Koboku Senju, meaning something like «Selection of Dead Trees», is a continuation of the music developed on the album with the same name, Varianter av døde trær, released on SOFA in 2008. Since then, the ensemble has performed numerous concerts in Japan, Europe and US finding a particular way of making music together. Their new release «Selektiv hogst» sees the former quartet of Tetuzi Akiyama, Martin Taxt, Eivind Lønning and Espen Reinertsen joined by the no-input mixing board of Toshimaru Nakamura, who is adding yet another level of timbral ambiguity to the group, creating a rich ensemble sound.
Akiyama and Nakamura have both long been two of the leading improvisers from the Tokyo scene, and Lønning, Reinertsen and Taxt, are three young and active improvisers from Norway with an increasing reputation for their adventurous yet mature musicality.
The ensemble now performs as a quintet.