PROFILE
柳川芳命(YANAGAWA HOMEI alto saxophone 1956~)

77年よりフリーフォームの即興演奏をやるために我流でサックスを吹き始める。地元のギャラリーでのソロ・コンサートやデレクベイリーのワークショップ参加を経て、82年よりイトウカズヒト(vl),高木英臣(b),南野梓(vl),ガイ(g),岡崎豊廣(electronics),古田一晴(映像)らと名古屋近辺でライブ活動を開始。高木元輝、ジョン・ゾーン、トム・コラを名古屋に招いての数々の企画にも参加。90年代には、宇梶晶二、吉沢元治、灰野敬二、羽野昌二らと共演。91年より渋谷ジァンジァンにてソロ・シリーズ『地と図』を5回開催。それぞれ大友良英、吉沢元治、翠川敬基、メルツバウをゲストに招き共演。同年ファーストCD『地と図’91』(ソロ)をリリース。一方名古屋では、『ディスロケーション』<岡崎豊廣・木村富士夫(g)・清川桂史(身体表現)>で活動を開始。(現在は木村に替わってガイがギターを担当。清川が抜けその後モリキミホ(ds)が加入)。同じ頃に鈴木茂流(b)、松田和彦(g)と『サマーディ』を結成(既に解散)。94 年には映画『エンドレス・ワルツ』(監督:若松孝二)で、主人公である阿部薫役を演じた町田康(町蔵)のサックス演奏の吹替を一部担当。この頃から名古屋栄のKUKU(既に閉店)等で、庄子勝治(sax)、山沢輝人(ts/fl)ら、各地の即興演奏家とセッションを重ねる。04年にディスロケーションにてソウルでライブ。05年には、もQ(as)、前衛書道家の早川大が次々と他界し、貴重なパートナーを失う。09年からは名古屋千種『カルヴァドス』にてソロ・シリーズ『地と図』を再開し、各地の鬼才演奏家をゲストに月例ライブを持続。11年、小山彰太(ds)とのセッションを契機に、南野梓、谷村武彦(g)、イトウカズヒトと共に、小山彰太デュオ集『悪くない』(CD)の公開レコーディングに参加。以後、小山彰太と『悪くない』シリーズのライブや、Maresuke(contrabass)、新井陽子(pf)、野道幸次(ts/ss)、アカノシバヒト(sax)、新田みかん(tp/tb/尺八)、牛田牛蔵(g)らをゲストに迎えた『柳川芳命・小山彰太ユニット』のライブを行う。現在は一過的なセッションだけでなく、『ディスロケーション』、『East Seed』<坂野嘉彦(cl/pf)・樽本里美(十七弦箏)・山田聡(quena/tp)>、『四夷』<小林雅典(g)・坂田こうじ(ds)・佐藤シゲル(b)・野道幸次(ts/ss)>、『柳川芳命・依田拓(perc./electronics)デュオ+α』といった継続的なグループでの活動も行っている。なお、不定期であるが、Maresuke、大門力也(g)、ヒゴヒロシ(b)、坂井啓伸(ds)、川島誠(as)らと、東京でのセッショも続けている。     (2015年現在)


YANAGAWA HOMEI
   Yanagawa's career as a saxophonist started in 1978. He began by holding a few independent solo concerts by himself. He joined Derek Baily's Improvisation Workshop in Nagoya, in 1981 and gradually came to know several underground improvisers. The encounter enabled Yanagawa to start working with some improvisers in and around Nagoya.
   In the 1980s, he had the opportunities to play with Takagi Mototeru(ts,ss), Danny Davis(as), John Zorn(reeds) and Tom Cora(cello).
    From 1991 to 1992, he held a series of solo concerts titled "Texture and figure" at the theater "Jean Jean" in Shibuya,Tokyo, joined by Otomo Yoshihide(g,turn-table), Yoshizawa Motoharu(b), Midorikwa Keiki(cello) and Akita Masami(MERZBOW) as the guest musicians. The first solo CD "TEXTURE AND FIGURE'91"was released in 1991.
    In the 1990s, Yanagawa worked with Kosugi Takehisa(vl,voice), Haino Keiji(g,voice), Toyozumi Yoshisaburo(ds), Hano Shoji(ds), Inoue Keizo(as) and so on. He also formed a noise-improvisation band "dislocation" with Okazaki Toyohiro(electronics) , Kimura Fujio(el-g), Kiyokawa Keishi(body action,video). Their first CD"PEAK TO PEAK" was released in 1994. (“dislocation” has still been continuing their activities.)
    In the same year, the movie "ENDLESS WALTZ" was produced by “Wakamatsu Kouji Production”. That was a decadant love story of a free jazz saxophonist Abe Kaoru(1949-1978) and a novelist Suzuki Izumi. When a punk-rock singer and novelist Machida Ko, who acted the part of Abe Kaoru, plays the saxophone in the movie, you can listen to Yanagawa's play.
    In 1994, Yanagawa organized an improvisation band "Samadhi" with Suzuki Shigeru(el-b) and Matsuda Kazuhiko(el-g). The CD "1995 SUMMER" was released by their independent label.
    In 1996, he met an eccentric calligrapher Hayakawa Wataru and the following year they made the CD "Jashin-Fushi".
    Yanagawa and Mo-Q(as) started playing together in 2001.  Their saxophone duo improvisations are available on the CD"GRIND THE AIR".  In February 2004, "dislocation" performed in Seoul and attracted the Korean audience.  In 2005, Mo-Q and Hayakawa Wataru (calligrapher) passed away one after another, and Yanagawa lost his important partners.
    In 2009, he started the series “Texture and Figure” again at a bar "Calvados"(in Nagoya), and still holds monthly concerts with genius improvisers in Japan.  In 2011, Yanagawa joined an open recording for Koyama Shota(ds)'s new duo album along with Minamino Azusa(vl), Tanimura Takehiko (g), and Ito Kazuhito(vl).  The CD titled “WARUKUNAI was released in 2012. Thereafter, he plays with Koyama Shota in the series of “WARUKUNAI” concerts and “Yanagawa-Koyama Unit” with guest musicians such as Maresuke (contrabass), Arai Yoko (p), Nomichi Koji (ts/ss), Akano Shibahito (sax), Nitta Mikan (tp/tb/shakuhachi) and Ushida Ushizo (g).
    Now Yanagawa plays not only in transient sessions but also as a regular member of "dislocation", "East Seed" <Banno Yoshihiko (cl/p), Tarumoto Satomi (seventeen-string koto), Satoshi Yamada (quena / tp)>, "SHII "<Kobayashi Masanori (g), Sakata Koji (ds), Sato Shigeru (b), Nomichi Koji (ts / ss)> and “Yanagawa Homei-Yoda Takumi (percussion/electronics) Duo”. Although they are irregular, he joins sessions with Maresuke, Daimon Rikiya (g), Higo Hiroshi (b), Sakai Keishin (ds), Kawashima Makoto (as) and “Nippon Tengu-Tou” in Tokyo.