kyoto no tsuki & dyin' shadows

by michel henritzi

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Utamaro’s Blues
French improviser Michel Henritzi continues his forays into oriental-tinged string music on Kyoto No Tsuki & Dyin’ Shadows (DYIN’ GHOST 03), a record informed as much by the soul of early blues musicians as it is by the player’s understanding of contemporary (especially Japanese) improvised music. Playing mostly electric or acoustic guitars, or the banjo on ‘Shibari Blues’, Henritzi adds a plangent echo to his finished sound which makes each tune appear that much more melancholy and lost. Some of the tunes have been derived from the songs of Japanese Enka singers, such as Keiko Fuji, Hako Yamazaki and Sono Mari, and I wouldn’t be surprised, given Henritzi’s depth and intelligence, that he has made some inroads into studying the rich history of this form of ballad pop music. A sad but beautiful album released in an elaborate die-cut hand-made cover.
Ed Pinsent, SOUND PROJECTOR

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released March 1, 2013

recorded at home 2010-2011

michel henritzi - electric & acoustic guitars, banjo on 8, voice on 17
shinichi isohata - acoustic guitar on 13
kumiko karino - voice on 6

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michel henritzi Metz, France

guitars, lapsteel & amp. from noise to abstract blues. member of noise unit dust breeders, mile of string & o death jug. regular partner to junko (hijokaïdan), rinji fukuoka (majustsu no niwa) & kumiko karino. played with tetuzi akiyama, aqui avec gabriel, shinichi isohata, masayoshi urabe, chie mukai, jojo hiroshige, ito atsuhiro, mattin, nihilist spasm band ... ... more

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