Baskaru is proud to present this gorgeous collaboration among three masters of sound experimentation, all three great artists whose soundworlds turn out to be incredibly complementary. Tomoyoshi Date’s toy piano and field recordings bring a lightness that has very seldom been witnessed in the projects of Toshimaru Nakamura, whose specialty is the no-input mixing board. As for Ken Ikeda, he uses antiquated equipment (like the DX7 synthesizer) to create unheard-of sonics that bridge the gap between one’s naive approach and the raw minimalism of the other’s feedback work.
“The album title comes from our recording situation,” explains Date. “I live at 6th floor of Japanese building, and it has a happy balcony. When we play music, we always talk and drink there. It's very important for our music. We love drinking wine, sake and so on.”
Toshimaru Nakamura is one of the major figures of the Japanese experimental music movement “onkyo.” As a renowned improviser, he has worked with the biggest names in experimental music and has a very long discography. Ken Ikeda is a sound designer and sound installation artist, with releases on the Touch and Spekk labels. Tomoyoshi Date plays in Opitope (with Chihei Hatakeyama), Illuha (with Corey Fuller) and Melodia (with Federico Durand). He uses acoustic instruments and electronic treatments to paint shimmering landscapes tinged with nostalgia.
Green Heights is being released on CD by the French independent label Baskaru. Baskaru publishes only a few carefully-selected releases each year. Its previous productions (including albums by Emmanuel Allard, Maurizio Bianchi, Mathias Delplanque, Gintas K, Francisco López, Yoshio Machida, Stephan Mathieu, Parallel 41, and Ethan Rose) have already established high artistic and visual standards.