Kuroshio's debut album with Asian Improv Records, released on Friday November 6th, 2020!
Order your copy today: available as a limited edition CD or as an exclusive digital download.
Kuroshio is the continuous flow of creative spirit expressed by an ever-evolving ensemble of improvising artists of Asian descent who explore and contemplate notions of identity, culture and diasporic histories through multilayered channels of sound and performance. The eponymous debut documents an incredibly distinct intersectional moment among three electro-acoustic musicians drawing from a rich current of avant-garde artistic practice. Featured on the recording are Shu-Cheng Allen Wu unraveling sonic samples through his masterful LinnStrument control, pianist Joy Yang who doubles on theremin, and Jason Finkelman on acoustic percussion and laptop electronics.
"While these sound works are offered here alone, their manifestation was inspired by another flow, projected chemical reactions by Michael Koerner artistically framed in customized ceramic plates imbued with relics of material culture. This exchange offered portals through which our collective meditations were channeled.
Three of these works - bereavement, kimono and red cross badge - specifically consider the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Buried in the mix of bereavement is a story by Asami Endo of meeting a hibakusha who stated, “I can share my memories, but you will never truly comprehend what happened to those of us who lived through the experience.”
The two undisclosed reaction tracks were created along with Koerner’s chemical play, while the current flow tracks represent one continuous improvisation of the trio alone. All works represent sonic imagination unfolding in real time - the continual flow of Kuroshio."