A Reading List From Patrick Shiroishi

Source: Dusted

Patrick Shiroishi is a Japanese-American musician who lives and works in Los Angeles. He plays woodwinds, effects and keyboards, and his work has spanned ultra-complex prog rock with Upsilon Acrilux, cutting-edge jazz with musicians such as Alex Cline and Vinny Golia, and harder-to-situate improvisational efforts, which include a pair of cassettes by different trios on Astral Spirits. Early in 2020 Thin Wrist records released Descension, a harrowing contemplation of America’s heritage of ethnically antagonistic incarceration. Bill Meyer wrote of that effort, “it wants you to know something, and think about what you know.” Accordingly, Shiroishi’s list promulgates both musical and broader cultural knowledge.