Massimo Magee, Toshimaru Nakamura, Yuma Takeshita

2019 / 03 / 23 (土)
OTOOTO - Higashi Kitazawa
Art, Experimental, Improvised, Noise
2000JPY (inc 1 drink)
Massimo Magee, Toshimaru Nakamura, Yuma Takeshita


Massimo Magee is a writer, artist and musician based in London. His work is wide-ranging, including fiction, text art, sound and image audiovisual digital art pieces, experimental music (improvised, composed and everything in between), free jazz, radically extended saxophony, electronics, data manipulation and much more. He has performed internationally and had recordings released in the USA, UK, France, Poland and Australia with musicians such as Eddie Prévost, Hankil Ryu, Sangtae Jin, Keith Rowe, David W Stockard, Tony Irving (Ascension), Christian Munthe, Lee Noyes, Matt Earle, Adam Sussmann, Elliott Dalgleish, Joshua Weitzel, Michael Pisaro, Jim Denley, Dale Gorfinkel, Barre Phillips and many more on labels such as Homophoni, Copy For Your Records, Kendra Steiner Editions, Ilse, Ideal State, Audiotong, Factor Vac and others. Ensembles have included Interrogation Quartet, the Irving/Magee Duo, Cyclone Trio, Apocalypse Jazz Unit, the Magee/Green/Fowler-Roy Trio and many ad hoc groups. His audiovisual Manifesto (New Unities) was published in 2017.


Toshimaru Nakamura's instrument is the no-input mixing board, which describes a way of using a standard mixing board as an electronic music instrument, producing sound without any external audio input. The use of the mixing board in this manner is not only innovative in the the sounds it can create but, more importantly, in the approach this method of working with the mixer demands. The unpredictability of the instrument requires an attitude of obedience and resignation to the system and the sounds it produces, bringing a high level of indeterminacy and surprise to the music. Nakamura pioneered this approach to the use of the mixing board in the mid-1990's and has since then appeared on over one hundred audio publications, including nine solo CD's.

He has performed throughout Europe, North America, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, Korea, China, Singapore and Malaysia, performing and recording both as a soloist and in collaboration with numerous other musicians.

As an active organizer of concerts in Tokyo, Nakamura has helped many musicians coming to Japan find places to perform, both with himself and with others. From 1998 to 2003 Nakamura and Tetuzi Akiyama ran the concert series Improvisation Series at Bar Aoyama and then later the Meeting at Off Site series of concerts. Both these concert series were crucially important in exposing a new manner to improvised music (referred to as Electro Acoustic Improvisation) to the Japanese public and to foreign musicians visiting Japan, making Tokyo one of the global hotspots for this new approach to music.


Yuma Takeshita - Born in Osaka in 1982,

Yuma Takeshita started playing experimental / improvised music around 2001. After moving to Tokyo in 2011 he began constructing his own instruments by modifying an electronic-bass guitar with different sound modules and machines.

・"the most impressive was Takeshita, who fluently improvised with his electronically extended instrument. Since the 1970’s, free improvisation has been one of the biggest challenges in the field of live electronic music and new instruments with a lineage of novel attempts such as Gordon Mumma’s Ambivex(*1) and Nic Collins’ Trombonepropelled Electronics(*2). It was obvious that what Takeshita played was more than a gadget, but an instrument that reflected actual playing experience in unpredictable situations and enabled him to achieve a distinct musical voice.“ -

・”he began building his own electronic bass, an instrument that slowly developed through his love of modified sounds and textures. It would go on to become a large component of his music and aid him in his endeavors to eschew traditional electronic creation.“ -


住所 (英語):
B1, 3-13-10 Kitazawa, Setagayaku
Higashi Kitazawa
住所 (日本語):
世田谷区北沢 3-13-10 エコロニー東北沢 B1F
Higashi-Kitazawa (3 min walk)