New Takuroku Releases

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A classically trained Chinese flutist at Shenyang Conservatory of Music (SYCM), Lao Dan sticks to his own vision of and approach to the bamboo flute and its sounds. His playing continues to push the limits of artistic expression on this instrument, exploring the possibilities of free, energetic, and nonconformist ways of sound-making confined by neither Jazz nor traditional Chinese musical conventions.

On ‘Don’t Be Angry’ Lao leans his tentative melodic phrasing against a flow of overlapping conversation, as if peeping his saxophone into a busy bar. Solos 1 & 2 are recorded alone in a quiet room, allowing him the space for his playing to cry, spiral and soar toward unfiltered emotive terrain. On the final piece, ‘Song of Longevity’ he branches out his playing, letting it wind its way around and sprawl through a bed of rolling fourth world electronica.


In March 2020 I was bowing twigs, branches and vines, while at the same time using pedals to manipulate the sound, the result was the albumTree Time.

During the course of the year I have been occasionally recording the human and natural sounds as they occur in my back garden. I also recorded some “live playing” indoors using saw, bowed branches, with effects pedals, and worked on the results in logic.Bolt and Latch is a 20 minute journey into this sound world.