This is the website for the improvised music label Balance Point Acoustics and the double bassist Damon Smith
Tatsuya Nakatani is a Japanese avant-garde sound artist and master percussionist. He has released over 80 recordings and tours internationally. Performing solo, in collaboration, and with his Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO) project he plays over 100 concerts a year.
With his adapted Gong and handcrafted Kobo bow, Nakatani has developed his own unique instrumentation. A master of new sounds and extended technique; he sculpts a transformative, intense, expressive sound that engages improvised and experimental music while resisting genre. Central to his philosophy of sound is the concept of MA 間, which can be understood as the space or interval between perceptual events.
Andria Nicodemou is a multifaceted musician, improviser, composer and teaching artist from Cyprus, specializing in vibraphone. Her music is characterized as an ‘open-ended’ play where movement, theatricality and sound are equally important. She goes beyond conventional music boundaries, extending the vibraphone sound with new techniques.
She has worked in diverse interdisciplinary art projects, with dancers and visual artists in Europe, USA and Canada. She has collaborated with musicians such as Joe Morris, Anthony Coleman, Marty Ehrlich, Ikue Morri, Gerald Cleaver, Tayler Ho Bynum, Ab Baars, Anne La Berge, Gianni Lenoci, Guilermo Gregorio, Marc Sanders, Ingrid Laubrock, Joe McPhee among others.
In 2014 and 2017 she received the honorary visa for prominent artistic personalities from the USA.
Trombonist/improviser/composer Jeb Bishop has been involved with new jazz and improvised music since the mid-1990s. Until 2012 he was based in Chicago; during this time he worked with the Vandermark Five, The Engines, Lucky 7s, Jeb Bishop Trio, School Days, Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Globe Unity Orchestra, and many other groups, and took part in countless free improvised encounters as performer and organizer. In 2012 he relocated to North Carolina, where he worked with Eugene Chadbourne and with the improvising collective Polyorchard. In 2016 he relocated again to Boston, where he continues to perform and record regularly, including with the cooperative quintet Cutout, the Eric Hofbauer Quintet, and many more freely improvised situations. A nearly complete discography can be seen at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeb_Bishop_discography.
Forbes Graham is a trumpet player, electronic musician, and composer living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. He has worked with a diverse array of musicians and currently is a member of Para Quintet, Rock Flint Contemporary Ensemble, Wild May, Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, Grizzler, Construction Party, Equal Time and Citizens Orchestra. He is the founder of the Rock Flint Artists Retreat, and has appeared at numerous festivals including High Zero, Full Force, and Vision.