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Cristián Alvear Montecino, Seijiro Murayama

Live In Madrid = 马德里现场 (LP)


*2023 stock. Limited edition.* Seijiro Murayama is a Japanese man who lives in France. He performs with snare, cymbal, gong and also voice. In the 80s, he was involved in some legendary rock projects, though you wouldn’t know it seeing him perform today. Cristián Alvear is Chilean. He has released a number of guitar recordings, some of which are of other people’s compositions, as well as his own. You can hear a background in classical guitar in his playing, however the form is always very simple, at times there is continuous repetition, or only a few minimal sounds. 

"One afternoon in the summer of 2019, in a large tent in Porto, I grabbed a plate laden with food, and looked around for a free table. It was a large music festival, and I didn’t recognise anybody there. I had already had a look around the performance space, a luxurious suite in a mansion, French windows on two sides, perhaps a former ballroom. An extremely reverberant space where the smallest sound gathers into clusters and fragments, where the feeling of emptiness imparts tranquility, no desire to speak. I had just taken a bite when two people sat down before me, one of them Seijiro! The other I hadn’t met before, a guy at least 20 years younger than Seijiro. He said hi, I’m Cristián Alvear. Coincidentally, only the week before I’d been listening to his recently released cassette on Beijing’s Zoomin’ Night. They were in the middle of a tour and had just arrived to perform at the same venue as myself. They left very early the next day, and a few days later, they recorded this record in Madrid. This album was also recorded in a large, reverberant space. The two performers are situated far apart from one another, similar to the performance that I saw in Porto, the sound however is different to what I heard live. I was sitting in the audience, a different experience to the close-mic sound of the recording. You can hear the resonance of the body of the guitar, and the echo of the snare in the room; the one warm and clear, the other distant, carrying its shadow. The mixture of the two resembles light and shadow leading one another along, each all the while maintaining its distance. [...]" - Yan Jun

Cat. number: LSVN002, VVHK004, none
Year: 2020

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