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Taj Mahal Travellers

The Taj Mahal Holidaymakers were a legendary improvisational group out of Tokyo, who combined Eastern and European instruments, electronics and vocal chants, and used heavy post-production processing to produce unique very long flowing jams, with deep organic droning and pulsing, similar for some from the cosmic electronic stuff out of Germany at exactly the same time, though filtered through a Japan sensibility. Their music is known as in the pinnacle of Asian psychedelic music from the past due 1960s and early 1970s. At exactly the same time they were much nearer to avant-garde minimalism, with a number of the group actually disavowing the psychedelic connection. Their few recordings feature very long untitled freeform songs, often taking on an entire part from the record. Created in 1969 by Takehise Kosugi, a violinist who experienced already been from the Fluxus motion, along with Ryo Koike, Michihiro Kimura, Yukio Tsuchiya, Seiji Nagai, Tokio Hadegawa, and Kinji Hayashi, the Taj Mahal Holidaymakers soon started to perform inter-media concerts in Japan. Between 1971 and 1972 they toured a lot of European countries and Asia, mainly traveling around inside a Volkswagen mini-bus, as well as performing in the Taj Mahal in India. For any concert in the Moderna Museet (Contemporary Museum) in Stockholm, released thirty years down the road the double Compact disc Live Stockholm July 1971 by Drone Syndicate, the group was right down to the trio of Koike, Kimura, and Tsuchiya. Immediately after the tour overseas live materials was recorded in the Sohgetsu Hall in Tokyo and released as the LP July 15, 1972 within the Sony label. In 1973 another live show was featured using one side from the dual LP compilation Oz Times Live (also called Live at Oz), from your underground Oz label. Another yr the group proceeded to go into the studio room to record even more material, which premiered as the dual LP August 1974 on Sony in 1975. The group disbanded that calendar year, and Kosugi continuing a prolific single career, aswell concerning help a few of his music learners to start out the Taj Mahal Travellers-like group East Bionic Symphonia, who released a self-titled record in 1976. Seiji Nagai continued to review Indian music and digital music, and lastly released a Compact disc Electronic Sound Improvisation 1999, which tries to recreate the Taj Mahal Tourists spirit by using dense digital drones.

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