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Koboku Senjû

Selektiv hogst

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Tetuzi Akiyama - guitar

Toshimaru Nakamura - no-input mixing board

Espen Reinertsen - saxophone & flute

Eivind Lønning - trumpet

Martin Taxt - tuba


01 Nedvekst (om å vokse nedover) (7:51)

02 Fanget under giftig bark (6:54)

03 På leting etter skygge (4:03)

04 Vintersøvn (7:50)

05 Dyr som blir spist av andre dyr (1:51)

06 Dypdrenering (8:26)

07 Alt starter med regn (8:24)

About Selektiv hogst

Selektiv hogst, meaning selection cutting, is a continuation of the music developed on the album Varianter av døde trær, released on SOFA in 2008. Since then, the quartet has performed numerous concerts in Japan and Europe, finding a particular way of making music together. «Selektiv hogst» sees the former quartet of Tetuzi Akiyama, Martin Taxt, Eivind Lønning and Espen Reinertsen joined by the no-input mixing board of Toshimaru Nakamura, who is adding yet another level of timbral ambiguity to the group, creating a rich ensemble sound.

Akiyama and Nakamura have both long been two of the leading improvisers from the Tokyo scene, and Lønning, Reinertsen and Taxt, are three young and active improvisers from Norway with an increasing reputation for their adventurous yet mature musicality.

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Liner notes

Before I start listening to Selektiv hogst, I visit my parents in the south of Norway. They have experienced heavy snowfall this winter, and even after a week of warm weather, the snow is still covering everything – the piles are just slowly shrinking. I don’t really understand until my mother shows me a picture of their house from the week before. On the picture, the snow reaches high above the windows on the ground floor. Now, it’s just knee high. It hasn’t been melting, my father says, it’s just become more compact.

Later, when I sit down to listen to this album, I can’t help thinking about the snow compressing, becoming warm and heavy, retracting into itself, like a slow, punctured balloon. I hear instruments breathing together at the beginning of “Nedvekst”, the sound of granular material. Sometimes, I feel safe inside the sound of snow, other times I swear I hear ice cracking.

The titles of Selektiv hogst are referring to textures of wood and fur, not snow. Its vocabulary comes from the world of growth and decay, peace and fear in the natural world. When I put the titles together, I think of a wandering animal in a forest both threatening and beautiful. And so after listening to the album, I wander through the streets of the small, southern town like the animal of Selektiv hogst – watching my step, aware of invisible dangers, perhaps the heavy, grainy breaths through a tuba on “Fanget under giftig bark”. Around me, blocks of ice fall from rooftops onto the street, breaking on the asphalt, leaving diamond trails.

Back home, the snow disappearing into sounds and colours. Water drips from ice taps everywhere. Houses and trees appear from their snowy shells. In a garden, I see a pile of rust-coloured, rotten apples. I am constantly reminded of the process of rot and decay – materials softening, warming up, melting and giving life. All of a sudden I am no longer inside snow when I listen to Selektiv hogst, but inside the wood of a tree trunk. I think to myself that the ensemble Koboku Senj? (Varianter av døde trær) has given sound to the textures of life and death: not just abstract, bodiless ideas, but tree rings.

- Jenny Hval, March 2010


The Wire

With a name meaning Selection of dead trees, no one's expecting this Norwegian/Japanese quintet to be making toe-tapping dance tunes. But the name does perfectly describe their stark and at times ominously beautiful debut album. -- read the whole review»

Daniel Spicer


Selektiv hogst rommer fri og interessant improvisasjon og maner frem en lydidentitet for vår tid. -- read the whole review»

Arild R Andersen

Sound of Music

Skivbolaget Sofa fyller 10 år och detta firas genom att ge oss lyssnare en present! Det här är en storslagen och riktigt välsmakande musik av den norsk-japanska kvintetten Koboku Senjû -- read the whole review»

Johan Redin

The Watchful Ear

A luscious, bright and rich disc then, another example of the blossoming relationship between these two Japanese musicians and Scandinavian collaborators that has brought a nice little flurry of enjoyable music of late. -- read the whole review»


newfound good vibes -- read the whole review»

Chicago Reader

Selektiv Hogst is easily the best free-improv recording I've heard in years. -- read the whole review»

Peter Margasak

Strong release -- read the whole review»

Brian Olewnick

Monsieur Délire

Another very fine production from the Sofa label - get it along with the recent CD by Mural (Kim Myhr, Jim Denley, Ingar Zach), two serious candidates to my 2010 year-end list. -- read the whole review»

François Couture