PROFILE

77年より我流でサックスを始め、フリーフォームの即興演奏を試みる。ギャラリーでのソロコンサートやデレク・ベイリーのワークショップ参加を経て、82年よりイトウカズヒト(vl),高木英臣(b),南野梓(vl),ガイ(g),岡崎豊廣(electronics),古田一晴(映像)らと名古屋近辺で自主的演奏活動を開始。高木元輝、ジョン・ゾーン、トム・コラを名古屋に招いた数々の企画にも参加。90年代には、宇梶晶二、吉沢元治、灰野敬二、羽野昌二らと東京で共演。91年より渋谷ジァンジァンにてソロシリーズ『地と図』を5回開催。それぞれ大友良英、吉沢元治、翠川敬基、メルツバウをゲストに招き共演。同年ファーストCD『地と図’91』(ソロ)をリリース。一方名古屋では、『ディスロケーション』<岡崎豊廣・木村富士夫(g)・清川桂史(身体表現)>で活動を開始。(現在は木村に替わってガイがギターを担当。清川が抜けその後モリキミホ(ds)が加入)。同じ頃に鈴木茂流(b)、松田和彦(g)と『サマーディ』を結成(2000年に活動停止し2015年末に活動再開)。94 年には映画『エンドレス・ワルツ』(監督:若松孝二)で、主人公である阿部薫役を演じた町田町蔵(康)のサックス演奏の吹替を一部担当。この頃から名古屋栄のKUKU(既に閉店)等で、庄子勝治(sax)、山沢輝人(ts/fl)ら、各地の即興演奏家とセッションを重ねる。04年ディスロケーションにてソウルで演奏。05年には、もQ(as)、前衛書道家の早川大が次々と他界し、貴重なパートナーを失う。09年からは名古屋千種『カルヴァドス』(2017年3月閉店)にてシリーズ『地と図』を再開し、各地の鬼才演奏家を招いた月例ライブを、2016年9月まで100回に亘って開催。11年、小山彰太(ds)デュオ集『悪くない』(CD)の公開レコーディングに参加。その後、小山彰太と『悪くない』シリーズのライブや、『柳川芳命・小山彰太ユニット』のライブを行う。2016年10月に藤田亮(ds)、新井田文悟(b)、Meg(ds)、依田拓(per./electronics)、佐藤シゲル(b)、石井正典(ds)とのデュオやトリオを収録したCD『柳川芳命2016』を自主レーベル<極音舎>よりリリース。
現在は一過性のセッションだけでなく、『ディスロケーション』『サマーディ』『East Seed』<坂野嘉彦(pf/cl)・樽本里美(十七弦)・山田聡(ケーナ)>『柳川芳命+Meg ”Heal Roughly”』『ysm』<鷲見雅生(b)・木全摩子(ds)>といった継続的なユニットでの活動も行っている。  (2017年現在)

Yanagawa’s career as a saxophonist started in 1978. He began by holding a few independent solo concerts by himself. He joined Derek Baily’s Improvisation Workshop in Nagoya, in 1981 and gradually came to know several underground improvisers. The encounter enabled Yanagawa to start working with some improvisers in and around Nagoya.
In the 1980s, he had the opportunities to play with Takagi Mototeru(ts,ss),Danny Davis(as),John Zorn(reeds)and Tom Cora(cello).
From 1991 to 1992, he held a series of solo concerts titled “Texture and figure” at the theater “Jean Jean” in Shibuya,Tokyo, joined by Otomo Yoshihide(g,turn-table), Yoshizawa Motoharu(b), Midorikwa Keiki(cello) and Akita Masami(MERZBOW) as the guest musicians. The first solo CD “TEXTURE AND FIGURE’91″was released in 1991.
In the 1990s, Yanagawa worked with Kosugi Takehisa(vl,voice), Haino Keiji(g,voice), Toyozumi Yoshisaburo(ds),Hano Shoji(ds), Inoue Keizo(as) and so on. He also formed a noise-improvisation band “dislocation” with Okazaki Toyohiro(electronics) , Kimura Fujio(el-g), Kiyokawa and Keishi(body action,video). Their first CD”PEAK TO PEAK” was released in 1994. (“dislocation” has still been continuing their activities.)
In the same year, the movie “ENDLESS WALTZ” was produced by Wakamatsu Kouji Production. That was a decadant love story of a free jazz saxophonist Abe Kaoru(1949-1978) and a novelist Suzuki Izumi. When a punk-rock singer and novelist Machida Ko, who acted the part of Abe Kaoru, plays the saxophone in the movie, you can listen to Yanagawa’s play.
In 1994, Yanagawa joined “Samadhi”, organized by Suzuki Shigeru(el-b) ,along with Matsuda Kazuhiko(el-g). The CD “1995 SUMMER” was released by their independent label. Samadhi had a reunion session in 2015 and since then,has been active.
In 1996, he met an avant-garde calligrapher Hayakawa Wataru and the following year they made the CD”Jashin-Fushi”.
Yanagawa and Mo-Q(as) started playing together in 2001. Their saxophone duo improvisations are available on the CD”GRIND THE AIR”. In February 2004, dislocation performed in Seoul and attracted the Korean audience. In 2005, Mo-Q and Hayakawa Wataru (calligrapher) passed away one after another, and Yanagawa lost his important partners.
In 2009, he started the series “Texture and Figure” again at a bar “Calvados”(in Nagoya), and he held 100 monthly concerts with genius improvisers in Japan untill Sept.2016.
In 2011, Yanagawa joined an open recording for Koyama Shota(ds)’s new duo album. The CD titled “WARUKUNAI” was released in 2012. Thereafter, he plays with Koyama Shota in the series of “WARUKUNAI” concerts and “Yanagawa-Koyama Unit” with guest musicians.
In 2016 Yanagawa released a new album which contains duos and trios with Fujita Ryo(ds),Niida Bungo(b),Meg(ds),Yoda Takumi (per./electronics),Sato Shigeru( b),Ishii Masanori(ds).

Now Yanagawa plays not only in transient sessions but also as a regular member of “dislocation”, “Samdhi”,”East Seed” ,”Yanagawa Homei + Meg (Heal Roughly)”,”ysm”

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