in december i had the privilege to perform a piece written for me by Radu Malfatti, a man who is unmistakable in his journey and exploration in music, in celebration for Andrew Choate's Learning release party. reductionism was something i was not too familiar with prior to encountering the piece so i took some time to look into Radu's thought process on music and what he wants to achieve.
as i did my benkyou, or homework, his philosophy was really eye opening for me... an approach that was very japanese to me. he wasn't thinking of filling all of the space or "what else can i do next," but more of listening to the other sounds for the duration of the piece, that there shouldn't be a need to feel like something is missing but more of an opportunity to be listening to other sounds.
performing the piece took much more focus that i anticipated. for the first few tones i felt anxious, that time was dragging on extremely slowly. i tried focusing on my own breathing and how to prepare for the next event of sound. i took careful attention to the duration of silence before and after every event, making sure not to gasp for air or make any additional sounds. a breaking point came about halfway through the piece, where i feel like i was able to do exactly what Malfatti as i interpreted was hoping for.
this recording was done prior to the performance of the piece. after weeks of preparation and listening to recordings of Radu, i sent this to him to make sure that i was on the right track. my hopes are to eventually record a studio version of this, but for now, i present to you my homework.
released December 7, 2019
patrick shiroishi - tenor saxophone
recorded in my room on the 28th of November, 2018
composition by Radu Malfatti
mastered by Felix Salazar
photograph is of my mother and her brothers