Syzygys (band)

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Syzygys is a Japanese organ-violin duo composed of Hitomi Shimizu on organ and Hiromi Nishida on violin. Formed in 1985, they play "microtonal pop music", specifically just intonation in the form of Harry Partch's 43-tone scale.[1][2] Nishida studied Arabic style violin with Abdo Dagir.

They have released albums on Tzadik Records, including Syzygys: Complete Studio Recordings (2003, Tzadik #7240).[3] György Ligeti's Syzygy for String Quartet is in just intonation, and he mentions their track "Fauna Grotesque" in a sketch.[1]


  1. ^ a b Louise Duchesneau, Wolfgang Marx (2011). György Ligeti: Of Foreign Lands and Strange Sounds, p.136. Boydell & Brewer. ISBN 9781843835509. "The music of Syzygys...which is based on Partch's 43-tone scale, remains an individual case.
  2. ^ (2003). Lesbenzeitschrift, Issues 26-30, p.44. Germany: Die. (in German).
  3. ^ "Microtonal Discography", Accessed: December 09 2016.

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