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Non e Muta. 20th Anniversary Anthology (2 CDs)

CICALA MVTA

Non e Muta. 20th Anniversary Anthology (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD6752


Price: 23.99


2 CD set to celebrate 20 years since the extraordinary Cicala Mvta released their first album. The name 'Cicala Mvta' (pronounced Shikala Moota, Italian for a mute cicada) is a tribute to Soeda Azembo, the greatest street singer and songwriter of popular music in Japan, who was reduced to silence by the authorities after the 1920s. Led by clarinetist Wataru Ohkuma, one of the most innovative musicians in Japan today, Cicala Mvta are heirs to Soeda Azembo and have taken over the fight against the Japanese establishment. They develop music drawn from from chindon (street advertising music, the commercial medium before the advent of TV) and it's predecessor, Jinta (original Japanese brass band music, a form for anti-establishment expression). A mixture of old and new, east and west their music borrows openly from Klezmer, Turkish, Nepalese and Balkan music, progressive rock, punk, free jazz and folk to create it's own world. The band members over the years have included several of Japan's most innovative including Hiromichi Sakamoto (cello, Shibusashirazu, Pascals, Otomo Yoshihide), Yoshiki Sakurai (guitar, Lonesome Strings), Masahiro Uemura (drums, Otomo Yoshihide), Tatsuda Yoshida (drums, Ruins) Takero Sekijima (tuba, Kuricorder Quartet), Gideon Juckes (tuba, Bellowhead, Shibusashirazu).

Press on Cicala Mvta

"This is music from out there, as if trying to be - simultaneously - a Nepalese wedding band, a Japanese chindon combo (think of John Coltrane as town crier) and a kabuki orchestra. It defies categorization." Time Out, London

"An outrageous punk-meets-brass-band rave-up that even Romanian gypsies would be left scratching their heads at. Highly recommended" Mojo, UK

Click on Listen to watch Cicala Mvta perform Stara Planina

CD1.

From Cicala Mvta (1998)

1. Punku-Mancha’s Dance (4:48)

2. Michikusa no Tameni (Musashino 7/8)(6:27)

3. Oku ni Tsu-jiru Tobira (4:10)

4. Shi Cho-me(3:54)

Ohkuma Wataru: :clarinet,bass clarinet,xylophone,vibraphone

Sakurai Yoshiki:guitar

Sakamoto Hiromichi:cello

Sekijima Takero:tuba,recorder

Uemura Masahiro:drums

(guest) Ohta Keisuke:violin

From Deko Boko (2001)

5. Kyu-na Saka (4:29)

6. A Weekend of a Clown (6:50)

7. The Bule Flower Kopanitza (4:07)

8. Sukini Natte Gomen-nasai (5:56)

9. Don Chorecha Variation (5:24)

Ohkuma Wataru : clarinet,bass clarinet,xylophone,vibraphone

Ohta Keisuke:violin

Sakurai Yoshiki:guitar

Sakamoto Hiromichi:cello

Sekijima Takero:tuba,recorder

Kamimura Shoukou:drums

(guest) Kawaguchi Yoshiyuki:sax

From Buta no Mukui soundtrack (RES-33)

10. Fanfare - Umai Hanashi (4:28)

Ohkuma Wataru:clarinet,alto sax,accordion

Ohta Keisuke:violin

Sakurai Yoshiki:guitar,spring reverb

Sakamoto Hiromichi:cello

Sekijima Takero:trumpet,trombone,tuba

Matsunaga Takayoshi:bass

Uemura Masahiro:drums

CD2

From Ghost Circus (2004)

1. Pillow Walk (5:17)

2. Stara Planina (5:39)

3. The Sleepwalker’s Escape (5:37)

Ohkuma Wataru:clarinet,bass clarinet,xylophone,vibraphone

Kawaguchi Yoshiyuki:sax

Watanabe Akiko:trombone

Ohta Keisuke:violin

Sakurai Yoshiki:guitar

Sakamoto Hiromichi:cello

Sekijima Takero:tuba,recorder

YoshidaTatsuya:drums

from Namazemi Live! (2006)

4. Chichu San-myaku (7:36)

5. Presente! (6:09)

6. Turkish Dance (6:34)

Ohkuma Wataru:clarinet,bass clarinet,xylophone,vibraphone

Kawaguchi Yoshiyuki:sax

Ohta Keisuke:violin

Sato Yoshiaki:accordion

Sakurai Yoshiki:guitar

Sekijima Takero:tuba,recorder

YoshidaTatsuya:drums

Kogure Miwazow:chin-dong,grosse caisse

from Hadaka no Hoshi (2010)

7. Yamanami (7:58)

8. Chigire-gumo no Ballad (14:23)

Ohkuma Wataru:clarinet,bass clarinet,xylophone,vibraphone

Kita Yoichiro:trumpet

Kawaguchi Yoshiyuki:sax

Watanabe Akiko:trombone

Ohta Keisuke:violin

Sakurai Yoshiki:guitar

Sekijima Takero:tuba,recorder

Gideon Juckes:tuba

YoshidaTatsuya:drums

Kogure Miwazow:chin-dong,grosse caisse



Cicala Mvta 20th Anniversary Live at Taku Taku

CICALA MVTA

Cicala Mvta 20th Anniversary Live at Taku Taku

Ref: FSD6696


Price: 17.99

Cicala Mvta Double Quartet featuring some of Japan's best new jazz/improv musicians, Wataru Ohkuma (clarinet) Yoichiro Kita (trumpet) Yoshiki Sakurai (guitar) Yoshiaki Sato (accordion) Takero Sekizima (tuba, recorder) Gideon Juckes (tuba) Tatsuya Yoshida (drums, vocals) Miwazow Kogure (ching-dong, percussion). Live album recorded at Nagoya Tokuzo and Kyoto Taku Taku in April 2014. Includes some of their best known tunes and some new ones too.

1. Afro-shiraz 2. Chi-chu San-myaku 3. Karigari 4. Staple Slope 5. Stara Planina 6. Hi No Naka No Hi 7. Blue Flower Kopanitza 8. The Right To Live In Peace 9. The Weekend Of A Clown 10. Omede Takutaku




Dies Irae - Ikari no Hi

JINTA-LA-MVTA

Dies Irae - Ikari no Hi

Ref: FSD6734


Price: 20.99

First full album from the brilliant, scaled down version of Cicala Mvta. Quite frankly though, this record doesn't sound too scaled down and there are eight musicians involved. Some tracks have been recorded by Cicala Mvta before (Weeked of a Clown, Right to Live in Peace) but are arranged quite differently. Wonderful stuff. Wataru Ohkuma (clarinet, bass clarinet, accordion, glockenspiel, other percussion, chorus) Yasuko Kaneko (trombone) Natsuki Hattori (guitar) Marie Abe (accordion) Naoki Hishinuma (tuba) Kogure Miwazo (ching-dong, chorus) Fuchin (drums) Hiroshi Kawamura (guitar) Masataka Fujikake (drums)

1. Dies Irae 2. Tivoli March (Lars Hollmer) 3. Cirque de Cent Ans 4. A Weeked of a Clown 5. Artigiana 6. Imi Atu Ba Ne Be 7. The Right to Live in Peace (Victor Jara) 8. Lively and Happily (Abe Schwartz) 9. Warszawianka Part 1 10. Warszawianka Part 2



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Heiwa Ni Ikiru Kenri (CD single)

JINTA-LA-MVTA WITH LIKKLE MAI

Heiwa Ni Ikiru Kenri (CD single)

Ref: FSD6212


Price: 9.99

Jinta-La-Mvta, (the smaller version of Cicala Mvta) perform Heiwa ni Ikiru Kenri - The Right to Live in Peace, wiritten by Victor Jara, with Japanese lyrics by Takashi Nakagawa of Soul Flower Union (who performed the song on their album Electro-Asyl Bop) together with Likkle Mai, ex-singer of dub band Dry & Heavy. Infectious.

1. Jinta-La-Mvta with Likkle Mai version 2. Jinta-La-Mvta version



Hakada no Hoshi

CICALA MVTA

Hakada no Hoshi

Ref: FSD5277


Price: 22.99

First album for three years from the punk jazz chindon band. Brilliant musicianship, that now includes Gideon Juckes (Bellowhead) on tuba, with band leader and clarinet player Ohkuma also playing glokenspiel.

1. Fire In The Fire 2. Labyrinth City 3. Artigiana 4. Silhouette Of The Mountains 5. Ballad Of Scattered Clouds 6. Scarab March



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Namazemi

CICALA MVTA

Namazemi

Ref: FSD3171


Price: 24.99

Cicala Mvta have gained a considerable reputation around the world for their dynamic live performances. Their music takes in makes influences, punk, avant-garde jazz, progressive rock and Japanese chindon (street performance) music. Indefinable, insatiable. This live album, recorded during their Spring tour 2006 shows why. Led by clarinetist Wataru Ohkuma, plus some of Japan's most inovative musicians including Yoshiyuki Kawaguchi (sax) Yoshiki Sakurai (guitar) Tatsuya Yoshida of Ruins (drums) and Miwazo on chindon and gorus drums.



Ghost Circus

CICALAMVTA

Ghost Circus

Ref: FSD2358


Price: 25.99

Third album from Cicala Mvta is up to their usual high standard of creative, unclassifiable, amalgamation of individual spirits, who collectively are an exploding melting pot of sound. With circus and street band music at the core, their instrumental music on clarinet, sax, violin, electric guitar, tuba, cello and drums is constantly shifting in mood, surprising and as always with Cicala Mvta, compellingly briliant. Read the liner notes in English here.



Deko Boko

CICALA MVTA

Deko Boko

Ref: RES55a


Price: 25.99

Released worldwide in 2002 by Tropical Music.Cicala Mvta (pronounced shikala moota) are one of Japan's most exciting and original groups. Like other innovative musicians, their music is hard to define; "punk chindon jazz", "world and noise band to clarinet in a chindon group. Colorful chindon groups used to be a common sight in Japan, marching in the streets noisily banging a chindon drum, while saxophones or clarinets would pick out the melody to the hits of the day.Ohkuma tramped the streets of Tokyo for 7 years playing clarinet as part of a spluttering tradition, until the late 80s when together with the group Compostella he started to revive chindon music by mixing it with other elements. While Japan is the only eastern country to have so readily absorbed western music, street performances of wind and percussion instruments can be found all over the world. As an "unmilitarized" street music, chindon is related to Jewish Klezmer music, New Orleans brass bands and wind and percussion ensembles from China and south east Asia. Ohkuma is as keen to embrace these influences in the music of Cicala Mvta. "In my opinion, old jazz , klezmer or wedding brass band traditions, from India to the Balkans, are all similar to chindon as an early modern mixture music . These are all clarinet musics, so it's very natural for me to play these types together" he says. Ohkuma's other disparate influences help give Cicala Mvta their own distinctive sound. These he cites as progressive rock, punk, avant-garde jazz, early modern music (such as Bartok) and folk.Only occasionally featuring the chindon drum, Ohkuma's perky clarinet is ably abetted by an unusual line-up of musicians, each bringing with them a sense of individuality to supplement Ohkuma's clarinet and saxophone, in what is a totally original line-up; fluid, distorted electric guitar, rip-roaring, booming tuba, squeaking, screeching cello, frantic, discordant fiddle, and tinny, shuffling drums. "Deko Boko" is Cicala Mvta's second album and a progression on their self titled first CD. The mixtures are more radical than ever, and the tunes self penned by Ohkuma and arranged by the group. Both traditional chindon and the retro-futuristic sound of Cicala Mvta are an entirely natural combination of the old and new, the east with the west. Cicala Mvta is one of only a few Japanese groups, to have created a 'buzz' in other countries. Their first overseas gig in 2000 was supporting Blur in London, afterwhich they toured for 6 weeks, playing to enthusiastic audiences at festivals throughout Europe. Despite being instrumental, their music is not without a message. The band's name, Italian for a 'mute cicada', derives from the epitaph written on the gravestone of Soeda Azembo (1872 -1944) the greatest street singer and songwriter of popular music in Japan before the 1920s. "His songs were banned and he was repeatedly thrown into prison. They tried to break his spirit and make him really mute" explains Ohkuma. Cicala Mvta and chindon music too, is not about to go quietly.



Zero Shiki

HIROMICHI SAKAMOTO

Zero Shiki

Ref: FSD1408a


Price: 25.99

Amazing solo album from the eccentric, eclectic cello player, who won many fans when touring in 2000 in Europe with Cicala Mvta, especially for his cello electric saw routine. Avant-garde, unclassifiable, constantly challenging and recommended. Hiromichi uses various electronic effects and voices to create some stunning music.



Cicala-Mvta

CICALA-MVTA

Cicala-Mvta

Ref: RES22a


Price: 25.99

Released worldwide via Tropical Music, Germany. Soul Flower Mononoke Summit member's solo album. Clarinet plus acoustic instruments playing chindon, Turkish, Nepalese and Klezmer music. Original Japanese release.

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Buta No Mukui

WATARU OHKUMA

Buta No Mukui

Ref: FSD1280


Price: 25.99

Cicala Mvta/Soul Flower clarinet player's soundtrack to Okinawan film. Brass style music plus Okinawan elements.



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