BBC Maida Vale 'LIVE' improv session for BBC Radio 3
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The 27-minute piece ’Needle Six’ is a BBC recording of an improvised session between Masayoshi Fujita and Guy Andrews that took place at the prestigious Maida Vale Studios on October 26, 2015. Recorded as part of BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction the performance continues the show's tradition of introducing two musicians on stage for the first time and documenting the unpredictable and compelling sounds, which unfold. Following on from Masa's label colleague Nils Frahm, who also improvised with Ghostpoet on a previous session, both Masayoshi and Guy were encouraged to abandon their usual respective preparations and adopt a totally new approach.
On the subject of expectations and preparations Guy explains: "I was pretty excited, but equally had feelings of being out of my depth. Despite it being amazing, I actually tried to not listen to Masa’s music too much until a day before, as I knew I'd potentially end up overanalysing it and not putting my own style on the session. Having very little music theory knowledge under my belt, and being known for doing things by ear, meant being matched with a classically trained musician was reasonably daunting. I decided to only prepare by making some field recordings in the week before, and trying not to think about it too much."
Masayoshi expands, saying: "basically I am not an improv guy. I do improvise with certain other musicians but we usually have some rough plan. This time was different, so I just tried not to think too much and see how it goes. I think it made sense that I only played acoustic and Guy played electronic stuff. It made our approach more simple and clear. I think both sounds complimented each other very well."
’Needle Six’ will be released by Erased Tapes in collaboration with Houndstooth on April 16 – exclusively for Record Store Day 2016.
from Needle Six,
track released April 6, 2016
Masayoshi Fujita & Guy Andrews