Things Heard Unheard

Brian Willson

Brian Willson, percussion; Dominic Duval, bass; Yuko Fujiyama, piano and percussion

THINGS HEARD UNHEARD is the first recording by Brian Willson as a leader. This recording is a combination of completely free improvisation-no guidelines whatsoever other than listening-and composed pieces, nothing written, but discussion of the nature of the work to be performed. Influenced by free jazz of the 60's, world music, and contemporary, Willson fuses these elements into a diverse amalgam of improvised music-some pieces are classic free piano, bass and drums, evidence of the strong Cecil Taylor influence abounds, others are evocative of Eastern culture utilizing sounds and instruments particular to Tibet, Japan and China, evoking images of Buddhist ritual. Brian had played with Yuko and Dom individually and they enjoyed a long friendship collectively, but this was the first musical meeting of this trio of gifted musicians. The recording is a culmination of years of performing for Brian Willson.

Yuko Fujiyama is a native of Sapporo, Japan, where she studied and majored in classical music. In the mid-80's, upon being moved by the music of pianist Cecil Taylor, she moved to the United States. In the early 90s, Yuko began performing her original improvisational music, first in New York City, and then worldwide. In addition to performing with a diverse range of musicians, including Ikue Mori, William Parker, and the late Wilber Morris, she leads her own quartet, two trios, and performs in duet with violinist Mark Feldman. "Re-Entry" and "Song Cycle" are her latest available recordings, on the CIMP and Boxholder labels, respectively.

Dominic Duval is one of the finest and most prolific bassists on the contemporary scene, having played and recorded with some of the greatest names in jazz and new music. Duval's continuing tenure with pianist Cecil Taylor's trio has cemented his reputation as one of contemporary music's more important figures. Duval is comfortable and can be seen performing in any number of genres, including modern classical, jazz or music which defies classification .The bassist has performed and recorded with such notables as saxophonists Joe McPhee, Ivo Perelman, Glen Spearman, and Mark Whitecage, composer Pauline Oliveros, trombonist Steve Swell, pianists Joseph Scianni and Michael Stevens, trumpeter Herb Robertson, and drummers Paul Lytton and David S. Ware, among others. Duval leads and co-leads a number of ensembles himself, including the critically-acclaimed C.T. String Quartet, Trio X, "The Wedding Band", and the Dominic Duval String Ensemble. Duval's solo bass CD, Night Bird Inventions, was a Top 10 pick in the Coda Magazine critics poll, and his String Ensemble CD, State of the Art, was chosen one of the year's best in the Jazziz Magazine poll. Mr. Duval can be seen on tour through out the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia.

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