We’ve just received the copies of three new titles on our in-house OTOROKU label.
Spanning an eclectic and multi-faceted sonic range, these three releases also present a trio of firsts – the first meeting between US guitarist Bill Orcutt and South Korean cellistOkkyung Lee; the first duo performance from Japanese Noh performer Yukihiro Isso and percussionist Roger Turner; and the first ever UK performance from Georgian vocalist and saz player, Asiq Nargile.
A full recording of the first meeting between Bill Orcutt (USA) and Okkyung Lee (South Korea). Individually these players have focussed on an idiosyncratic approach to their chosen instruments and technique. Okkyung is one of the most singular voices to compromise the cello’s ‘classical’ origin, whilst Orcutt has spent many years developing a unique abstraction of traditional guitar blues.
Yukihiro Isso / nohkan (noh-flute), shinobue, dengakubue, gemshorn and recorder. Roger Turner / percussion
“Takanehishigu, recorded at London’s Cafe Oto in September last year, shows what an intoxicating experience Isso’s excursions into free improvisation can be… In drummer Roger Turner, he has found a faithful musical soul mate.” – Philip Clark, The WIRE
Takanehishigu is the audio documentation of the first time acclaimed Noh performer, Isso, and great percussionist, Turner, played together. The results are a breathtaking new music which remains respectful to the individual traditions whilst simultaneously subverting them.
Aşıq Nargilə Mehtiyeva / saz (long-necked lute) and Söz (vocals)
Born in Tbilisi, Nargilə Mehtiyeva aka Aşıq Nargilə has been playing saz (long-neck lute) and singing since the age of 15. Fluent in Azerbaijani, Georgian, and Russian, Nargilə represents the cosmopolitan heritage of old Tbilisi, a city once known as a meeting point for multilingual aşıq bards who would travel through the region serving as conduits for news, ideas, music and culture.