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Katsuya Nonaka is a professional shakuhachi player, farmer, translator, cartoonist, illustrator and film director. Being a man of many professions, he describes himself as a Hyakusho. Literally translating as a man who has more than one hundred jobs, Hyakusho is the Japanese word for peasant. Nonaka studied shakuhachi with the world renowned master Atsuya Okuda. Nonaka is a member of The Seppuku Pistols, who play Edo era punk on Japanese traditional instruments. He is also a skateboarding enthusiast.
Ute Kanngiesser is a German cellist based in London.
“For over 10 years, I have only played unscripted/improvised music. I have experimented with the sound of the cello, limiting myself to the alive material at hand: vast and complicated layers within the instrument and myself; and to let this music evolve continuously in relationship with others. It relates to the process of uncovering an endless multiplicity of coexisting sense perspectives. And it deals with the energy that this gives rise to. For me, it is the most exciting place to play music from.”
Most recent and regular collaborations are with Billy Steiger, Seymour Wright, Tom Wheatley, Paul Abbott, Ross Lambert, and Guillaume Viltard.