Shoko Nagai | Taken Shadows

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Taken Shadows

by Shoko Nagai

Experimental compositions performed in NYC.
Genre: Avant Garde: Modern Composition
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1. Intimate Wish (Live)
19:13 album only
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2. Solid Angle (Live)
16:40 album only
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3. Lucy (Live)
6:49 album only
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Album Notes
KAGEFUMI (かげふみ)
The Worst curse for a demon who lived between the living and the dead is the inability to die.
By stepping on a mortal's shadow, a demon can die.
On the other hand, a human whose shadow has been stepped by a demon becomes a demon.
And he or she, now has to find and step on another mortal's shadow.....

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Cisco Bradley JAZZTOKYO

Nagai continues to be a unique and unpredictable figure on the New York scene
Shoko Nagai’s Taken Shadows, recorded live at Roulette in Brooklyn, March 10, 2014, and released earlier this year features flittering sounds and shapes that seem to intermingle, expand rapidly, disappear, reappear, and so forth in an interesting panorama of sonic expressions. Nagai, bassist Stomu Takeishi, and drummer Jim Black take turns in grounding the music at the rhythmic core, while Nagai, in another form, Todd Reynolds (violin/electronics) and Jonathan Goldberger (guitar/effects) cut across the textured, multi-faceted, shifting underbelly. The music that emerges from this mix is eclectic, well-balanced, and driving. All three lead voices (Nagai, Goldberger, and Reynolds) cut across the top brilliantly at different moments. Nagai’s compositions never spill over and find their center by oscillating between exuberant exclamations and occasional recessions into solitude. The electronics and other effects provide enough glint to make the darker interior parts of the sound stand out even more. Nagai continues to be a unique and unpredictable figure on the New York scene.
--Cisco Bradley JazzTokyo 2015
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Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, NYC

MVP = most valuable player!
SHOKO NAGAI With TODD REYNOLDS/JONATHAN GOLDBERGER /STOMU TAKEISHI/JIM BLACK - Taken Shadows / Live at Roulette NYC (Animul Records 108; USA) Featuring Shoko Nagai on compositions, piano, Moog & Nintendo DS, Todd Reynolds on violin & electronics, Jonathan Goldberger on guitar & effects, Stomu Takeishi on electric bass and Jim Black on drums. Since moving to NY, I’ve heard keyboardist Shoko Nagai in a variety of contexts, playing piano or synth with Matana Roberts, Erik Friedlander, Jordan McLean and the Isle of Klezbos. You can’t get much more diverse than that. Ms. Nagai has organzied an impressive Downtown all-star quintet for her debut as a leader. No doubt you should recognize all of the names here from their diverse resumes. The opening piece, “Intimate Wish” is long and filled with surprising twists and turns. The opening theme is played powerfully by the Moog/violin/guitar frontline before it winds through other quieter sections. The three pieces here seem skeletally written with large sections for improv. There is some impressive piano/synth, guitar and violin interplay when “Solid Angle” begins, slowly the rhythm team kicks in. While guitarist Goldberger plays this fractured riff over and over, the rest of the band swirl intensely around him. In the center part of this piece the violin, guitar and bass play a subtle, spaced-out, hypnotic pizzicato section while the piano spins soft waves underneath. After a more laid back intro, “Solid Angie” erupts with a boisterous electric guitar led section/solo, followed by an equally inspired violin solo by Todd Reynolds. Guitarist Jonathan Goldberger is yet another of those up & coming Downtown players who has become someone to watch over the past few years, working with: Sarah Webber, Jason Mears & Sarah Manning. Everyone here gets their chance to stretch out and all members are on equal footing. This is a most impressive debut from another Downtown MVP: Ms. Shoko Nagai. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
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ORC

Music to be noticed
Mysterious, haunting, vibrant, dark and beautiful... Very modern mixture of many musical elements/genres.
Composer/pianist Nagai were able to put so much uniqueness into this master piece on live recorded performance.
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Cisco Bradley

"Nagai continues to be a unique and unpredictable figure on the New York scene"
Shoko Nagai’s Taken Shadows, recorded live at Roulette in Brooklyn, March 10, 2014, and released earlier this year features flittering sounds and shapes that seem to intermingle, expand rapidly, disappear, reappear, and so forth in an interesting panorama of sonic expressions. Nagai, bassist Stomu Takeishi, and drummer Jim Black take turns in grounding the music at the rhythmic core, while Nagai, in another form, Todd Reynolds (violin/electronics) and Jonathan Goldberger (guitar/effects) cut across the textured, multi-faceted, shifting underbelly. The music that emerges from this mix is eclectic, well-balanced, and driving. All three lead voices (Nagai, Goldberger, and Reynolds) cut across the top brilliantly at different moments. Nagai’s compositions never spill over and find their center by oscillating between exuberant exclamations and occasional recessions into solitude. The electronics and other effects provide enough glint to make the darker interior parts of the sound stand out even more. Nagai continues to be a unique and unpredictable figure on the New York scene.
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