Seijiro Murayama - percussion
Tomaž Grom - contrabass
Seijiro Murayama , born in 1957 in Nagasaki. Worked with Fred Frith, Tom Cora, Keiji Haino, KK Null between 1980 and 1998. Since 1999 he lives and works in France. -Solo with a snare drum and a cymbal (amplified or acoustic), sometimes with a drum kit. -Duo with Jean-Luc Guionnet (alto sax), Eric Cordier (amplified hurdy gurdy), Stéphane Rive (soprano sax), Tim Blechmann (computer), Didier Lasserre (percussion). -Trio with Thierry Madiot (bass trombone etc) and Pascal Battus (prepared guitar) -Off-cells: with Taku Unami (guitar), Uta Kawasaki (analog synthesizer), Takahiro Kawaguchi (objects)
He collaborated with some contemporary dance-theatre-performance groups as a composer-musician. His artistic principal is especially to work with the idea of the interdisciplinarity between music and other disciplines of art: dance, video, paintings, photos, literature etc: approaching ‘a stranger’ to do something constructive with them. Even if his music has evolved since last years by the practice of writing compositions, improvisation is still his major artistic concern (workshops of improvisation in Japan, Italy, France, Slovenia). His approach is based on the attention to space and place, to the energy of the audience, and to the quality of silence in various levels. His solo is a kind of continuum with microscopic sounds. He uses a snare drum and a cymbal with brushes, sticks etc and air and contact microphones (in order to work on the edge of perceptions).
Tomaž Grom has created music for numerous theatrical, dance and puppet performances. He is also classified to the musical miles that draw their expression from acoustic and digitally processed sounds. He dedicates much time to exploring expanded techniques for playing the contrabass in combination with electronics; he quite deftly steers between free improvisation and predetermined structures.