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Invisible Resistances

by Izumi Kimura and Cora Venus Lunny

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Irides 02:39
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An Ember 05:31
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Chant 03:54
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Sea Firefly 04:30
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Rain Glow 02:47

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‘Invisible Resistances’ is a new CD of improvised explorations featuring piano by Izumi Kimura and violin & viola by Cora Venus Lunny - nine dazzling improvisations that further push the dialogue between these two performers creating new sonic experiences that are intimate, yet bold and elemental.

Izumi Kimura and Cora Venus Lunny are two rare and precious musicians. Both virtuosos on their instruments, they have - as one can readily hear - a deep knowledge of the history of music interpretation composed over the centuries. That alone is already an enormous achievement! But what makes them all the more rare is that they have also boldly ventured into the challenge and far riskier musical field of open improvisation, nourished by their musical cultures, languages, dreams, tales and stories heard in childhood, early novels, films, landscapes, and of course the musical realms. Thus, instead of laying chamber music that a score would dictate, they start a music from nothing and free themselves to invent a chamber music that's completely unique. Invisible Resistances is a gem to be discovered. The whole album is nurtured by a superb and yet spontaneous sense of form and sound, the most demanding artistry - which makes it an extraordinary musical adventure played by two sisters of musical invention. (Benoît Delbecq, Bondy, July 5th 2022)

This music was recorded in the early spring of 2021.
We were walking in a tunnel we didn’t know how long.
With eyes closed we listened inwards to our silence.
From this space an interaction began.
A single light became thousands of sea fireflies and the stars in the deep sky.
We listened to what have been lodged inside us for more than our lifetime, very old melodies, 
celestial stories, the tide, the wind, invisible forces and a chant.
We improvised.
Something happened in this space which we didn’t know till we listened to it back, much later. 3 hours of music was recorded spontaneously and now we have made this album for you.
(Izumi Kimura, Wicklow, September 9th 2022)

Copies of the CD version of this album are available here: www.farpointrecordings.com/product-page/izumi-kimura-and-cora-venus-lunny-invisible-resistances

Released October 6th, 2022

This recording was supported through funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media as administered via the Music Industry Stimulus Package 2020.

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released October 6, 2022

Izumi Kimura - piano
Cora Venus Lunny - violin and viola

Recorded by Dave McCune in March 2021 at Ventry Studios, Dublin.
Mixed and Mastered by Benoït Delbecq

Design by Illuminate Studio
Photography by Anthony Kelly & Doreen Kennedy
Project co-ordinated by Anthony Kelly & David Stalling
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About the artists:

Contemporary pianist and improviser Izumi Kimura explores sound and silence, abstract and concrete, improvisation, interpretation and composition, drawing inspiration from life and the nature. Born in Yokohama, Japan, Izumi Kimura has been playing the piano since the age of four, moving to Ireland after graduating from Toho University of Music in Tokyo. She has worked with musicians from both classical and jazz fields spanning RTÉ Symphony Orchestra and Crash Ensemble through to jazz trumpeter Itaru Oki. Izumi’s current projects includes duos and trios with Barry Guy and Gerry Hemingway and her field recording project with Cora Venus Lunny and Anthony Kelly. Folding, a recent vinyl LP and CD of collective compositions featuring piano by Izumi Kimura, violin and viola by Cora Venus Lunny and field recordings by Anthony Kelly, was described as ‘startlingly beautiful’ and ‘an ear opening bolt from the blue’ by Cormac Larkin, The Irish Times.

Cora Venus Lunny is an improvising violinist, violist and composer with extensive performing, touring and recording experience in contemporary, classical, improvised and folk musics. A member of Yurodny and Fovea Hex, they frequently perform with Crash Ensemble, improvise solo and in groups, and in free duo with Izumi Kimura. A fascination with consciousness, time, groove and the human and metaphysical realities of music drives their compositional curiosity.

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Farpoint Recordings was formed in 2004 by Anthony Kelly and David Stalling. Originally set up to act as a fulcrum for their own creative activities – both in the audio and visual arts – Farpoint Recordings has now developed into an artist-run creative project that seeks to publish works from the margins that intersect in some way with contemporary sound and audio-visual practices. ... more

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