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the first time i saw or heard the suona was with Vinny several years ago, well before we recorded Borasisi. if you know or have seen Vinnt play, it;s just one of the 100s of different instruments he has. i made a mental note to ask him what that was, but when i went up to talk to him later i completely forgot and we started to shoot the shit about something else, probably about getting a better case for my bari that had wheels on it.

a few years later i finally visited Paul in Taipei. a week before i came to visit he was telling me about a parade of musicians that went down the street and how awesome and fucking loud they were. he found a clip and we started investigating what instruments they were playing. lo and behold, one of them was the suona. when i touched down, we made a trip to go pick one up...i even tried to use it at a show we had the next day.

i started bringing the instrument with me to shows and collaborations (i try my very hardest in the opening minutes of Danketsu 10) and eventually grew a real love for it. it had so many sides that i would stumble on by accident here and there...this recording is, more or less, a study on all of those sides. i hope to continue my relationship with the instrument in the years to come.

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released January 22, 2021

Patrick Shiroishi - suona

recorded live at Orange Door in February, 2020
mastered by Felix Salazar at FyK Studios
cover collage by Christian Schiefner
published by Touch Music/Fairwood Music, UK

physical copies available via Falt

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Patrick Shiroishi Los Angeles, California

saxophone player in corima, upsilon acrux, nakata, in the womb, oort smog, sunreader, danketsu 10, kogarashi & borasisi

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