photo by Mark Rappaport
Chikamorachi photo by Mark Rappaport




 December 2017 - Chicago. With Special Guest. More details TBA.

click here for a list of past Chikamorachi shows


Since 2005 Darin Gray (bass) and Chris Corsano (drums) have performed side by side as Chikamorachi. They are found most often together with the incendiary saxophonist Akira Sakata, either as a trio or in expanded line-ups with the likes of Jim O'Rourke, Min Tanaka, Masami Akita (aka Merzbow), Keiji Haino, Michiyo Yagi, and Yosuke Yamashita. The high-speed empathy that Gray and Corsano have as a rhythm section is at the fore of their many records together, the latest of which, Proton Pump with Akira Sakata and Masahiko Satoh, is due out in December on Family Vineyard Records. Earlier this year, they began a new project with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, performing at the Big Ears and Solid Sound Festivals.

Darin Gray is best known as Jim O’Rourke’s go-to bassist for nearly 20 years, as half of the duo On Fillmore, and as the bassist for Grand Ulena, Dazzling Killmen, and Brise-Glace. As an improviser he has performed and recorded with among others: Loren Connors, Masami Akita (Merzbow), Josh Abrams, Jason Roebke, Axel Dorner, Kevin Drumm, Alan Licht, Thollem Mcdonas, and Jim O'Rourke. As a session bassist he has played on recordings by Will Oldham, Cheer-Accident, Rope, Bobby Conn, Daneilson Family, Early Day Miners, Bunnygrunt, Jim O'Rourke, etc... He has toured extensively in the United States, Japan, Brazil, Canada, and Europe.

Chris Corsano began a long-standing, high-energy partnership with saxophonist Paul Flaherty in 1998. A move from western Massachusetts, USA to the UK in 2005 led Chris to develop a solo music of his own, incorporating sax reeds, violin strings, metal discs, and various other non-traditional items into his drum kit. 2007 and '08 were spent as the drummer on Björk's Volta world tour. Returning back to the U.S. in 2009, Corsano shifted focus back to his own projects, most notably a duo with Michael Flower, Rangda (with Sir Richard Bishop and Ben Chasny) and solo work. In addition to the those mentioned above, he's also worked with, among others, Evan Parker, Joe McPhee, Mette Rasmussen, Okkyung Lee, Jandek and Sunburned Hand Of Man.


photo credit: Jack Bevan


Darin Solid Sound - photo by Charles Harris
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photo credit: Charles Harris
Gotokuji Temple low res
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Chris Corsano
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* Akira Sakata & Jim O'Rourke with Chikamorachi & Merzbow - Flying Basket
* Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi - Friendly Pants
* Akira Sakata & Jim O'Rourke with Chikamorachi - and that's the Story of Jazz
* Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi - Live at 2009 Perspectives Festival in Vasteras, Sweden. video clip


"Chikamorachi is drummer Chris Corsano and bassist Darin Gray, now regular partners of the Japanese free jazz veteran [Akira Sakata]....Corsano's playing is meticulous and highly detailed, not so much polyrhythms as an elaborately extended and embellished line. The cantorial expressiveness and reassuring throb of Gray's playing is at times strikingly reminiscent of David Izenson." - Brian Morton, The Wire on Live at Hungry Brain

"The rhythm team of Darin Gray & Chris Corsano is especially incredible, ever-engaging, consistently creative and supportive." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, on And That's the Story of Jazz

"Sakata can still play the hell out of the alto sax and he tears through registers with all of the beautiful force of a Noah Howard or Marion Brown. Corsano is, of course, explosive throughout, playing at breakneck speed through Sakata's wild soloing while Gray wraps his strings all the way around the kit. Excellent." - David Keenan, Volcanic Tongue on Friendly Pants

"By 2006, O’Rourke had enough of a reputation that he could choose whatever musicians he wanted to drag over to Japan, and he picked some good ones: virtuosos Chris Corsano on drums (a sometimes Bjork collaborator) and Darin Gray on bass form a powerful improvisational unit known as Osorezan." - Erik Gundel, PopMatters on Mimidokodesuka

The trio work as one, capturing the elegant strokes of jazz's heyday without completely abandoning new world charm. It's a tender balancing act; one Sakata, Corsano, and Gray have mastered well through numerous collaborations and releases, but it all comes to glorious fruition within Friendly Pants." -  Justin Spicer, Brainwashed

"...The Americans are in fine form, overdriving the music as usual, Corsano's speed drumming remaining one of the marvels of the modern music world." - Francois Couture, All-Music on Friendly Pants

"...The Corsano/Gray rhythm section is also at its best when all hell breaks loose, as in "In Case, Let's Go To Galaxy". But in stark contrast to this, the music can be gentle, sweet even, without using fixed patterns or rhythms, just letting it all flow quite meditatively and free, as on "Un", or finding the right level in between, in a kind of post-boppish mode, where the rhythm section does drive things forward, and Sakata plays the most beautiful melodic lines, as in "That Day Of Rain." - Friendly Pants review on Free Jazz-Stef blog


* Jim O'Rourke-Akira Sakata Oyobare/Tetrodotoxin CD (Polystar, 2005)
* Jim O'Rourke-Akira Sakata Explosion CD (Polystar, 2006)
* Osorezan [Jim O'Rourke-Darin Gray-Chris Corsano] Mimidokodesuka CD (Polystar, 2006) / (LP/CD reissue: Drag City, 2008)
* Jitsuroku: Rengo Sekigun original soundtrack to the film by Koji Wakamatsu CD (Solid Records, 2008)
* Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi Friendly Pants CD (Shakaijin/Columbia, 2007) / (reissue: Family Vineyard, 2009)
* Makino Takahashi Still in Cosmos Video installation at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum (2009) 18min, color, sound by Jim O'Rourke with Chikamorachi
* Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi Live at Hungry Brain LP (Family Vineyard, 2011)
* Akira Sakata & Jim O'Rourke with Chikamorachi And That's the Story of Jazz 2CD (Family Vineyard, 2011)
* Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi with Yosuke Yamashita, Jim O'Rourke, & Michiyo Yagi Sora Wo TobuCD  (King Records, 2012)
* Akira Sakata-Jim O'Rourke-Merzbow-Chikamorachi Flying Basket CD/2LP (Family Vineyard, 2015)
* Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi with Masahiko Satoh Proton Pump CD/LP (Family Vineyard, 2017)

Individual Selected Discographies:
Chris Corsano
* Flaherty-Corsano Duo The Hated Music CD (Ecstatic Yod, 2001)
* Chris Corsano The Young Cricketer CDR (Hot Cars Warp, 2006) / LP reissue (Family Vineyard, 2008)
* Flower-Corsano Duo Radiant Mirror CD/LP (Textile, 2007)
* Björk Volta CD (One Little Indian/Atlantic, 2007)
* Jandek Manhattan Tuesday 2CD (Corwood 0788, 2007)
* Evan Parker-John Edwards-Chris Corsano A Glancing Blow CD (Portugal, 2007)
* Joe McPhee-Chris Corsano Under a Double Moon LP (Roaratorio, 2011)
* Rangda Formerly Extinct LP (Drag City, 2012)
* Mette Rasmussen-Paul Flaherty-Chris Corsano Star -Spangled Voltage LP (Hot Cars Warp, 2015)
* Vampire Belt Unfit Structures LP (Hermit Hut, 2015)
Darin Gray
* Dazzling Killmen "Killing Fever" 7inch (Skin Graft, 1990)
* Jim O'Rourke Bad Timing CD/LP (Drag City, 1997)
* Jim O'Rourke Halfway to a Threeway CD/LP (Drag City, 1998)
* Jim O'Rourke Eureka CD/LP (Drag City, 1999)
* Loren Mazzacane Connors and Darin Gray The Lost Mariner CD (Family Vineyard, 1999)
* Jim O'Rourke Insignificance CD/LP (Drag City, 2001)
* Darin Gray St. Louis Shuffle CD (Family Vineyard, 2002)
* Grand Ulena Gateway to Dignity (Family Vineyard, 2003)
* On Fillmore Sleeps with Fishes CD (Quakebasket, 2004)
* William Tyler Modern Country LP/CD (Merge, 2016)
* On Fillmore Happiness of Living LP/CD (Northern Spy, 2017)

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