Path of June
Takumi Seino - acoustic guitar

バークリー音楽大学在学中から自身のグループで演奏を開始、96年の帰国後も国内外の音楽家と共演するギタリストの神戸Big Appleにおけるライブ・アルバム。旅をテーマに繰り広げられるガット・ギターのインプロヴィゼーション17トラックは、前衛的でありながら清々しい余韻を残す。


TAKUMI SEINO - PATH OF JUNE (CD by Voice of Silence)

Here is a new work by Japanese guitarist Takumi Seino, who graduated from the Berkley College of Music in 1996. Over the years – since 2006 - we reviewed many of his releases. All of them came with the recognizable graphic style of his Voice of Silence label. Most of them are solo works, but also duo recordings with Anthoine Berthiaume and Hugues Vincent. The one with Vincent called ‘Last Tree’ was his latest. Later I read about the drama behind the title ‘Last Tree’. His father’s house was wiped away by the tsunami near Fukushima, situated within the radioactive zone. Only a tree in the backyard reminds of former times…. No idea what is the story behind the latest title: ‘Path of June’ as the included information is sparse. It is a solo album of Seino playing nylon strings acoustic guitar. He condensed his ideas in seventeen short pointed improvisations. Very mature and rich music from a very capable player. His music moves somewhere between jazz and classical chamber music. Except for the last track everything is improvised and played as heard, which makes this release even more impressive. Recorded live at Big Apple, a jazz club in Kobe, Japan, where he recorded much of his earlier work. The concluding track, also the title track, was composed. Another fine statement by a musician who consequently follows his own path. Great work! (DM)

Vital Weekly 1158

With Japan, we received the new album a brilliant guitarist and musical innovator, Takumi Seino. Like previous albums artist album "Path of June"was released in a specific Graphically by his own music label, Voice Of Silence. Associating with Japanese music virtuoso of extraordinary imagination and ability to create the climate in each case we are dealing with works of remarkable and escaping any definitions or comparisons. Featuring stunning guitar technique, despite its extremely wide range of activities including achievements in a variety of compositions and configurations, he developed a unique personal musical language. 
The album "Path of June" is the material almost entirely improvised, recorded solo on acoustic guitar. Traditionally, the place of the session was the legendary jazz club the Big Apple, with which the artist is associated for many years. 
Short, compact songs, each of which creates a captivating atmosphere of a thumbnail, create an intimate atmosphere intimate, provocative imagination. Takumi Seino using acoustic instrument sound paints images like an inspired painter. The individual motifs into one another, forming a kind of single suites, iridescent multiple sound colors. 
The artist has managed to maintain an appropriate balance between exposing his extraordinary guitar technique, and climate creations, making music filling the "Path of June" is clear and communicative, even for me os?uchanego recipient. 
It's hard to believe that almost all of the material is the result of improvisation (except for the ending composition album title). Guitar impressions and motifs appearing on the album sublime form a set of miniatures, with a specific character and compact. We find in them echoes of classical compositions for guitar by Heitor Villa-Lobos and George Philippe Tellemanna. Takumi Seino shares with us his musical fascinations, serving music filtered by their own perception of the sound space. 
Beautiful, full of charming climate album "Path of June" is another in the "Book Apple" (2014) album recorded by a Japanese virtuoso solo. This time, however Takumi Seino shows his classic face. "Path of June" is a beautiful, graceful and charming motifs iridescent plate full of music for guitar sensitive to the beauty of the recipient. 
The album was released September 15, 2018.

Robert Ratajczak

LongPlay (Poland)