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darkthroat

by Yui Nakamura

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about

Voice performer Yui Nakamura produces delicate, minute vocalization using her mouth and throat. During performances, her voice takes on numerous forms and transformations according to the situation. In each case, it’s as if her voice were an extension of the air drifting through the space.

When a live recording at Ftarri becomes a CD, it isn’t often the case that the decision to produce a CD is made first and a public concert recording takes place afterwards—but this album is one of those rare occasions. In August 2015, six CD-Rs were produced to mark the third anniversary of the Ftarri store in Suidobashi, Tokyo. Volume 6 of this series includes a quiet, 10-minute-long solo piece recorded, together with neighborhood sounds, by Yui Nakamura at her home. The casual feeling in the combination of everyday sounds and voice performance was exquisite, and thus it was decided that, after the release of the CD-R, a public recording would be held at Ftarri and released as a CD. It took a few years for this to happen, but two concerts were finally performed on January 21 and February 25, 2018, by Nakamura and four invited musicians, each of whom has a superb musical affinity with her voice. In the January concert, Nakamura performed with Masahiko Okura (clarinet); and in February, with Madoka Kouno (tape recorders, mixer, speakers), Yoko Ikeda (viola) and Wakana Ikeda (flute). With the addition of a solo performance by Nakamura recorded at the January concert, the result is an album release made up of three tracks in solo, duo and quartet formats.

In each piece, Nakamura quietly produces a variety of vocalizations. Each of her fellow musicians coordinates with her voice while fully displaying their unique performance styles, making for performances of remarkable density. The result is an outstanding work in which a quiet awesomeness lurks within an atmosphere of nonchalance.

ヴォイス・パフォーマーの中村ゆいは、口と喉を使って微細な声を発する。その声は、演奏な中で状況に合わせていくつものを形を取り変化するが、どれもその場に漂う空気の延長線上にあるかのようだ。

Ftarri でのライヴ録音がCD化される時、CD化を先に決めてから公開録音のコンサートをおこなうケースはさほど多くない。しかし、本作はその少ないケースのひとつ。東京、水道橋の Ftarri ショップが3周年を迎えたのを記念して2015年8月に制作したCD-R6枚のうち Vol. 6 に、中村ゆいが自宅で周辺の音と一緒に録音した10分の静かなソロ作品が収録されている。日常とヴォイス・パフォーマンスの結びつきのさり気なさがすばらしかったので、このCD-Rリリース後、Ftarri で公開録音をおこないCDリリースすることが決まった。結局、実施までに数年かかってしまったが、2018年の1月21日と2月25日、中村以外に、彼女の声との相性抜群と思われる4人の演奏家を呼んでコンサートを2回おこなった。共演者は1月が大蔵雅彦 (クラリネット)、2月が河野円 (テープ・レコーダー、ミキサー、スピーカー)、池田陽子 (ヴィオラ)、池田若菜 (フルート)。こうして、中村の1月録音のソロ演奏も1曲加え、ソロ、デュオ、カルテットの全3曲を収録したアルバム・リリースが実現した。

中村はどの曲においても、静かに様々な声を発している。共演者はいずれも各自の演奏スタイルを存分に発揮しつつ、中村のヴォイスと協調し、演奏の密度の高さは特筆ものだ。さりげない中に潜む静かな凄みが際立つ名品が生まれた。

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released July 12, 2020

Yui Nakamura: throat, mouth, microphone

Madoka Kouno: tape recorders, mixer, speakers (1)
Yoko Ikeda: viola (1)
Wakana Ikeda: flute (1)
Masahiko Okura: clarinet (3)

Recorded live at Ftarri, Tokyo, January 21, 2018 (2, 3) and February 25, 2018 (1)
Engineered by Taku Unami
Design by Ken Nakanishi

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