Released in 2001 on the American CD-R label Public Eyesore, Private Idioms culls two half-hour long solo improvisations from October 1995 and February 1997. The first one comes from a public performance; the second was recorded in private. Why release these six years after the fact? Did Kinno Yoshiaki (the person behind the moniker Onnyk) only then find someone interested in releasing the music? It's a little difficult to believe, as these two pieces are very impressive. Yoshiaki plays freely. Unlike most Japanese guitarists, he skips the distortion, sticking to a clean electric sound, using lots of fretboard tapping, volume pedal, and whammy bar effect. Once he starts, he doesn't let go for the whole duration of the piece, although he leaves some room to breathe. His music is not a density contest, but he displays a lot of energy and wild technique. The influence of both Derek Bailey and Eugene Chadbourne are obvious: the pedal use and abstract lines of the Englishman, the nuttiness of the American (you know, the impression that his fingers run out of his own control). Add to them the essence of Hans Tammen's playing when he uses lightly or non-prepared guitars. "Improvisation One" is somewhat more satisfactory (the second one runs a little dry two-thirds in), but the two pieces make up a nice disc, challenging and rewarding. Experimental guitar buffs should investigate.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture