Japanese-American saxophonist Patrick Shiroishi, whom we’ve come to spect and respect for his involvement with some of the best and craziest music acts out there – like Upsilon Acrux, Corima, Sewing Circle, and Nakata, to name a few –, is going to release new music under a his solo moniker with the album Tulean Dispatch. The project deals with the Tule Lake internment camp, where his Japanese grandparents were placed during World War II. The album not only reflects on these past events but draws parallels to what is happening today in the world and the USA. It’s a haunting four-track album of solo saxophone pieces that are here melancholic, and there devastating. “The Screams of a Father’s Tears” is one of the shorter pieces, but it’s no less evocative and cathartic an experience. Tulean Dispatch is an emotional tape where Patrick pushes himself to the limit of his physical and psychological capacities, and the result is awe-inspiring.
Tulean Dispatch comes out on 11 November through Mondoj Tapes.