PRESS RELEASE: Toshiya Tsunoda - Extract From Field Recording Archive (ErstPast 001-5)

Toshiya Tsunoda is a Japanese sound artist whose quarter century of exploration into field recording has been a huge influence on many other great artists working in similar territory. His archival series of three themed sets of field reco…

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…

Upcoming releases on elsewhere for October 1, 2018

We are happy to announce new releases for October 1, 2018: Jürg Frey - 120 Pieces of Sound (elsewhere 003)(60 Pieces of Sound - performed by Laura Cetilia / Morgan Evans-Weiler / J.P.A. Falzone / Luke Martin / Jürg Frey) (L'âme est sans re…

elsewhere interview On the Record

Recently, NYC music journalist Steve Smith did an in-depth intervew with me on my label elsewhere, in which I talked about my label's orientation and aesthetics as well as my future plans for the upcoming releases. Click here if you are in…

PRESS RELEASE: Biliana Voutchkova / Michael Thieke - Blurred Music (elsewhere 001-3)

The Berlin-based Bulgarian violinist Biliana Voutchkova and German clarinetist Michael Thieke have worked together intensely within both compositional and improvisational duo and group projects in Berlin since 2011. In their current projec…

PRESS RELEASE: Melaine Dalibert - Musique pour le lever du jour (elsewhere 002)

Melaine Dalibert (born 1979), a French composer/pianist, has been increasingly recognized for his compositional piano works as well as his interpretations of works by Gérard Pesson, Giuliano D’Angiolini, Tom Johnson, Peter Garland and many…

elsewhere On the Record

Very nice introductory article on elsewhere appeared On the Record, written by Steve Smith. nationalsawdust.org

Dante Boon performed Cage, Houben, Cormier, Waller, Philippakopoulos, Beuger (NYC)

Last night, Dutch composer and pianist Dante Boon performed works by John Cage, Eva-Maria Houben, André Cormier, Michael Vincent Waller, Anastassis Philippakopoulos, and Antoine Beuger at Daniel Goode's Loft, NYC. The program was assembled…

introducing 'elsewhere'

After being involved with music production first as a photographer, then as a designer and co-producer for Erstwhile Records for 15 years and Gravity Wave for 8 years, I decided to start my own label. The label's name is 'elsewhere', curat…

Two years ago today ...

Two years ago today, a local newspaper in Matsumoto City, Nagano (my father’s hometown) featured a retrospective article on my late father, who was once a painter and art teacher and later became a designer. It was a very nice article, wri…

Melaine Dalibert performed Peter Garland, Michael Vincent Waller, Melaine Dalibert (NYC)

Last night, the French composer and pianist Melaine Dalibert performed works of Peter Garland, Michael Vincent Waller, and Melaine Dalibert at Daniel Goode's Loft, NYC. The concert opened with Peter Garland’s 1971 piece ‘The Days Run Away’…

The Budapest Festival Orchestra performed Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff under Iván Fischer w/ Dénes Várjon

Last night, I saw the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer performing Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, and Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E minor. It was magnificent. I love th…

My Top 10 Albums / Concerts of 2017

CLASSICAL 1. Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under Sergiu Celibidache - Schubert: Symphony No. 8, "Unfinished" / Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, "From the New World" (MPHIL0004) open.spotify.com 2. Boston Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons - Br…

Jürg Frey - Ephemeral Constructions (EWR 1709)

I have been listening to Jürg Frey’s music intensively in the last few months. I first became aware of Frey’s works in 2010, around the time when I discovered Wandelweiser composers’ works and became deeply immersed in - first Michael Pisa…

Jürg Frey - Collection Gustave Roud (at115x2)    

'Collection Gustave Roud' is a double CD of Jürg Frey's recent works from 2007 to 2016. All five pieces of this album are closely connected with the works of the French-Swiss poet Gustave Roud, who has been a profound influence on Frey’s c…

My new essay on Jürg Frey's L'ame est sans retenue composition series

“It’s about how ‘normal’, ‘regular’ things are transformed - by the work of composing, by decisions, by intuition, by the ear - to an art work.” - Jürg Frey (8/16/2017) My new essay on Jürg Frey's L'ame est sans retenue composition series …

The New York Philharmonic perfomed Salonen, Rachmaninoff and Sibelius under Paavo Järvi w/ Leif Ove Andsnes

October 12, 2017 (Thurs) @ David Geffen Hall - 7:30 PM On Thursday, the first half of The New York Philharmonic concert under the baton of Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi opened with Esa-Pekka Salonen's 1998 composition Gambit (revised in 1…

FOR/WITH: Works by Christian Wolff, Ashley Fure, Annea Lockwood, Michael Pisaro (9/29-30) @Issue Project Room, NYC

Successful interaction of composers and improvisers The trumpeter and composer Nate Wooley organized a two-night mini-festival “FOR/WITH” at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn on September 29th and 30th, featuring four iconoclastic composers—C…

Jürg Frey - L'ame est sans retenue I (ErstClass 002-5)

Jürg Frey - L'ame est sans retenue I (ErstClass 002-5) Jürg Frey's L'ame est sans retenue I (ErstClass 002-5) is officially released from Erstwhile Records today (10/6). This is so far my favorite package I have ever designed. The cover ar…

Opening Gala Concert of NY Philharmonic 2018 w/Jaap van Zweden

On Friday, in the first half of the Opening Gala Concert program, The New York Philharmonic under its new music director Jaap van Zweden, along with pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque, performed the NY premiere of Philip Glass's Concerto …

My Year-End List of 2016

Top 10 Releases of 2016 (classical + experimental genres) 1. Keith Rowe - The Room Extended (ErstSolo) 1. Michael Pisaro/Reinier Van Houdt - the earth and the sky (ErstClass) 3. Mitsuko Uchida - Mozart Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major / Pi…