The music of Lars Graugaard and Keisuke Matsuno is an unusual meeting of unalike backgrounds that delightedly converge into a rich and coherent musical vision. Keisuke's electrifying sonic textures and effortless soaring lines are juxtaposed by Lars' intense and intricate rhythms and timbral contrasts that assimilate, expand and endlessly develop, adapt, alter, modify and transform. The guitar is buried deep in the electronic mesh of realtime alterations and processing yet always standing free in an open place, right in the middle of the ongoings.
At times with the hardest punch and at others with the gentlest touch, the music is in a constant state of search-and-encounter, of pursuing all possibilities and leaving no stone untouched. The contrast between the tracks evidence the large palette of these musical soul-mates and a track always establish, develop and consume the musical propositions to its fullest. Nurtured by techno, industrial, rave avant-garde and various jazz forms in a display of sophisticated production skills that is integrated into the performance strategy, this release is firmly situated in a warm and very forward place where musics concur and any music may emerge.
Denmark’s Lars Graugaard is a prolific and chameleon-like pioneer who moves with ease between classical contemporary and improvised, electronic and acoustic, club and concert hall. His background lies in a mix of musical styles and this, together with extensive programming skills has allowed him to develop a unique and innovative take on electronic music in performance and production.
Berlin-native Keisuke Matsuno is a Brooklyn-based creative musician who is developing his personal style of music expression. His ability to expand the sonic possibilities of the guitar and his sophisticated technique combined with his background of Western and Eastern music traditions and aesthetics makes him an innovative contemporary improviser and composer in the avant-garde and beyond.
released April 22, 2016
Composition: Lars Graugaard & Keisuke Matsuno
Instrumentation: Interactive computer and electric guitar
Recording: Lars Graugaard and Keisuke Matsuno, October 27, 2015 at James L. Dolan Recording Studio, NYU Steinhardt, New York, USA
Technical assistant: Matthias Veit Anton
Mix and mastering: Lars Graugaard, James L. Dolan Recording Studio, NYU Steinhardt, New York, USA
Artwork: Vladyslav Kamenskyy