Are we really sure everything’s already been said about conducted improvisation? After listening to the Condanction Ensemble I’m not looking for answers, because this music is so naturally good that one doesn’t feel any urge to give it a definition. Devoid of every obnoxious routine, Harada’s mature gathering encloses a large variety of timbral royalty, so that each and every moment carries a sense of significance, enhanced by an unsubdued randomization of fluctuating phrasing and peaceable mutability. Handpicking notes is carefully alternated with a well perceivable bodily offsetting; each one of the involved musicians is like a torch-bearer against the obscurity of stagnation. Masashi Harada is the perfect shaman through which the pure water of free music warbles, only to be channeled and transformed into wall-breaking force.


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