Tetuzi Akiyama

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Krentz Ratings:
Relator (2001), 5.5/10
Resophonie (2002), 5.5/10
Don't Forget to Boogie (2002), 5.5/10
Terrifying Street Trees (2003), 5.5/10
Proletarian Drift (2003), 5/10
Futuro (2003), 6/10
Route 13 to the Gates of Hell (2004), 5/10
Striking Another Match (2005), 5/10
Pre-Existence (2005), 5/10
Varianter Av Dode Trr (2007), 5/10
Selektiv Hogst (2008), 5/10
Ancient Balance to Control Death (2008), 5/10
Transition (2009), 5/10
Proletarian Drift (2012), 4/10
The Darkened Mirror (2013), 5/10
10tet (2013), 5/10
Naranja Songs (2014), 6/10
Tomorrow Outside Tomorrow (2014), 6/10
Between Two (2015), 5/10

Guitarist and viola player Tetuzi Akiyama, a founder of the Hikyo String Quintet in 1994, embodied the avant-jazz version of John Fahey's improvised solo acoustic guitar tradition on Relator (february 2001) and Pre-Existence (2005). The "onkyo" aesthetic was prevalent on Resophonie (august 2002) for "prepared resonator guitar" and Terrifying Street Trees (june 2003) for tape-delayed guitar.

Don't Forget to Boogie (july 2002) instead documented his "boogie" theory: minimalistic repetition a` la Steve Reich of blues riffs.

Route 13 to the Gates of Hell (may 2004) and Striking Another Match (april 2005) were live albums.

Among his numerous collaborations, Proletarian Drift (april 2003) was a live improvisation between Dutch lute player Jozef van Wissem and Akiyama on a nylon-string resonator guitar tuned to the same tuning as the lute.

Akiyama sang on the EP The Ancient Balance To Control Death (Western Vinyl, 2008).

Varianter Av Døde Trær (december 2007 - SOFA, 2008) and Selektiv Hogst (december 2008) debuted the ensemble Koboku Senjû.

Tetuzi Akiyama (on acoustic guitar) and composer and pianist Takuji Kawai improvised Transition (september 2009).

Tetuzi Akiyama (nylon string resonator guitar) and Jozef Van Wissem (ten course renaissance lute) created Proletarian Drift (april 2012).

The guitar trio of Tetuzi Akiyama, Tom Carter and Christian Kiefer, assisted by with rhythm section of Chip Conrad (percussion) and Scott Leftridge (bass), debuted with The Darkened Mirror (2013).

Tetuzi Akiyama's and Anla Courtis' Naranja Songs (september 2008) includes the 14-minute Mind Mochileros.

The trio of Tetuzi Akiyama (guitar), Tim Barnes (percussion) and Masafumi Ezaki (trumpet) recorded the 35-minute piece of Futuro (winter 2003). The trio of Tetuzi Akiyama (guitar), Jason Kahn (drums) and Toshimaru Nakamura (no-input mixing board) is documented by the live Between Two (may 2014).

Tomorrow Outside Tomorrow (november 2014 - Mego, 2016) reunited the guitar trio with Tetuzi Akiyama and Oren Ambarchi, along with Rob Mazurek (cornet) and contains the 21-minute Blues Deceiver and the 19-minute Tomorrow Outside Tomorrow.

10Tet (october 2013) featured Tetuzi Akiyama (acoustic guitar), veteran Radu Malfatti and Toshihiro Koike (trombone), Masahiko Okura (tube), Klaus Filip (electronics), Nikos Veliotis (cello), Taku Unami (bass), Taku Sugimoto (electric guitar), Kazushige Kinoshita (violin) and Moe Kamura (vocals).

Sound Of The Mountain (october 2017) debuted a new project by Akiyama with Toshimaru Nakamura on electronics, Elizabeth Millar (clarinet) and Craig Pedersen (trumpet).

Interpersonal Subjectivities (july 2017) features Nicolas Field (drums) and Gegor Vidic (tenor sax).

Suketchi (october 2017) documents the acoustic guitar duo of Tetuzi Akiyama and Herve Boghossian.

Evaporation Of Holy Water (april 2019) contains electric guitar duets with musician Suzuki Junzo.

Allelopaty (october 2021) contains a 55-minute improvisation with Ayami Suzuki (voice and electronics). Metaphor Of Metamorphosis (june 2021) contains a 51-minute improvisation with Leo Okagawa on electronics. Manifestation Of Perceptual Variables Latent In The Environment (march 2021) documents a live performance with Kiyomitsu Odai (computer) and Ayako Kataoka (turntables and electronics). Akiyama played acoustic guitar on the live Memory Is A Poet Spinning Stories (june 2021), flanked by Masahide Tokunaga (alto sax) and Masatake Abe (electric bass).

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