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Chun by Natsuki Tamura and Satoko Fujii

When the husband and wife team of pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura come together, the recording is always special like their latest release Chun. They delve into the relationship of discord and rhyme and revel in its fury and acquiescence. On the recording, the duo explore the multiple patterns which these two elements produce when brought together as they discover new facets in their chemistry. The segments in the tracks act and counteract each other creating a chemical reaction that is explosive and fascinating to experience. Fujii and Tamura have a chemistry that is so unique and completely exclusive to them in which nothing is mediated or held back. The tracks are composed from pure, unadulterated emotions.

The mayhem which they construct in "Tokyo Rush Hour" pulls the listener into the center of the action, and the crazed intonations of Fujii’s piano keys in "Nudibranch" are deranged and draconian as Tamura’s rippling trumpet wails emit unrestrained passion and rise above the dark and furious rage in the recesses of the track. The music contains unbridled movements and creative expressions that plunge into the avant realm. The tones are enigmatic and the verses range from being disturbing to having a lavish flowering. The duo’s musical connection is profound and exists on a plane that goes beyond human logic and reason. It is a science that is exclusively shared by Fujii and Tamura.

Tamura rapidly fires off this trumpet in "Infrared" to the satisfaction of Fujii’s incessant hammering on the piano keys. The duo is bound to each other but each trails along their own individual paths. Sometimes their paths are parallel and sometimes their paths cause friction and dissonance. They balance discord and rhyme without any premeditation about producing it. Their improvisations are tied to their desires which create change and conflict but also acquiescence like in "Stone Flowers." Fujii’s keys dodder fervently in "Curt Response" and magnify to a shrilly pitch in "Ultraviolet." The 20-minute "Triangle" features the duo’s finest qualities like Tamura sustaining his notes for an impressive amount of time, and Fujii creating textural variations which move the piece through a series of changes.

The pairing of Natsuki Tamura and Satoko Fujii always offers audiences some insight into the relationship of discord and rhyme. Their compositions are profound and have an enigmatic presence that makes them impossible to grasp but fascinating to experience. They are a couple who continues to explore their craft deeper and find new facets in their chemistry.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Natsuki Tamura and Satoko Fujii
  • CD Title: Chun
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2008
  • Record Label: Libra Records
  • Tracks: Tokyo Rush Hour, Nudibranch, Infrared, Chun, Stone Flowers, Curt Response, Ultraviolet, Spiral Staircase, Triangle
  • Musicians: Natsuki Tamura (trumpet), Satoko Fujii (piano)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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