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Phantasmic, shimmering chamber music by keen new LA group Danketsu 10 (aka Dankestu 9), lead by saxophonist Patrick Shiroishi and landing somewhere left of Alice Coltrane, Af Ursin and Alex Zhang Hungtai
Our first introduction to all involved, ‘From a Distance, Everything Shines’ is a memorable one. Presented to the world by London’s Warm Winters Ltd, home to JC Leisure and Kajsa Lindgren, a,o., the 32 minute work unfurls with opiated stealth in waves of harmolodic flurries of wind, raga-like bass drone and keening contemporary classical string arrangements that follow the windswept traces of female vocal. We’re reminded the effect of Okkyung Lee’s ‘Yeo-Neun’ at times, and at other junctures of those strange parts in Af Ursin records where you’re really not sure how you got there, or what part of the musical world you’re vaguely in.
“The work of the Danketsu group - formerly 9, now 10 - has always revolved around ideas of unity, inclusion and equality. Their latest, completely improvised album titled 'From a distance, everything shines' embodies these ideals; in the subtlety of each contribution, the gentleness of each performer, the willingness to contribute to something greater than each member on their own. The music here is largely graceful, sublime, almost peaceful, and even the more harrowing moments dissolve into a conclusion that's uplifting. The title of the track "ชั่วเจ็ดทีดีเจ็ดหน" is a Thai Buddhist proverb which translates to "Bad seven times, good seven times". Patrick Shiroishi, the leader of the group, explains that to him this means that "there is something good even in a bad situation.””