Atzi Muramatsu and Fritz Welch
Atzi Muramatsu (cello) and Fritz Welch (percussion) met sometime in the past half decade at a swap meet organized by a splinter group of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. Soon after they played a duo gig intending to shake loose an unseen talisman only to uncover a lovely collision of glistening headaches.
This new release from Atzi and Fritz is an intense free improvisation mix of cello, percussion and voice. Recorded at the Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh by Owen Green on 11 September 2017
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Atzi + The Reverse Engineer
This collaboration with electronic music artist Dave House (AKA The Reverse Engineer) sees ambient techno music unfold with all sounds sampled from the cello and the voice from Atzi. Performed at Syn Festival Edinburgh 2016, Hidden Door Festival Edinburgh 2017.
Nyau Cinema (2017)
A collaboration with London-based artist Samson Kambalu (b. 1975), who draws on his experience of growing up in Malawi to explore ideas of creativity, time and play.
Highlight Arctic Festival – Ideas of North (2017)
A newly commissioned score performed solo live at Glasgow CCA to the screening of films by Isobel Wylie Hutchison (1889 – 1982) – a pioneering Scottish female explorer, a poet, and a botanist. Featuring three short films – Kayak Rolling, The Great Jakobshavn Iceberg Bank and Flowers and Coffee Party at Umanak, depicting the scenery and life of indigenous people living in the arctics in the early 20th century. This piece was subsequently performed at An Crúbh, Skye, and at Eden Court, Inverness in December 2017. Thanks for Hope Scott Trust for their support.
Sàmhach String Quartet
‘Sàmhach’ means silence in Scottish Gaelic. The string quartet simply responds to the environment, wherever and whenever it may be. Tim Vincent-Smith (Sink), Kate Young (Songs of Separation) Mairi Campbell (Pulse) Atzi Muramatsu (Lipsync for a Lullaby).
The first album was recorded to tape, in this order, one winter afternoon in November 2015 by Douglas MacDonald at the Buccleuch Free Church, Edinburgh.
Fuora Dance Company (2016-)
In collaboration with the dance company and composer Ross Whyte, the piece Is to Finish was performed at the Cottier Chamber Project Glasgow 2016 and performed at Teatre Quarto, Piacenza, Italy in November 2017.
Jennifer Williams – After Economy (2017)
In collaboration with poet Jennifer Williams, responding to selected poems from new publication After Economy at her book launch event at the Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh.
Improvised solo cello in collaboration with landscape painter Rose Strang’s series of work – depicting glimmer of light in midst of darkness.
Improvised solo cello in collaboration with landscape painter Rose Strang’s series of work – based on scenery at the Scottish Borders.
Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra
A new commission by the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra Universal Grammar was performed at the GIOfest VIII (3-day festival of improvised music at CCA, Glasgow), Saturday 28 November 2015.
The new trio has been entertaining Glasgow and Edinburgh’s experiential music enthusiasts since 2015. Tim Vincent-Smith (violin, harmonograms, gas drum, water bottles), Graeme Miller (guitar, saw, bells and chimes), and Atzi (cello, bells) performed at Sharmanka Exhibition, Hiddendoor Festival, and Sound Lab in 2015.
West, North and East (2015)
A short video featuring ongoing collaboration between painter Rose Strang, poet Jennifer Williams, and Atzi. It was recited at the Eigg Island exhibition at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, on 26 March 2015. Art (painting) by Rose Strang, poetry by J.L. Williams, and solo cello composition by Atzi Muramatsu. See a full blog from Eigg Island exhibition opening night here at https://rosestrangartworks.wordpress.com. You can also purchase the paintings. Rose drew me in one of them!
A cello performance & composition commission from Dancebase, featuring original 12 minute solo cello composition The Place of Gargoyles, along with Bach’s cello suites G major Prelude and D minor Sarabande,set to the choreography by Steinvor Palsson. A main feature of official Edinburgh Hogmany celebrations 2015 at St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh. Read Scotsman review descrybing my ’Poignant’ work here.
Decagram Overture & Finale
An ambitious concept concert involving 3 locally acclaimed bands and a 16 piece orchestra, fully composed for the duration of 20 mins. Queenshall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013.
Bone Garden (2014)
A contemporary dance piece in collaboration with choreographer Tara Hodgson.
Between Us (2011-present)
A contemporary dance piece in collaboration with choreographer Emma Snellgrove.
with Emma Snellgrove and Lucy Boyce @ Dancebase residency, Edinburgh 2011
Noir 9 (2011)
A video collage of the Noir 9 fashion show by Zwart Creative Bureau which took place at Summerhall, Edinburgh, 2011. The cello music was recorded at the event during the cat walk.
Credited works: String arrangements and recordings
‘Clarinda Dressing’ on E.P. ’Red Tulip, Yellow Tulip’
on album ‘the tower of silence’
‘void-fi’ on EP ‘KAMAKOT’
Royal Edinburgh Music
on album ‘Lost’
Bob Hillary and the Massive mellow
‘I feel light” on album ‘nature’s pace’
‘Borderline of dreams’ on album ‘Find Me There’
‘Soothe’ and ‘Onda Nova’ on album ‘Between the waves’