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Biwa Duo

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Biwa Duo

Ref: FSD7080


Price: 23.99

Second album from the biwa duo of Yukihiro Goto and Yuiko Mizushima. Goto plays Satsuma biwa and Mizushima Tsuruta biwa. Biwa is usually played solo, and different styles and different schools don't usually combine with eachother, but both of these players are intent on developing the music of the biwa for the next generation and creating a new sound. Biwa with a modern, funky groove.

1. Nasunoyoichi (from Heike Monogatari) 2. Ose Kangin Shu 3-9 Amaya no Oji Zensetsu 10. Kitamuratoya

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Biwa Duo

YUKIHIRO GOTO AND YUIKO MUZUSHIMA

Biwa Duo

Ref: FSD6308


Price: 20.99

First album by two biwa musicians from different schools, Yukihiro Goto who plays a four stringed Satsuma biwa and Yuko Mizushima who plays the Tsuruta School five string biwa. Recorded at a temple, the seven tracks include biwa playing, singing and story telling. Rather wonderful.

1. Shintokumaru - Noroi no Rokusun-kugi-uchi no Ba 2. Shintokumaru - Kaigan Yokokuhen 3. Shintokumaru - Kaigan 4. Utaeya Utae 5. Itsuki no Komoriuta 6. Heike-gani, Gion Shoja from The Tale of Heike 7. Tsuki no Fune



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Inochi

NORIKO YOSHINAGA

Inochi

Ref: FSD5621


Price: 22.99

Solo album from Satsuma biwa player (vocals, gin-ei, Satsuma biwa) who grew up listening to gin-ei, a type of traditional song or poem chant, from her parents who are both gin-ei artists. Fascinating songs, accompanied by shakuhachi, koto and other instruments.

1. Kokoro Ni Taiyou Wo Mote 2. Ai No Sekai Yori Osanai Hi Ha 3. Ai No Sekai Yori Uwa No Sora 4. Ai No Sekai Yori Koishitoyo 5. Ai No Sekai Yori Omoedo Omowanu 6. Ai No Sekai Yori Aisuru Koto Ha 7. Ai No Sekai Yori Kinuta 8. Watashi To Kotori To Suzu To 9. Ame Nimo Makezu Kaze Nimo Makezu 10. Shuufuugojougen(Ichi) 11. Shungyou 12. Kayaryou Wo Ou 13. Shuushi 14. Kousetsu 15. Kabuto 16. Satsumabiwa Honnouji 17. Ayakomai



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Michi no Ne

YUKIHIRO GOTO & AKIHITO OBAMA

Michi no Ne

Ref: FSD4531


Price: 25.99

Collaboration of Yukihiro Goto (biwa) and Akihito Obama (shakuhachi). They have gone back to the roots of the music, performing 'kadozuke' style, literally 'on the corner' - on the street, or in front of a store or house where potential donors are hopefully inside. These two performed together in New York and Los Angeles in 2008.



Inakanin no Uta

YUKIHIRO GOTO

Inakanin no Uta

Ref: FSD3760


Price: 25.99

Yukihiro Goto is a player of Satsuma biwa (pear shaped lute) one of the strongest biwa traditions from the deep south of Japan. Back in Medieval times, street biwa buskers (biwa hoshis') were a regular sight narrating epic tales accompanied by biwa. During the Edo period, biwa music flourished when biwa hoshis' played not just for the samurai classes but for the masses. In more recent times, there has been little development in biwa music, apart from preserving certain strands, until, that is, Yukihiro Goto. Born in 1960 Goto has developed new material and collaborated with a variety of musicians on different instruments. This album steers fairly close to the tradition, all inspired by epic tales, with only shakuhachi (bamboo flute) aside to Goto's dry vocals and expansive biwa playing. Four tracks. 1. Kiso Saigo 2. Kumagi no Uta 3. Ushiromuki 4. Waga Ko Wa Hatachini



Poetry of Japanese Ballads on Biwa

YUKIHIRO GOTO

Poetry of Japanese Ballads on Biwa

Ref: FSD3771


Price: 25.99

This was one of our favourite biwa albums when it came out in 1997, featuring Yukihiro Gota's biwa, plus accordion from Aki Tamura, shakuhachi from Retsuzan Tanabe and vocals from Chie Abe. It was one of the more experimental biwa albums that seemed to take the music into prevoiusly uncharted yet fascinating territory. Unfortunately the album became deleted but has recently resurfaced on a different label. Seven tracks with English liner notes. 1. Let's Sing 2. Chikubu-jima Blues 3. Hannya-Shingyo 2 4. Ubue 5. Black Hair 6. Ajisai 7. A Drunken Gay Plays Biwa.

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Koi Shite Nemure

YUKIHIRO GOTO

Koi Shite Nemure

Ref: FSD2506


Price: 25.99

Yukihiro Goto is a relatively young player of the satsuma biwa, one of Japan's oldest instruments. His playing is fantastic, with an original and experimental edge to it. His singing style is also his own, not sounding like a trained folk or traditional singer, but in an entertaining semi storytelling way, distinctly Japanese. Eight tracks of solo biwa and singing. Excellent.



Live - Biwa no Kokyo Kyushu o Kanaderu

YUKIHIRO GOTO

Live - Biwa no Kokyo Kyushu o Kanaderu

Ref: FSD1775


Price: 25.99

The excellent biwa player, who plays the Satsuma style (Kagoshima, southern Japanese) in excellent live recording.



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