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Okuden Music : sound to the deepest. Concert series presenting the mainstream of modern jazz and improvised avant-garde music heritage.

"one of the most prestigious concert series this country has to offer ..."

Okuden Music is ESP-Disk' record label signature concert series. Learn more about ESP-Disk' record label history and the artists who defined the avan-garde jazz already more than five decades ago.

Live recordings from the series:



OKU DEN _ "deepest transmission"; "hidden teachings"; "inner-transmission". Oku Den is drawn from ancient Japanese and refers to the hidden mystery in things, the secret essence uncovered and revealed, the innate harmony underlying all things. Okuden can indicate a rank in a traditional Japanese art form and/or the actual transmission of secret principles relating to a given art.

MUSIC _ an art form whose medium is sound. Common elements of music are pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture.

SOUND _ mechanical wave that is an oscillation of pressure transmitted through a solid, liquid, or gas, composed of frequencies within the range of hearing and of a level sufficiently strong to be heard, or the sensation stimulated in organs of hearing by such vibrations.

AVANT - JAZZ _ This is art that exhibits an aesthetic based on a disciplined disregard for traditional boundaries. While avant-jazz is an outgrowth of African American musical forms, e.g. blues and jazz, it has made a break from the strict adherence to traditional forms. It draws freely from any musical tradition in creating structures and frameworks for improvisation. It is also free to disregard musical conventions, as the artist sees fit. For example, the avant-jazz musician has the creative freedom to incorporate music of Asian or African cultures, or may do away with conventional song forms or rhythmic structures. Some avant-jazz artists focus on the blues in their work, while others refer to 20th century atonalism. But these tendancies are not true of all of their music. That is their freedom. It is not a freedom from melody or composition or rhythm. It is the freedom to choose any musical tradition or vocabulary as part of their palette. - Arts for Art / Vision