Kenji Sakai / Claude Ledoux / Jean-Pierre Deleuze / Julia Purgina
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1Jean-Pierre Deleuze – Espace Oniriques II 8:08
2Claude Ledoux – Empreintes voilées, dépliées 8:18
3Julia Purgina – Musique noire II 14:12
4Kenji Sakai – Reflecting Space I - Bell, Cloud and Disincarnations 10:50

This second project released on Sub Rosa by the Japanese artist Kaoru Tashiro, manages to create a subtle dialogue between four composers, and four musical pieces, mixing a delicate blend of Japanese and European sensibilities. Those different approaches convergence thanks to the highly recognisable sensibility of Kaoru Tashiro's way to play.

Kaoru produces serene, yet rich sound texture; the fluctuation of beat and the perspective of the motif are ingenious. I hope many more people will taste this joy of finding a grain of gold with your own eyes and ears, from her commercialism-unrelated, sincere and an experimental performance. (Miyuki Shiraishi - Asahi journal)

After 'drifting' through unpublished pieces from Toshi Ichiyanagi (Fluxus) and Claude Ledoux on the album Cloud Atlas, Kaoru Tashiro is now highlighting the works of :

Kenji Sakai dilates space through a virtuoso piece, Reflecting Space I - Bell, Cloud and Disincarnations, based on the idea of the metamorphosis of classical repertoires: it is Le Gibet from Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel and Gyorgy Ligeti's thoughts on 'micropolyphony' writing. The bell which continues to ring over time, turns into a cloud...

Claude Ledoux, already present on the first disc, is wandering through mysterious, disquieting landscapes, that gives pride of place to the hushed sounds coming from the piano strings, hammered and muffled by the imprint of the pianist's fingers.

Jean-Pierre Deleuze whom creates through this piano composition a dreamlike space that unfolds.

Julia Purgina, a young Austrian composer, whose piece that was composed in full confinement, turned out to be 'dark', as she attempted to create an atmosphere of an almost surreal expressivity between exaltation and pessimism. This work has been premiered in Vienna in 2021 and this is a first recording.

Kaoru Tashiro (pianist) was born in Tokyo. At the age of sixteen, she moved to Mexico City where she began performing solo recitals and making broadcasts while studying with Maria Teresa Rodriguez. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Mannes College of Music in New York where she studied under the tutelage of Leon Pommers. Later, she moved to Belgium where she studied with Yvegenia Braginsky, Mikhail Faerman and Eugene Moguilevsky at the Royal Brussels Conservatory where she graduated with Grande Distinction. In 1998, she undertook an advanced study of Prokofievs piano music at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow with Olga Zukova. "Innovation" is her vital approach to the creative performances. She explores dimensional experiences in performances, integrating sound, space and time.