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Friday, March 19, 2004


CD offering by daring pop pianist

A record label established last year is giving away copies of a newly released CD of avant-garde piano to three readers of The Japan Times.

"Transition," issued by Geisha Farm (MSM 60107), is an offering from classically trained pianist Tomoko Yazawa that covers a wide range of sounds, from futuristic to nostalgic and from spicy fast beats to balladlike melodies.

The CD starts with "Far Away From Here," by Hirokazu Hiraishi, a mini- malist tune of electronica punctuated by computer-created rhythms in which Yazawa displays her razorlike sharpness, agility and precision, honed at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo and the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.

In "Gyration," by Masahiro Sugaya, Yazawa weaves through a fog of noise, turning out minimalist phrases as she goes. On "Fire," Yazawa puts her rhythmic talents to use, programming intricate, layered patterns that serve as a stage for her playing.

The CD case itself is a work of art. The cover consists of two transparent colors, which interact with the four colors on the booklet cover so that four different design and color combinations can be viewed, depending on which way the booklet is inserted.

Readers interested in receiving the CD should send a postcard to Geisha Farm, 4-22-4 Fukazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-0081 or send an e-mail to: mail@geishafarm.com

The sender must include their name, address, age, occupation and e-mail address and the title of the CD, "Transition." The deadline is March 31. The names of the winners will be posted at www.geishafarm.com on April 10.

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