水​の​か​た​ち Mizu no katachi (kk030)

by Kazuya Matsumoto

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A debut album by Japanese percussionist Kazuya Matsumoto entitled "Mizu no katachi" meaning "Shape of Water".
This is an archive of his 5 years spending time within the nature, performing with water which he describes as below.

"When I go into the nature and focus on particular sounds as if I were the conductor, I find there are numerous accidentally composed music playing here and there. And my idea was to join this nature orchestra providing sounds to them to form another different world which would enable myself to listen to them from a completely different angle.

I decided to use water as the main theme as I'm somehow attracted to them maybe as I grew up in a place where it's cloudy and raining all year around. Sounds evolved accidentally from different places of different period and times, and that very moment I played / not played to them. To me, it was full of excitement to join the nature. Some sounds were able to record upon countless visits, and some just happen to be lying there. I tried different approaches so that people can enjoy and face each and every sounds. It would be my pleasure if you can listen to the happenings and the inevitable, and also conscious and the subconscious. "



Kazuya Matsumoto is a drummer / percussionist from Tokyo (Japan), born and grew up in the city of Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture where famous for it's traditional arts and beautiful crafts. He is inspired by the great scale of nature, and the daily traditions there, which he filters through himself to create original sounds with an awareness of tradition and progression. His focus is more into the sound and the resonance itself rather than the musical scales and melodies, mainly using harmonic percussions such as hamon, gong and singing bowl, and other non-instrument objects which makes sounds. His creation starts by performing and recording in the nature which he sees as his life work. In 2013, he received the grad prix award in the Otokuchi project which was held as the related project of Setouchi International Art Festival. He is also active in the non-music industry field such as being in charge of producing music for Primitive Sense Art Festival (2014), and taking part in the Busstrio‘s play "ALice, where are you going?"as the drummer and percussionist. In 2015, he releases his 1st solo album "Mizu no katachi" from SPEKK label. He has also previously shared stages with musicians such as Ametsub, kyoka, sawako, Chihei Hatakeyama, Takashi Tsuda, Keiji Haino, Haruka Nakamura, FourColor, Minamo, 34423, Mergrim and Yui Onodera. As a drummer, he plays in bands like FilFla (with Keiichi Sugimoto), Mergrim x Kazuya Matsumoto and Itoken with Speakers.

石川県出身、東京在住の打楽器奏者。 伝統芸能や繊細で美しい美術工芸品を文化とする金沢で生まれ、自然の生み出すスケールと暮らしに息づく伝統から得たインスピレーションを自身のフィルターを通し音像へと落とし込む事で伝統と先進を意識した音楽表現をしている。波紋音・銅鑼・シンギングボールなどの倍音を多く含んだ打楽器を中心に、音具・工芸品・自然物・非楽器などの音の鳴るオブジェクトを使用。音階や旋律ではなく音の響きそのものに重きを置き、自然の中での演奏・録音から作品作りを行い、一般的な音楽感からは逸脱したとしても、価値観や美意識に共鳴してくれる人や世界に音を届け続けることを自身のライフワークとしている。2013年に瀬戸内国際芸術祭の関連事業「おとくち」プロジェクトにてグランプリを受賞。2014年には「原始感覚美術祭2014 水のうたがき 特別公演」の音楽担当や、バストリオの舞台『ALice, where are you going? 』にドラム・パーカッションで出演するなど、音楽の枠を越えて多岐にわたって活動中。 これまでの共演者はAmetsub , kyoka , sawako, Chihei Hatakeyama, 津田貴司, 灰野敬二, バストリオ, haruka nakamura, FourColor, minamo, 34423, mergrim, yui onodera等。ドラマーとしては、杉本佳一
(Minamo,Vegpher,Fourcolor) のFilFla、mergrim × kazuya matsumoto、イトケンwith SPEAKERS 等に参加。


released December 17, 2015


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