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I know there are other Philly Musicians-loopers on LD who can chime in
and offer up perhaps many better examples than me which attest to the
greatness of Toshi Makahara...but i gotta say in all sincerity that Toshi
Makahara is "all that" & lots more,
Toshi Makahara is from Japan but a Philly Luminary-Treasure who has worked
with John Zorn, Jack Wright and Charles Cohen plus many, many others
including wally shoup, bob rhainey (sp) ) in areas of free jazz and
improvised music for many years.
Toshi is probably IMHO one of thee most amazing free - avant garde
percussionist-drummers i've ever seen play music.
& i'll never forget him attaching somethin akin to a cannon ball on a
flexi-pole to his butt as he thumped out a rhythm and did a dance which I
have never in all my life ever witnessed.
Toshi then proceeded to reuturn to playing a drum kit with somthing
resembling common kitchen utencils or opther devices which were unknown
with having drums and objects i had never witnessed before or even
His sense of space, timing, texture, vitality and humor in addition to his
more than serious devotion to and commitment to free music is both clear,
enagaing, positive and a delight to watch and hear unfold in a live
Toshi also has done some straight ahead jazz stuff too & has some key
releases out there too.
but I also cant really find many web references to his stuff but i can
definitely tell you no matter what he is gonna do it will definitely be
anyones time and listening abilites as that Toshi's performances have
been splendid and rewarding to me and everyone else in the audience.
So Go See Toshi and see for yourself.
But KNOW You are in for a treat!
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