Composer Tashi Wada has performed for years with his father Yoshi Wada-artist, composer,
and early member of the Fluxus movement. However, they have rarely appeared together in
studio settings. Nue, the fourteenth entry in RVNG Intl.'s intergenerational FRKWYS series, finally
brings Tashi and Yoshi, along with an eclectic group of close friends and extended family, together
Nue draws on aspects of Tashi's background for his widest vision to date-among them the
minimalist bagpipe music of Yoshi, who co-composed three of the tracks, the psychoacoustic
and perceptual explorations of his mentor, composer James Tenney, and reimagined forms of
ancient and devotional music. The album, however, is not a tribute to the past or a recapitulation
of familiar sounds. Instead, Nue is an intertwining of people and ideas as a means of growing, of
looking inward to move outward, and of looking back to move forward.
To achieve this growth, Tashi assembled a core group of fellow travelers, including Yoshi,
composer Julia Holter, producer Cole MGN, and percussionist Corey Fogel to give life to
this multifaceted suite. As an experience, Nue subtly navigates the interactions, intimacy and
spaciousness of this group.