondheim Jazzorchestra in 2000-01, and played quartet with Michael Brecker on the Molde festival in 2003. He has also played with “Motif”, “Solid!” and “Come Shine”
Yoshihiro HANNO aka RADIQ
A noble musician/composer who practices broad creation from electronic music to acoustic movie sound track in all over the world and writes music basing on his own stance and point of view.Hanno had appeared in electro scene with huge impact of his original sound that <King of May> album, which had been released as Multiphonic Ensemble from Belgian "Sub Rosa" imprint in 1997 had. This album had highly acclaimed as "giant step of electronics music" and "most important electronics album in last few years." and his existence had drawn attention of the people suddenly.
In 1998, he collaborated with Ex-Japan member<Mick Karn> for the album <Liquid Glass> that was released in Japan, U.K. and USA. Also in the same year, he was commissioned to perform Maurice Ravel's "Pavane For A Dead Princess" with full orchestra of NJP (New Japan Philharmonic orchestra). He restructured the famous masterpiece and received the enthusiastic praise.
Also he released his 1st album <Portrait of a Poet> under Yoshihiro Hanno name. This album that has universal beauty received the many compliments from artist like Jim O'Rourke, Ryuichi Sakamoto etc... Also he had entered into the world of movie in the same year and dealt with score for the film "flowers of Shanghai" that is directed by Asian movie master Hou Hsiao-Hsien. It was his first experience for doing movie's sound track and had been highly acclaimed being invited to the Cannes Film Festival as official exhibited work for its competition class. Hanno who also went to the place by himself had evaluated as "discovering of new movie sound track composer" by the local press. And he had get international fame also as composer for film score doing ones including "Platform" which is directed by film director 'Jia Zhang-ke' (Venezia Film Festival 'the NETPAC Award', Nantes Film Festival-GrandPrix, Buenos Aires Film Festsival-GrandPrix), "Cannon" which is directed by film director Isao Yukisada, "All tomorrow's parties" which is directed by film director 'Yu Likwai' (exhibited work for Cannes Film Festival) and so on.
In 1999, in his Multiphonic Ensemble alias, he released his 2nd album <Cirque>. The music was inspired by the masterpiece of Georges Rouault ''circus'' is the concept of whole music and filed with the joy of freedom of creation, and has a lot of energy of music born.
In 2000, he was musical director along with <Ryuichi Sakamoto> for the Yomiuri TV soup opera <Eien No Ko>. Also, became part of Ryuichi Sakamoto's unit "CODE" which collaborated with him which was named <hoon> and released a special CD and Book Set. And he had also started his own label "Cirque" same year.The original computer music which is sent through here has been getting huge acclaim from all over the world.
Since 2001, Hanno had been developing more world-wide activities basing on both Paris and Tokyo. He has been enthusiastically doing a lot of live performances at each European countries like U.K, France, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium, including taking part in "Radical Fashion" with Bjork and so on. In 2002, he had released album <9 modules. +> from Japanese brand-new electronic music imprint "PROGRESSIVE FOrM" and highly acclaimed from both domestic and foreign media.
In 2003, Hanno had released his most brilliant work <Lido>(the one which Arto Lindsey who is well known in NY Avant grade scene and Joan La Barbara who is famous for vocal performance in John Cage's works also participates in.) that contains the results of all his career spending 4 years to make and it should be expressed as masterpiece from Sony. Ultimate beauty and sound of that album had get overwhelming support and made existence of his marvelous musical talent sure. And the magnificent concert which had featured Lido Ensemble that is organized by 22 musicians including the wind instrument in Tokyo had completely succeeded. And Hanno is releasing latest type of minimal electro album, <GRAFFITI & RUDE BOY 67'> which collects dynamism of Hip hop, Dub and Jazz under name of <RADIQ> from PROGRESSIVE FOrM in 2004.The album which features female singer <Terry> and African-French rapper <Black Crom> was also released from French imprint "Logistic records" in world wide.
Yoshihiro Hanno's works will expand to new horizons. March 2005
+3dB is a new, small label focused on bringing out new music and sound without consideration for genre esthetics. Our releases will diverge from contemporary composer portraits through electro-acoustics, experimental performance, improv and sound art. This self-imposed cacophonic approach promises a high degree of variation and risk - all focus generated solely from our definition of quality.
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