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Yoichiro Kita

Ninja Jockey, Piccolo Trumpet, Effect Trumpet, Trumpet, Trombone

Eberhard Kranemann

Cello, Guitar, Tenor Saxophone, Voice, Keyboard, Music Computer, Sound Tapes

Yoichiro Kita and Eberhard Kranemann play free improvised music with electronic and traditional instruments.
They both have a classic music education and worked in jazz, rock, electronic pop and club music.
When playing live, there are no arrangements about music pieces, sequences of pieces, keys or sound structures.
Everything is worked out spontaneously out of the moment.
No piece is reproducable live.
Every concert is new and different.
A CD or DVD can only catch and reproduce the moment.
Yoichiro Kita lives and works in Tokyo / Japan.
He experiments with electronic sounds containing samples of the sounds of the world around us, sounds of nature and musical instruments and rhythms.
He works with the DJ computer software program "Ninja Jockey" and plays the trumpet, including electronic alienations, the piccolo trumpet and the trombone.
In Europe he has become well-known for his performances with the legendary SHIBUSA SHIRAZU ORCHESTRA from Tokyo and for his work with the Japanese dancer Yukino Nono within the group KO-ON-TEN.

Eberhard Kranemann lives and works in Wuppertal / Germany.
He experiments with electronic sounds containing samples of the sounds of the world around us, sounds of nature and musical instruments and rhythms.
He works with the DJ-computer MC-303, a tape recorder and his voice and plays the cello, the guitar, the piano and the tenor saxophone.
Kranemann has become well-known for his work with the electronic group KRAFTWERK, with the rock group NEU! from Duesseldorf and for his multimedia show FRITZ MUELLER.

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An easy, short opening by cello and piccolo trumpet. The two musicians are speaking together through the sounds of their instruments. Kita plays the piccolo trumpet and Kranemann the cello, arco and pizzicato.
2. AUTOBAHN (8:20)
This title begins with a wild cry of Kita's trombone, followed by quick and shrill sequences of notes of his effect trumpet. The basis is built of Kita's electronic Ninja Jockey drums and Kranemann's strange, absurd keyboard with an unreal sawing sound and unusual intervals and rhythms. Kranemann changes the sound to the music computer and plays arpeggios in contrast to Kita's rhythmic structures and starts his tape recorder with motorway sounds: Cars are speeding from right to left, from left to right and replace the sound of music. Kranemann was a member of the German electronic group KRAFTWERK in the early years. The motorway sounds are an ironic comment to the title "Autobahn" that brought the group into the charts.
3. SPECIAL MARCH (10:02)
Hard and quick electronic drums (Kita) and a freely played electric guitar (Kranemann) change to a soft rhythm, splintered guitar sound cascades break up the rhythm. A Japanese musical clock (Kita) reproduces sweet melodies, the German guitar smashes up the harmony. Kita takes the electronic pneumatic hammer and then the piccolo trumpet. An exciting collective improvisation between pneumatic hammer, piccolo trumpet and electric guitar is developed. Abrupt interruption: Japanese musical clock and piccolo trumpet in a harmonic style. The tenor saxophone and a quick metronome are added. Kita rings in the march, Kranemann follows with his saxophone, the pneumatic hammer joins in. Irony, chaos, process of disintegration.
Five Minutes ofhaving a rest, a short break and relaxation. Kranemann begins with soft, quiet, peaceful and still standing keyboard sounds without rhythm, Kita adds electronic gongs, melodies in an Arabian scale free themselves of the clouds of the sound. A misty and foggy echoed trombone (Kita) takes part. Peace and quiet. Philosphical deepness. Slow and deep breathing.
5. FREEDOM (4:49)
Exuberant wild free jazz collective improvisation of the trumpet, alienated by electronic effects, and a destructive electric guitar which finally ends in rhythmic structures. Economical Ninja Jockey sounds in the background.
The piece runsin an abstract scratching, sensibly breathing and whispering cello arco sound of Kranemann. Sounds and noises of Kita's computer are added. Very calm, thoughtful, philosophical, maybe a little bit sad, resigning. Negation of reality. Another world.
The German philosopher Karl Marx (1818-1883) was thrown out of Germany because of his revolutionary ideas, went to Paris and then to London, where he wrote his famous critique of capitalism, "Das Kapital". He was supported by Friedrich Engels, a German businessman and factory owner. They often met in a pub in London's district Soho and discussed their ideas. This piece of music reflects the discussion of the two friends, interpretated by the trumpet (Kita) and the tenor saxophone (Kranemann) on the driving rhythm of the city of London ( keyboard computer-rhythm by Kranemann).
8. SHIBELSAP (9:04)
Kranemann begins with steps of half tones on the keyboard, sounds of pigeons come out of Kita's wonder box. Kranemann begins to sing, Kita plays electronic drums. The quiet German singing is confronted with digital Japanese cries. Kranemann changes to a higher pitch, asks questions, gives quick incomprehensible answers with another voice. The drums hammer. The keyboard is not irritated and remains with quiet halftone steps until Kranemann plays an electronic drum solo on the keyboard. Kita joins in spontaneously with his piccolo trumpet. In the end Kita and Kranemann both play electronic drums.
9. WATER (4:00)
Howling, screaming tenor saxophone by Kranemann, piccolo trumpet and a slow ticking metronome by Kita. Then clean, classical Bach-trumpet-sounds by Kita in a dirty sound environment. Sounds of water dripping and rushing.
Introductory sounds of Kranemann's electric Hawaii guitar are followed by a quick MC-303 rhythm with a destructive screaming Hawaii guitar. Kita begins with a strange, fat sound of his effect trumpet. The Hawaii guitar changes to rhythm structures. A hard rock piece is developed with Kita's fat, driving, unbelievable trumpet solo. After a hot session the rhythm breaks, trumpet and Hawaii guitar fade away. End of the concert.