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Free Japan

This episode explores the cross-cultural current of the avant-garde in Japan, specifically in the early 70s, where it erupted in composition, free jazz, film, and where it would continue to influence countless future musicians, both in Japan and in the West. While a comprehensive collection of music from this vast scene is warranted, here we take a small peek across the ocean into this sea of creativity. We'll hear music from Toshi Ichiyanagi, Takehisa Kosugi, Masayuki "Jojo" Takayanagi, Keiji Haino, Kaoru Abe, Yamashita Yosuke, John Zorn/Yamataka Eye Duo and more.




A show dedicated to the ephemeral: improvised music throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly the outer edges of the spectrum. Visions--spectral, cosmic, worldly and solitary--provide the musical inspiration for so many musicians, and improvisation has proved an excellent means of communication. This show will draw on several musical traditions, including Jazz, Western composition, and others from around the world to explore how improvisation functions, communicates, and generally kicks ass.