Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek
Since their 2010 debut Bird, Lake, Objects, Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek have played improvised concerts all over the world.
Keen to explore beyond conventional vibraphone styles and techniques, Fujita adapts his instrument using a variety of objects to expand the vibraphone’s spectrum without abandoning the instrument’s unique personality.
Jelinek meanwhile constructs collages using tiny sound fragments from a wide variety of recording devices: tape recorders, digital samplers, media players and the like. The recordings are processed into repetitive loops that boil the source material down to its essence.
2016’s Schaum (meaning “foam” in German) continues the musical dialogue between the two composers, blending industrial bleeps with natural sounds of insects and birds to create hazy and, in Jelinek’s words, ”tropical” atmospheres.