10.12.18 – Tetuzi Akiyama with Krausbauer, Reid Martin and Tobin

October 12, 2018, 8:00 am - 10:45 pm

Zebulon Café Los Angeles
2478 Fletcher Dr.
Los Angeles, CA

Black Editions and The Unwrinkled Ear present:
An evening with Tetuzi Akiyama
Solo and in group improvisations featuring John Krausbauer, Christopher Reid Martin and Micaela Tobin.

Since emerging in the 1980’s from Tokyo’s insurgent improvising underground, guitarist TETUZI AKIYAMA has blazed a thrillingly confounding trail. Over the decades Akiyama has developed an utterly unique musical language; his playing reveals a total mastery of the achingly beautiful sounds of roots and country blues music as well as the nuanced avant garde abstractions that embrace subtle sounds and silence. Akiyama is perhaps the only artist that can lay equal claim to the inspiration of John Lee Hooker’s boogie guitar runs and John Cage’s silence.

As one writer put it- “Tetuzi Akiyama’s guitar playing, with its spindly blues-tinged inflections and stifled silences, is without a doubt one of the more engaging performance approaches in contemporary improvisational music. He consistently manages to steer performances away from oblivious dissonant abstraction, denying his sessions the baggage of the usual ominous, sterility-tinted cliches. Akiyama has a sensitive range, able to indulge both in the moments of abandon and focus the improvisation with his dark, raspy melodies.”

In addition to making a variety of solo albums covering everything from fingerpicking and slide acoustic guitar atonalism to noisy experimental drone to never ending boogie, Akiyama has made many albums in collaboration with highly praised artists such as Jozef Van Wissem, Donald McPherson, Greg Malcolm, Bruce Russell, Günter Müller, Jason Kahn, Michel Henritzi, Phantom Limb, Gul3, Tim Barnes, Oren Ambarchi, Martin Ng and Alan Licht, just to name a few. Akiyama is also a band member of “Koboku Senjû”, “Satanic Abandoned Rock & Roll Society” and “Hontatedori”. Akiyama has been frequently invited for international music festivals in Asia, East & West Europe, North & South America, Australia and New Zealand in recent years.

JOHN KRAUSBAUER (b. Indianapolis) is a music composer/multi-instrumentalist/improviser currently living in Oakland, CA.
He has performed and presented his music in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Japan, in a multitude of settings – from basements, sidewalks, and rock clubs to colleges, churches, and art galleries. Numerous recordings of his have been released on independent labels in the US, Europe, and Japan.

A long time purveyor of the ur-drone and trance-psychedelia, his work involves audio transmissions for TOTAL/immersive sensory experience. Transcendence through repetition, duration, alternate tunings, maximum volumes, and (often) stroboscopic lighting.
MICAELA TOBIN is a soprano, sound artist, and teacher based in Los Angeles, CA who specializes in contemporary opera and experimental voice, composing under the moniker “White Boy Scream.”She has performed extensively throughout the western United States, most notably as a guest with hip-hop experimentalists and Sub Pop signees “clipping.” during their 2017 tour in support of “The Flaming Lips.”

She was a soprano soloist alongside Annette Bening in the play “Medea” at UCLALive.
CHRISTOPHER REID MARTIN is a multidisciplinary artist, currently residing in Los Angeles. He first began working with sound in Orange County in 2004, under the moniker Shelter Death. The project initially started strictly as experimentation with sound utilizing unorthodox methods such as such as broken amps and manipulated radio signals for a peculiar and isolated expression. These novel explorations were used to produce a handful of cd-r’s and tapes released on Via Injection, Irrational Tenttent, and A.C.T.I.O.N. Now residing in Los Angeles Christopher has and continues to show work in several art shows and has performed live in numerous events and projects such as Bailouts, Via Injection, Shelter Death, Rotary ECT, Gate, and under his own name. Instrumentation and expression is not limited to guitars, ladders, overhead projectors, contact mic’d items, live video, and synthesizers. He has performed and collaborated with artists Joseph Hammer, Bryce Loy, James Roemer, Andrew Scott, Gabie Strong, Michael Morley, Lev Abramov, and Daniel Hipolito. He has exhibited in a number of group art shows and his current solo exhibition Mar Guage is currently being shown at Coaxial Art Foundation from Septmeber 8th- September 26th.