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Tamio Shiraishi

queens, NY   

Tamio Shiraishi was, along with Keiji Haino, a founding member of the Japanese avant garde group Fushitsusha in the 1970s. His involvement with Fushitsusha was however transient and the experience and connections formed through it led him to choose the saxophone as his main instrument. In 1990 Shiraishi moved to New York where he now plays solo material at NYC subway stops and collaborative projects at other venues. In 2012 Shiraishi has formed a stable collaborative performance project with Cammisa Buerhaus, playing at venues like Jack in Brooklyn as well as a memorable reunion concert with Keiji Haino at Issue Project Room. Shiraishi and percussionist Sean Meehan have for more than 15 years played a yearly summer concert at various outdoors locations in NYC. At 64 years of age Tamio Shiraishi has experienced a lot and, regardless of the lack of formal education in music, has honed his unique approach to the alto saxophone to a high level of mastery. His style may be characterized as a microtonal exploration of the altissimo-range, somewhat reminiscent of traditional Japanese Enka music. While exploring the limits of common aesthetic conceptions, Shiraishi’s performances in New York subway stops have attracted a small following and aroused conversations about the meaning of this form of expression. For example, on several occasions bystanders have approached the performance with inquiring expressions and verbally questioned the situation, which admittedly has some unusual qualities: a small audience contemplatively observing a Japanese gentleman seemingly performing a dialogue with the trains screeching by. One MTA worker was compelled to walk in between the performer and a fixed video recorder and say, “I know music is about interpretation, but this is not music!”, thus becoming part of the performance and reminding us of the inherently controversial and thought provoking nature of the music. She then wandered away peacefully without further protest while the music continued throughout.

Colaboration with Gozo Yoshimasu and Cammisa Buerhaus

Performance of the trio of Gozo Yoshimasu (Japanese poet, poetry reading and performance) and Cammisa Buerhaus (hand made organ) and Tamio Shiraishi (sax).

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solo performance at midnight subway station

solo performance at midnight subway station

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performance in the dusk with Sean Meehan

performance on the street close to Laguardia Air Port in the dusk with Sean Meehan

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