It was an unusual phenomenon subjected to a concerted media blackout: during the spring of 2013, an enormously long (but not quite as wide) shadow stretched from east to west across the United States, and maritime experts talking forcibly off-the-record confirmed that the darkness extended across the entire Pacific Ocean as well. Web theories abound as to the source of the shadow and whether humans would soon face the wrath of a giant alien breadstick, but no… eventually the shadow could be seen receding. Five tendrils descended from the upper atmosphere, and it immediately came to our attention: we don’t have nearly enough manicurists for this. Clean your own nails, Many Arms!
The stretch, as it turns out, was all for the sake of retrieving Japanese improv musician Toshimaru Nakamura from his home country and bringing him back to Philly, where his famed no-input mixing board (output connected directly to input) would join the noisy punk-inspired trio for something resembling an abstract painting that comes alive and scratches chalkboards at you. A record of their collaboration at Rose Recital Hall will be released May 15, but I imagine the video below, which took place at an alternate venue, will suffice for an impression:
Nakumura isn’t a stranger to international collaborations. Let’s hope Johnny Deblase, Nick Millevoi, and Ricardo Lagomasino see reason to keep it up.
Many Arms & Toshimaru Nakamura tracklisting: