Uchihashi Kazuhisa & Shelley Hirsch

Saturday, March 8, 2008 @ 8:30 pm

“One of the best pairing of personalities that one could imagine, Hirsch and Kazuhisa show all their magnificent talent in a flawless live recording. The American vocalist is her usual self, her interpretation ranging from one genre to another with a fantasy and an intelligence that are rare to see nowadays; her technical ability is well known, so is the sense of humor that she always puts in front of us, a trademark for which Shelley is recognizable at the first note she hits. Uchihashi Kazuhisa complements her in stunningly perfect fashion, accompanying and counterpointing through a fresh sense of technical abandon that never cancels the simple beauty of the “gesture of playing”. His use of delays and effects to reach different timbral zones is a perfect balance to Shelley’s crazy yet lucid evolutions. And when they try to subvert “In a sentimental mood” with their cross between anarchy and loving homage, well – I think that the circle is closed. This is a masterpiece.”

Uchihashi Kazuhisa was born in Osaka, Japan in 1959. Plays guitar since his twelfth years, mainly “Pop’n Roll” throughout his teens. Later he became involved in jazz. Since 1983 he has devoted himself intensively to free improvised music. He experimented thouroughly with many different kinds of machines and sound-devices to expand the expression possibilities of the electric guitar. He also composed music for films, theatre plays, dance. Among them, he has been working with Japanese Therter group “ISHINHA” for more than 20 years. He made a name for himself in Japan in concerts with such improvising musicians as Hans Reichel, Fred Frith,Tom Cora, Ned Rothenberg, Barre Phillips, Kan Tae Fwan, Peter Brotzman, Derek Bailey , Samm Bennett , Steve Beresford , Jon Rose , Zeena Parkins, Elliott Sharp ,Eugene Chadbourne,Henry Kaiser,Chris Cutler , Charles Hayward ,Han Bennink, Shelley Hirsch, Fred Frith, Gene Coleman ,Roger Turner, Franz
Hautzinger, Mani Neumeier, Bobby Previte, Chiristian Marclay,Mark Feldman, Carl Stone, Burkhard Stangle and others. He has been conducting his rock-oriented powerful improvised band
“Altered States” for 18years and continues to create his own new guitar music in solo as well as in “Altered States”. He is also known by excellent player of “electroharmonics 16 second delay”

Since 1996 he has also been organizing the New Music festival
“BEYOND INNOCENCE” in Japan every year.
Since 1998 he started to play and make a music with daxophone(Hans Reichel’s invention).
Now he moved to Vienna from Tokyo.


Shelley Hirsch is “an unorthodox, extraordinary fusion of vocalist, composer, and performance artist ” (Anne LeBaron) whose work encompasses story telling pieces, staged performances, compositions, improvisations, collaborations, installations, and radioplays, which have been presented on 5 continents…

Hirsch has performed hundreds of concerts of improvised music with great musicians including Anthony Coleman, Christian Marclay, Ikue Mori, Toshio Kajiwara, Hans Reichel, Min Xiao Fen, Tony Buck, David Simons, Johannes, Connie and Matthias Bauer, Paul Lovens, David Watson, Marina Rosenfeld, Jim Staley, DJ Olive, Denman Maroney, Joey Baron, Mark Dresser, Ned Rothenberg, Marc Ribot, Cyro Baptista, Butch Morris, Elliot Sharp, Uchihashi Kasuhisa, Joe Williamson, etc, etc.

She can be heard on dozens of CDs including her just released CDs “The Far In, Far Out Worlds of Shelley Hirsch” (Tzadik) and “Duets” with guitarist Uchihashi Kasuhisa (Innocence Records), and on her solo CD “States” (Tellus); her storytelling CD “O Little Town of East New York” (Tzadik); “Haiku Lingo” (No Mans Land) last two co-composed with longtime collaborator keyboardist David Weinstein- and the LP “Singing” (Apollo).