Seigen Ono

Comme Des Garcons, Vol. 1

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Seigen Ono was offered the unusual opportunity to supply music for the Commes des Garcons fashion shows in the late 80's and gathered together the cream of New York's downtown avant-garde to create some of the more unusual runway music ever created. Issued in two volumes, the first contains work all co-written by Ono (the second has pieces by various composers) along with Arto Lindsay, Peter Scherer, John Zorn and others. The songs with Lindsay's involvement all have a Brazilian tinge to them and sound as though they could have come out of an Ambitious Lovers release from around the same time. "Hunting for Lions", written in conjunction with John Lurie and Loy Ehrlich, has a pleasant travelogue feel to it; listeners who have enjoyed much of the Made to Measure catalog including the early work of Hector Zazou will find themselves right at home here. Even at its blandest, there's a pleasant, lolling quality about the music that renders its lack of grit negligible. At its best, as on the lovely "Pessoa Quase Cerla" with enchanting harp playing from Carol Emanuel and delicately touching vocals (in Portuguese) from Lindsay, it offers genuinely beautiful music, far better than anyone would have reason to expect at a fashion show. Volume Two is more generally successful, but this release has its own charms.

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