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Introducing Naoko Sakata- Experimental Pianist Announces LP ‘Dancing Spirit’ Due March 26th Via Anna von Hausswolff’s Label Pomperipossa Records

February 14, 2021
Pictured: ‘Dancing Spirits’ artwork by Gianluca Grassell


Experimental pianist to release album ‘Dancing Spirits’
Out on March 26th on Anna von Hausswolff’s Pomperipossa Records

Gothenburg-based Japanese musician Naoko Sakata announces her new piano solo album ‘Dancing Spirits’ for release on March 26, 2021 via Pomperipossa Records, a Swedish label that has established itself as a beacon for avant-garde, drone, ambient and experimental music, led by artist Anna von Hausswolff.
The captivating and enchanting music on ‘Dancing Spirits’ is the daughter of the moment and therefore unrepeatable; pure improvisation and untampered freedom of expression. It is not a canonical listening and is almost impossible to classify into a genre or a category. Rather, it is the result of an experimental approach to music, where every single note follows the previous one without a determined principle other than that of absolute freedom. On ‘Dancing Spirits’ Naoko Sakata shows an aspect of musical experimentation that takes this definition to its most extreme limits. It is an artistic achievement that joins the world of natural phenomena because it is so unregulated in its manifestations, impetuous in its pace, incomprehensible in its laws, faithful and coherent only to one thing: its existence.
Now she shares a first glimpse at the record with the tempestuous “Improvisation 3,” commenting: “When peace and chaos exists together, I feel like myself. I felt a strong connection with the music flowing in me.”

Naoko Sakata · Improvisation3

Prepare to be dazzles by this standout composer. Creating these sweeping dramatic twists and turns, controlling the fierce range of intensity at her fingertips and delivering this flawless orchestration which is destined to captivate your fill attention and leave you in awe. The track delivers these peaks of brutal scope and then abruptly challenges that fierce performance with sudden intricate passages that deliver an entirely refreshing emotional enrichment.

This piece will pull at your affections, resonating such sweet and serene moments before obliterating that with power and tragedy. The instrumentation becomes a fight with the composer, covering such ground with the abundance of notes and the lasting scale whilst showcasing the dynamic turns of influence. Utterly spellbinding.

Naoko Sakata describes her approach to music as follows: “When I sit in front of the piano, I, as a person, disappear. My body becomes a conduit for expressing the music that I can hear in my head. There are no obstacles to its realisation and I don’t follow rules on how to make it happen. It is at the same time something natural and highly spiritual, sacred and wild, something that lives in a moment in time and only in that, before disappearing forever .”

‘Dancing Spirits’ was recorded during two days at Annedalskyrkan, a church in the Swedish city of Gothenburg that is home to both Sakata and von Hausswolff. The album was recorded and produced by Filip Leyman and consists of seven improvisations, played by Naoko Sakata and performed on a Steinway grand piano. They represent the most authentic expression of the artist’s musicality and her incomparable creative talent.

‘Dancing Spirits’ is an album that offers a new interpretation of music, of how important it is to listen to the creative impulses within us, to indulge them without obstacles, to free them without fear. It is also a unique window to the world of Naoko Sakata and on her peculiar interpretation of the meaning of art. A meaning that can only be heard, but not explained further.

‘Dancing Spirits’ will be released on March 26th via Pomperipossa records.

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