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oto nova Japan 音の波 : Mari* with Tashi Wada

First broadcast date: 7 January 2019

Mari* is Worldwide FM’s senior producer and Gilles Peterson’s longtime radio collaborator, and every month presents two hours introducing a new wave of artists and music coming out of Japan with her Oto Nova show.

In this episode Mari* is joined by Tashi Wada, Los Angeles-based composer and performer whose works explore harmonic overtones, resonance, and dissonance through precise tuning and gradual change in pitch. His latest album Nue by Tashi Wada with Yoshi Wada and Friends has inspired Mari* in 2018. Tashi and Mari listen through the album with in depth conversation.
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Tashi Wada

Los Angeles-based composer and performer whose works explore harmonic overtones, resonance, and dissonance through precise tuning and gradual change in pitch. Grounded in a belief that “music should be as direct as possible,” his compositions use apparently simple structures to generate rich and unanticipated perceptual effects. Working in relation to American experimental music, microtonal music, and so-called drone music, Wada’s practice is also informed by interdisciplinary performance and Fluxus-affiliated artists.

He studied composition at CalArts with James Tenney, and has presented his work throughout the United States and Europe often in collaboration with other artists including Charles Curtis, Julia Holter, Stephan Mathieu, Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, and his father, composer Yoshi Wada. Wada’s music has been released by Yik Yak, De Stijl Records, and via his own imprint Saltern, which he runs from Los Angeles.

Tracklist

Kan Sano – DT pt.2 [Origami]
Takeo Moriyama – Kaze [BBE]
Mark de Clive-Lowe – The offering [ROPEADOPE]
Youji Toriyama – Stranger In The Mirror [Time Capsule]
Akiko Yano – Ashkenazi Who? [wewantsounds]
Jun Fukamachi – Morning Glow [WRWTFWW]
Mari Sekine – Beginning [Em Records]
Sauce 81 & Shing02 – WARP SPEED [Exploratorium]
Me And The Gang – Okayn [Self-release]
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Words & Music with Tashi Wada //
Tashi Wada with Yoshi Wada and Friends – Ground [RVNG Intl.]
Tashi Wada with Yoshi Wada and Friends -Bottom of The Sky [RVNG Intl.]
Kazuya Nagaya – Microscope of Heraclitus [Indigo Raw]
Tashi Wada with Yoshi Wada and Friends – FanFare [RVNG Intl.]
Julia Holter – Whether [Domino]
David Bowie – Some Are [EMI]
Alice Coltrane – Oh Allah [impulse!]

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Takao – Ama Nita [Em Records]
ODEO – Fake It [Hot Buttered Records]

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