CAT. #: ALP038
Music by Hans Fjellestad
Performed by Hans Fjellestad
Engineered by Tetsumasa Kondo
Mixed & Mastered at Zu Casa Labs
Photography by Junko Kodera
Art & Design by Gerardo Yépiz / Acamonchi
Executive Producer: Marcos Fernandes
In Autumn 2003, maverick musician/filmmaker Hans Fjellestad strapped a synth
and powerbook on his back and hit clubs in Yokohama, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka,
Kobe and Nagoya. Fjellestad has always been drawn to Japan, and this tour
(his second) did not disappoint. He performed with local improvisers like
Takayuki Kato, Saga Yuki, Tetsu Saitoh, Takashi Kojima, Taku Han-Noda,
Masayuki Akamatsu and others. He went into the studio with Kyoto-based
laptop artist, Baiyon, to record their duo project JUSCO PUNK (2003/Brain
Escape Sandwich). He ate delicious, wiggly things. Fjellestad even took time
out of his touring schedule to shoot a scene with Bob Moog in the Harajuku
district of Tokyo for his film MOOG (2004/Plexifilm). He visited temples in
Kyoto on his day off.
KOBE LIVE HOUSE was recorded live on October 17 at Big Apple, a jazz club in
Chuo-ku, Kobe, Japan. This concert was part of Big Apple's 14th Anniversary
Special Concert Series. Both sets are unedited and appear as they did the
night of the show in Kobe. Fjellestad performed with a grand piano, Nord
Lead 3 synth and a custom software instrument designed by Damon Holzborn.
Fjellestad describes his rig, "My setup allowed me to be as mobile as
possible. I could switch between synth, piano, microphone and powerbook or
blend any combination with relative ease, which is really essential for an
improviser. So I could literally go on stage with nothing pre-planned and
still be confident that when the ideas came, I'd be able to access the right
sounds immediately and keep up the momentum."
KOBE LIVE HOUSE is Fjellestad's third solo release (and first live solo cd) on
Accretions Records. This album completes a ternary cycle of music experimentation
that began with RED SAUCE BABY (2000/Accretions), followed by 33 (2003/Accretions).
According to the artist, "KLH is sort of a new realization of the material I'd
been working with since 2000. In the Kobe sets, you can hear quotes, mash-ups and
new mixes of the ensemble compositions from RSB as well as riffs on the solo piano
work on 33. Now the cycle feels complete and I can move into some new areas."
"Fjellestad brings a spontaneity to the album's seven untitled pieces that is as risky as it is laudable. Sounds are stretched, spliced and assembled with a rationale that's born of an improvising spirit."
- Louise Gray, The Wire
"Kobe Live House, with its moments of utter romance, its breathtaking climaxes and wild stylistic collisions this is as entertaining as a blockbuster. However exemplary this record may be in terms of experimental history - above all, it's an inspiring piece of music."
- Tobias Fischer, tokafi
"The blend of organic and electronic and mildly experimental and wildly avant garde makes for a bracing listen. Fresh and truly the bearer of a jazz heart Kobe Live House is strongly urged as a listen for fans of intelligent music."
- Kristofer Upjohn, Raves
"It feels as if Fjellestad wrote a meta-composition to frame his earlier pieces. Kobe Live House is an impressive statement."
- Fran¨ois Couture, All-Music Guide
"Fjellestad gives a virtual master class in Powerbook, piano and synth manipulation. The session encapsulates the ethos of 'man and machine' perfectly."
- DJ Magazine
"KLH is a snapshot of a truly daring and sonically dangerous artiste."
"Adding fractured melody and obscure structure to dissonant, dislocated fragments of sound, the response is at first intellectual, but on a more subliminal level, Fjellestad seems to have uncovered a new way of hearing the world."
- Angus Batey, Mojo