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Mime Sketch

by kita kouhei - 北 航平

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about

Kyoto-based sound artist / percussionist / Array Mbira player Kita Kouhei's 5th solo album "Mime Sketch" will be released for the first time in 3 years!

Rhythm sense and unique expressiveness of exceptional talent. It is a precise and free ambient art that made full use of the rare instrument Array Mbira, the artistic and unique rhythm sense drawn like an abstract painting is a must-listen!

Do you know an instrument called Array Mbira?
It was made to order by a craftsman in San Diego, USA, and there are still only a few in Japan. As for the mechanism, it seems to be close to the oversized version of the musical instrument "Kalimba" called Mbira in Africa.
Kita Kouhei's 5th solo album "Mime Sketch" has been released. He is one of the few ArrayMbira players who entertain the fresh tone of ArrayMbira in various ways and is a sound artist and percussionist in Kyoto, Japan.

The soundscape born from the quiet introspection, if you think it had fallen into the darkness of the heart, floats up to the sky. It was supposed to be very personal, and eventually, it goes beyond the distinction between "oneself" and "someone else" and continues to connect and spread freely. All of the carefully selected sounds centered around ArrayMbira become delicate fine particles that permeate and smooth out the wrinkles of the shrunken heart.

In addition, Mamiko Hirai, a pianist and musician who has worked on a lot of music for movies, CM / TV programs, etc. and has outstanding playing ability to bring music to life, participated in this work as a guest. A pure, unrestrained, sometimes quiet, butoh-like performance that explodes with passion, adding color to this work along with the singing of the three birds that live with her.

And, like all the solo works so far, the mastering will welcome world-famous ambient drone artist Chihei Hatakeyama. The chorus and the title of all songs will be devised by Takayama Naoko (coconoe). Kita Kouhei creates the artwork design that evokes the sound image more deeply.

Kita Kouhei Profile:
Born in 1976, a musician, percussionist, and Array Mbira player living in Kyoto. An artist who creates a unique sound landscape that fuses live musical instruments and electronic music by making full use of the piano that he has been familiar with since childhood, the aesthetic sensibility of paintings that he has always spent with, and the skills of professional percussionists. He also works on commercials, documentary programs, avant-garde stage performances and music for art events.

■ 『Mime Sketch - マイムスケッチ』 アルバム紹介
京都のサウンドアーティスト / 打楽器奏者 / アレイムビラ奏者である北 航平の5thソロアルバム『Mime Sketch(マイムスケッチ)』が3年ぶりに待望のリリース!
類い稀な才能のリズムセンスと個性的な表現力。レア楽器アレイムビラを駆使した緻密で自由なアンビエントアート、抽象画のように描かれるアーティスティックで個性的なリズムセンスは必聴!

アレイムビラという楽器をご存知だろうか。
アメリカ・サンディエゴの一人の職人の手からオーダーメイドで作り出され、日本にはまだ数台しかない。仕組みとしては、アフリカでムビラと呼ばれる楽器「カリンバ」の特大バージョンと言うのが近そうだ。

その瑞々しいArrayMbiraの音色を様々な形で楽しませてくれる、数少ないArrayMbira奏者でもあり、日本・京都のサウンドアーティスト・打楽器奏者である北 航平の5thソロアルバム『Mime Sketch』がリリースされた。

静かな内省から生まれたサウンドスケープは、心の闇に降りていったかと思えば、ふわりと遥か上空まで浮かび上がる。ごく個人的なはずのそれはいつしか「自分」と「誰か」の区別さえ超えて、自由自在に繋がり広がり続ける。レア楽器アレイムビラを中心に厳選された音の全ては、繊細な微粒子となり、浸透し、縮こまった心の皴を伸ばしてゆく。

また本作は、映画やCM・TV番組等の音楽を多数手掛け、音楽に命を吹き込む卓越した演奏力を持つピアニスト・音楽家の平井真美子氏がゲストで2曲参加。清らかな奔放、時に静かな情熱を爆発させる舞踏家のような演奏で、彼女と暮らす3羽の鳥たちの囀りと共に本作に彩りを与えている。

そして、これまでの全てのソロ作品と同様に、マスタリングには世界的アンビエントアーティストChihei Hatakeyama氏を迎え、コーラスと全曲のタイトル考案にはcoconoeの高山奈帆子が引き続き参加し、ジャケットはサウンドイメージをより深く想起させるアートワークを北航平自ら手掛ける。

■ 北航平 プロフィール
1976年生まれ、京都市在住の音楽家、打楽器奏者、アレイムビラ奏者。幼少の頃より親しんだピアノ、常に一緒に過ごしてきた絵画の美的感性、プロの現場で培った打楽器の技術を駆使し、生楽器と電子音楽が融合した唯一無二の音風景を創造するアーティスト。CMやドキュメンタリー番組、前衛系舞台やアートイベントの音楽なども多数手掛け、第51回ギャラクシー賞CM部門選奨受賞。

credits

released September 10, 2021

all songs written, composed, performed, mixed and produced by kita kouhei 
recorded at studio guzli, kyoto, japan 2019-2021

except : chorus, voice (track 2, 3) and all songs titled by takayama naoko a.k.a. carneiro
voice and purring sound (track 3, 5) by cello the cat
electric bass (track 3) by shingo mimura
chorus (track 3) by saori tsutsumi
chorus (track 3) and photo by tano shirou a.k.a. najuta
child laughter (track 3) by yamada kai

piano, prepared piano (track 6, 7) by mamiko hirai
voice (track 6, 7) by matinée, journée, soirée

mastered by chihei hatakeyama
artwork drawn by kita yukie
artwork designed by kita kouhei
artwork supported by matsuoka akiko

released by neuf

Official Website : kita-kouhei.net
Instagram : www.instagram.com/kita_kouhei/
Youtube : www.youtube.com/user/kouheikita
Twitter : twitter.com/kouheikita
Facebook : www.facebook.com/kouhei.kita

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neuf is a Kyoto and Kobe,Japan based ambient/electronica/pop/post-classical music label established as an individual label of "coconoe" and members' other projects.

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