Japanese composer Yas-Kaz’s 1985 album Jomon-sho is being reissued for the first time, via Madrid GLOSSY MISTAKES records.
Constantly seeking out new sounds and sonic pathways, he moved to Bali, later introducing gamelan music.For Jomon-sho, which was composed for a stage performance by Sankai Juku Butoh Group, Yas-Kaz brought together field recordings with instruments including a cimbalom, bamboo didgeridoo, Javanese cowbell and suling flute.
Peaceful, percussive and idyllic. Three words that describe perfectly ‘Jomon-sho’, the key New Age album from Japanese composer and expert of gamelan music, Yas-Kaz. This seminal composition is a cornerstone to understand the Japanese ambient and environmental movement, heavily influenced by this record and the whole New Age scene that developed in Japan throughout the 80s.
“I feel that I am re-experiencing the many histories of music existing in the world, such as the beginning of sound. I find richness in instruments and in the sounds that modern music and Western music has left behind. Live sound, such as voices of living beings, holds elements non-transferable to electronic music. It is those sounds that I want to make into music.
We recorded the album at Pale Green Studio in Akasaka.It was a small studio with an 8 channel analogue tape recorder… I performed every composition included in this album, without using any sequencers.” explains Yas-Kaz .