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New Album

Very excited to announce that on the 23d of September of this year my new album Ruins and Remains will be released on ECM Records, featuring the wonderful Matangi String Quartet and drummer, and long time companion, Joost Lijbaart. And also to share the first teaser of the album. It has been a long way from the first notes on paper four years ago until the recording session. After three times having to postpone because of Covid times we finally were able to record the music in the Sendesaal in Bremen, with its’ special acoustics, in August 2021. 

Three days of intense work under the inspiring guidance of producer Manfred Eicher and with wizard sound engineer Stefano Amerio. For me Ruins and Remains is a reflective work about resilience in both a personal way as well as in a broader sense. And I consider it as an ‘evolving’ suite: all parts are connected in a certain way but the musicians, and myself as the composer, have the liberty to treat the music in a most open manner. During the recording session Manfred challenged and encouraged us to take this approach even further, resulting in a fresh rendition of the of the written material and also in some completely improvised parts. 

I am very much looking forward to our release and the following concerts the coming months, see Live page. More updates to follow soon.




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Kiyoshi Kouyama

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