Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004
Flying Rhythms, in keeping with the current taste in progressive minimalism, is a band stripped down to the core. You've got drums, percussion and . . . well, that's pretty much it, except for Dry & Heavy/Little Tempo member Naoyuki Uchida dubbing things out on the mixing desk. As evidenced in tracks like "African vs. Punk" and "Trance Space" on their eponymous debut album, Flying Rhythms like to take the well-known rhythmic grooves of dub and funk and run them through a blender of effects.
Drummer Yoshio Kuge lays down a fat, John Bonham-esque thunk, over which Senegalese djembe player Latyr Sy (session player for Original Love and many others) lays down more fluid lines of hand percussion, all of which gets stretched, delayed, pitch-shifted, ping-ponged and washed out by Uchida on the mixer.
Joining them for their "Endless Inner Summer" gig will be the members of cult electronica band Blast Head. Tetsu will be doing a live "collage mix" of various sonic sources behind the band's improvs, while the hardworking Hikaru will spin a more traditional DJ set, albeit a very freestyle one, encompassing everything from old-school dub to postrock and groovier electronica. Look for this to be an experimental show, but definitely one you can dance to.
"Endless Inner Summer": Sept. 26 at Asahi Art Square, Asahi Bldg., Asakusa. Doors open at 5 p.m.; concert to end at 10 p.m. Tickets are 3,300 yen at the door. For more information, see www.grassrootstribe.com or call (03) 3353-6686.