Q&A about 2CD 'Works on Paper' with Gil Sansón and Lance Austin Olsen

“Here we have two artists who are meeting each other at some common middle ground, without losing our identity one bit, but ending up with pieces that would have not being what they are if we didn't set to meet each other halfway.” (GS) YZ…

PRESS RELEASE: Gil Sansón / Lance Austin Olsen - Works on Paper (elsewhere 006-2)

Venezuelan-based composer/artist Gil Sansón and Canadian-based composer/painter Lance Austin Olsen began to work closely together via long distance in 2014. Their collaboration initially began when Olsen painted the CD cover of Sansón's re…

My Year-End List (Releases) of 2018

I am still catching up with listening to this year's releases one by one, and besides the list below, there are some more recent discs that I did not have a chance to check out yet but am looking forward to listening to when I have more ti…

My Year-End List (Live Performances) of 2018

2018 has been quite a busy year for me with so much producing work for my newly launched elsewhere label, in addition to the design works for Erstwhile Records and Gravity Wave, so I barely had a chance to listen to this year's releases on…

Q&A about the two compositions on '120 Pieces of Sound' with Jürg Frey

"I think the question is not ‘how to get it’, but ‘how not to destroy the openness’ when we compose." YZ (Yuko Zama): I listened to your two recordings of 60 Pieces of Sound and L'âme est sans retenue II in a row, and the experience was fa…

Q&A about 'about' with Stefan Thut and Ryoko Akama

"These silences are soon getting replaced by something else: by the sounds from before, by the sounds in expectation, by thoughts." YZ (Yuko Zama): Ryoko, I heard that you were the person who initiated this recording project. How did you c…

Q&A about 'Without' with Clara de Asís

“In order to form a whole, you have to be simultaneously with and without the rest of the elements.” YZ (Yuko Zama): I heard from Greg and Erik that they asked you to write this piece 'Without' for their duo. Can you tell me what came up i…

PRESS RELEASE: Stefan Thut - about (elsewhere 005)

Stefan Thut composed 'about' in 2017 for a sextet as a part of the first concert series of the art and music project ame, commissioned by Ryoko Akama, a UK-based sound artist/composer/performer and a co-curator of ame. Akama gathered four …

PRESS RELEASE: Clara de Asís - Without (elsewhere 004)

Clara de Asís composed the piece 'Without' for the duo of Erik Carlson (violin) and Greg Stuart (percussion) in 2018. In this 43-minute piece, de Asís gave a precise framework for the position and the duration of each sound section and eac…

PRESS RELEASE: Jürg Frey - 120 Pieces of Sound (elsewhere 003)

Jürg Frey’s unique compositional approach places him at the cutting edge of contemporary classical music while simultaneously maintaining a touch of impressionistic/romantic aesthetics in its roots. Since the late 90's, Frey started to wor…