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  • Geoff Leigh & Yumi Hara "Upstream" (CD)
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In their first-ever collaboration free jazz icons Leigh and Hara produce a deeply sensitive soundscape, populated by a number of inticing forays into a more intense form of artistic expression.Although a multi-instrumentalist, Leigh concentrates mainly on the flute -- although it is frequently fed through a variety of electronic effects, creating some intriguing textures. He sometimes overblows, creating a harsh edge -- suggestive of the sound of a Japanese shakuhachi flute. This is made all the more gripping when surrounded by the overall atmosphere of slowly evolving calm.Hara sings and plays keyboards, changing her palette from acoustic piano to hard-edged organ sounds. Conjuring up unpredictable colors and textures, her playing and vocal work follow an instinctive path -- defying sterotypes, and overlapping cultural boundaries.Together, their music possesses contrasting densities -- often evoking an atmosphere of soothing tranquility. This fascinating album refuses to be confined by genre or conform to any preconceived notions.


released September 23, 2009

GEOFF LEIGH: flute, soprano sax, zither, percussion, nose flute, voice drone, electronics
YUMI HARA: keyboards, vocals

Recorded on September 23 & 24, 2008, by Yumi Hara.
Mixed by Geoff Leigh.
Mastered by David Lintern, at Chocolate Wasp, UK.
Produced by Geoff Leigh & Yumi Hara.
Executive producer Leonardo Pavkovic.


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