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Chinese Pipa Music From The Classical Tradition

Chinese Pipa Music From The Classical Tradition

Ref: FSD2268a


Price: 11.99

"... a virtuoso player of the pipa (and no slouch on the guzheng zither), as ably displayed on this CD of time-worn compositions from back home. She shifts nimbly from sparse passages that allow the pipa? sharp tones to blossom and breathe, to blistering runs that, in their density, would make flamenco masters weep." - Montreal Mirror.



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Chinese Pipa Music From The Ancient To The Recent

Chinese Pipa Music From The Ancient To The Recent

Ref: FSD2269a


Price: 11.99

This CD (The Soul of Pipa, Vol. 2) is a veritable feast of alluring sounds, ranging from the eloquent and lyrical to the flamboyant and percussive. The varied soundscape produced by one player and one instrument is quite dazzling. Liu Fang's masterly technique (e.g. tremolo, delicate harmonics, lyrical tunes, and boisterous percussive effects), as well as the music itself -- which is based on short sections characterized by ever-changing tempos and dynamics - all evoke an improvised and exciting quality. ... Definitely a CD to enrich anyone's musical palette and provide a sample of China's rich musical heritage, ..." - The Wholenote Magazine



Pipa Music from Chinese Folk Roots

LIU FANG

Pipa Music from Chinese Folk Roots

Ref: FSD3201


Price: 11.99

10 pipa solo pieces performed by Liu Fang as part of her pipa series. This volume concentrates on various folk roots styles from different parts of China, including Yunan Province (southern China), Yinzhou pipa music (southeast China) Guangdong music (southern China) Shanxi Province (west China) and Xinjiang Province (northwest China). Exquisite performances from a true maestro.



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Emerging Lotus - Chinese Traditional Guzheng Music

Emerging Lotus - Chinese Traditional Guzheng Music

Ref: FSD2834a


Price: 11.99

The Guzheng (pronounced "Goo-Jeng") is a plucked zither, related to the Japanese koto, Vietnamese dan tranh and the Korean kayagum. It is one of the most ancient Chinese musical instruments dating back to at least the Qin dynasty (about 220 BC). The guzheng is made of a wooden sound body with strings arched across movable bridges and usually has between 21-25 strings.The guzheng has been a popular instrument since ancient times and is considered as one of the main chamber as well as solo instruments of Chinese traditional music. Liu Fang, already established as one of the world's leading pipa players, has recorded her first album of solo guzheng music. The twelve tracks are traditional pieces for guzheng and folk melodies from various areas of China. Beautifully recorded, fantastically played, the guzheng has long been a part of Liu Fang's live performances. Now at last her exquisite playing can be enjoyed on a CD of pure quality.

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Hinemosu

MICABOX feat.AYAKO TAKATO

Hinemosu

Ref: FSD2417


Price: 19.99


Released October 2006 on the Far Side label. On the album Hinemosu, Micabox combine ancient with modern Japan. Kagura (music for the gods) minyo (local folk) and other Oriental sounds are mixed with the cutting edge electronics of Toshimi Mikami, together with help from his mentor, the legendary Haruomi Hosono (ex-YMO) and superb female vocalist Ayako Takato. Hosono who mixed and adds additional sounds to this CD has been a pioneering musician in Japan for several decades, at the forefront of creating Japanese rock music with the group Happy End, technopop with his group Yellow Magic Orchestra (along with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Yukihiro Takahashi) world music and electronic dance music. Kagura "god music" is music and dance played at shrines, and is probably Japan's most ancient surviving music. It has its roots in acts of magic in worship of the gods inhabiting the forest and sea. Minyo are local Japanese folk songs of which literally thousands exist, from the far north of Hokkaido to the deep south of Okinawa. It wasn't until Mikami met female singer Ayako Takato in the Pan-Pacific Mongoloid Unit, a group run by Haruomi Hosono of which Mikami is also a member that Mikami had found a singer with the versatility to sing the tunes he had composed over a number of years. The album is a bit like a snapshot of today's Japan; where the grounds of an ancient, peaceful temple stands adjacent to the blazing neon of an advertising hoard. A curious mixture of the old and new, spiritual and hi-tech, serenity and chaos.

1. TOSHINOKAMI

The rhythm of this song is based on hayashi, a small band of percussionists used in local kagura and festival music. Hosono’s mix puts the emphasis on the bass and kick drum. The high tone flute used in kagura is here imitated on a keyboard, adding an eccentricity to the sound.

2. OKITAMA

Inspired by the god ‘Okitama’. Ayako’s voice creates a spiritual atmosphere, while Mikami adds a shamanic chant.

3. OIWAKE

Probably the song on the album with the strongest Haruomi Hosono identity and style.

4. HINEMOSU

Originally written in 1980s it finally metamorphosed into this version. Features the Balinese cymbal, ceng-ceng and the accordion, the sound inspired by the harmonium that accompanied late Pakistani qawaali master, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

5. TARCHO

‘Tarcho’ means the five colored printed prayer flag of Tibetan Buddhist chants. Contains a sample of the Tibetan horn.

6. MAMURO

This is an old minyo song called ‘Mamurogawa Ondo’. A radical modernized version of minyo, and a brilliant mix by Hosono, juxtaposing the vocal and rhythm.

7. ANATA NI AITAI

The intro is a sampled khaen. the Thai bamboo mouth organ used especially in northeast morlam. .Also contains the Japanese traditional flute mizubue, that imitates a bird’s singing.

8. HARETARA – come shine or come rain –

Evokes the image of the southeast Asian countryside. This arrangement has elements of New Orleans music and Japanese minyo.

9. TSUBAME- rice terrace dreaming

Again inspired by Thai morlam and other music from Isaan, the dry northeast region.

10. SEIREI NO SHIMA

Originally inspired by flowers blooming in the high Himalayas, after adding the sound of a metal zither and the Indonesian bamboo suling flute, the atmosphere changed more to that of a southern island.

11. NITE TRIPPER – OMOIGUSA

Urban atmosphere with an ether-vibe, very Hosono-like especially his album Swing Slow. The second part is a minyo inspired, based on the song Itsuki no Komoriuta.

12. TAKUHI

Starts off with hayashi percussion inspired by the kagura music called Oki Dozen Kagura from the Okinoshima islands in the Japan Sea. Ayako’s incredibly high voice adds to the unique sound. The title ‘Takuhi’ comes from the name of the shrine associated with Oki Dozen Kagura.

13. ARIAKE

Chill out tune, with Hosono adding interesting sounds at random.



Dub Ainu

OKI

Dub Ainu

Ref: CKR0107


Price: 9.99

'Oki's approach fuses reggae, Africana and electronica with Ainu folk melodies. The wistfully brittle sound of the tonkori (a long flat stringed instrument with an unfretted soundboard that produces mysterious overtones) on Dub Ainu may suggest kora, sometimes qin or guitar but generally it's like nothing you've ever heard before.' Steve Barker in Wire February 2005.

'A fascinating mix of old and new, sort of T Rex meets Horace Andy and Can in Hawaii.' Charlie Gillett

'A bugged out trippy affair distinct from any dub contemporaries we have come across.' Future World Funk in Straight no Chaser

'My tip for the top-it sounds like a polite oriental Bow Wow Wow. Great fun. (4 Stars)' Howard Male, Independent on Sunday

'Mesmeric acoustic grooves and assorted global influences. Odd...and out there.' Neil Spencer, The Observer.

'No holds barred having great fun stripping down the vocals, adding bits of reverb and pumping up the volume.' fRoots

'With rock 'n' roll attitude Oki Dub Ainu Band spun trance-like grooves with bass and side drum percussion.' Simon Broughton in Songlines




Tokyo Story

MIYAZAWA

Tokyo Story

Ref: FSCD1002


Price: 4.99

Kazufumi Miyazawa has been called the Japanese David Byrne, Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel rolled into one. On this Best of album, Miyazawa combines Brazilian music with Japanese and other Oriental influences, a version of his million selling Okinawan song Shima Uta plus western and dance oriented sounds. All with the help of a stellar cast of collaborators from around the world, including producers, Arto Lindsay and Hugh Padgham, musicians, Carlinhos Brown, Marcos Suzano, Max de Castro, Lenine, Takashi Hirayasu, Manu Katche and Dominic Miller with dancefloor remixes by Truby Trio and Monaural.

From Kofu, about seventy miles west of Tokyo, Miyazawa formed the Boom at the end of the 80s with school friends. Every Sunday, the group would head to so-called ‘Din Alley’, in fashionable Harajuku. The Boom latched onto post-punk; the Police, Two-Tone, early U2. Most bands never made it out of the street, but the Boom progressed to live clubs in the city and a major record deal. They made a couple of albums of ska inspired rock albums, soon gaining a large cult following. Then in 1993 came the Okinawan influenced single Shima Uta, (island songs) which went on to sell over a million and a half copies, popularizing Japan’s most exciting roots music and winning the Japanese equivalent of a Grammy that year.

Over the following years, Miyazawa expanded his horizons, travelling to and absorbing music from Indonesia, Jamaica, Cuba and particularly Brazil. Aware not to turn the Boom into his solo project and to preserve the group’s separate identity, Miyazawa decided to divide his creativity between the Boom and a solo career. In 1998 he released two solo albums, the first Sixteenth Moon was recorded in London with producer Hugh Padgham (Sting, Genesis) and also featured some of Sting's regular musicians Manu Katche on drums (also Peter Gabriel, Youssou N'Dour) and Dominic Miller (Sting) on guitar. The following Afrosick was recorded in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro, with some of the leading lights of Brazilian music including, Carlinhos Brown, Marcos Suzano and Lenine.

For his next album Deeper Than Oceans Miyazawa enlisted the help of producer and musician Arto Lindsay. This album was a culmination of Miyazawa’s global influences, especially Brazil, merging with the Western music he grew up with, recent dance trends, and the nearest roots music to home that he came to love, Okinawa.

The album was recorded at various locations around the world with a supporting cast of over forty musicians roughly divided between Brazilian and Japanese. Some of the Brazilian musicians who have previously worked with Arto Lindsay, include Moreno Veloso, while from Okinawa, the guests are Yoriko Ganeko and Takashi Hirayasu.

Aside to pursuing his musical career with the Boom and as a solo artist, the workaholic Miyazawa has been much in demand as a songwriter for other Japanese artists. On his fourth solo album Spiritek, he chose eleven songs he had originally written for other artists, to record himself. This CD contains three tracks from Spiritek.

Compiled specifically for overseas release, Tokyo Story introduces the work of one of Japan's most remarkable musicians of the last fifteen years. He is one of the greatest songwriters of his generation with his own set of unique influences, producing music with a distinctive Miyazawa stamp of quality.

1. Tokyo Story (Final Groove Edition)

from 'Miyazawa Sick'

2. Waishoh na Wakusei (The Dwarfish Planet)

from 'Afrosick'

3. Nampasen (A Wrecked Ship)

from 'Afrosick'

4. Snow in Uchinah

from 'Miyazawa'

5. 2 Continents

from 'Spiritek'

6. Capitã de Areia

from 'Miyazawa'

7. Piano

from 'Spiritek'

8. A Tango for Guevara and Evita (Trüby Trio Treatment)

from 'Miyazawa' and 'Deeper than Oceans'

9. Seven Days, Seven Nights

from 'Sixteenth Moon'

10. My Heart, My Soul, My Fear

from 'Sixteenth Moon'

11. Illusion (From Farther than Anybody Else)

from 'Afrosick'

12. Dareyorimo Tohku kara

from 'Spiritek'

13. Canción de la Isla (Shima Uta)

from 'Miyazawa Sick'

14. Chimuguri Utasha (monoaural mix)

from 'Miyazawa' and 'Deeper than Oceans'

15. Hyang Ju

from 'Sixteenth Moon'


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Palm Wine a Go Go

Abdul Tee-Jay

Palm Wine a Go Go

Ref: FSCD1001


Price: 4.99


Now just £4.99. The first release on the Far Side Music label, surprisingly, an album by an African musician! Abdul Tee-Jay from Sierra Leone, recorded in London, produced by Paul Fisher.



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Dari Sunda

DETTY KURNIA

Dari Sunda

Ref: FSD86


Price: 20.99

Originally released in 1991 in Japan, and re-released by the Far Side in association with Riverboat Records. Classic recording of Pop Sunda produced by Makoto Kubota. Born in Bandung, Sunda in 1960 Detty Kurnia is Indonesia's finest singer of pop sunda, that mixes traditional Sundanese music with western elements, the term coming into general usage at the beginning of the 1980s. Detty Kurnia started singing traditional music in her early childhood and made her first recording aged 11. She went on to sing what was to become known as pop sunda from the mid 1970s and became well known first locally before her fame spread to other areas of Indonesia, eventually recording over 150 albums. Dari Sunda became a popular album in Japan and Detty Kurnia performed at the inaugural WOMAD festival in Japan in 1991. Her mellifluous voice is still one of the most beautiful to ever emanate from Indonesia, and a match for anyone, in any genre in the world.



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