Sax Solo Performance At Subway In Queens, NY 2008-2009

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Alto Saxophone – Tamio Shiraishi

“A set of unique site-specific live recordings from one of the true legends of the Tokyo underground, taped at a number of different subway stations in Queens, NYC.
Tamio Shiraishi is one of the legends of the Japanese underground. For over thirty years he has continued to pursue an utterly unique eruptive style of performance interventions into consensus reality, ranging from visceral, guttural vocal explosions, intense synth blatter in an early Fushitsusha lineup, to his trademark dogwhistle sonics on alto saxophone. In recent years he has been resident in New York, where he has performed with Sean Meehan, Alan Licht and sundry No-Necks.
Site-specific field recordings, particularly in urban spaces, have been a long term interest in Shiraishi’s work, and while he lived in Tokyo he could often been seen late at night playing with the wind on a pedestrian bridge in Shinjuku. These recent recordings from 2008 and 2009 capture Shiraishi in the NYC subway, exhaling long thin wires of aural razor light through the tunnels, breathing in bleak, beautiful harmony with the clanks and squeals of the occasional passing subway train. Mind blowing.”