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Yumi Kagura

SHIGEO TANAKA

Yumi Kagura

Ref: FSD7016


Price: 19.99

Yumi Kagura is a old form of kagura - music and dance for the gods. Shigeo Tanaka was a master of the yumi, a kind of bow that aside to firing arrows is a single string percussion instrument. Takusa Saimon based on the myth 'Amo no Iwato' is a mesmeric piece of music deeply rooted in tradition, with the yumi and Tanaka's vocals accompanied by flute and metal percussion. The CD bonus track Inagahachiman Jinja Yumi Kagura Hono was recorded in 2016 by Shigeo Tanaka's daughter, Ritsuko. Comes with English liner notes in 24 page booklet.

1. Takusa Saimon 2.Inagahachiman Jinja Yumi Kagura Hono



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New Wave of Japanese Traditional Music Vol.1 - Dawn, the 1980s.

VARIOUS ARTISTS

New Wave of Japanese Traditional Music Vol.1 - Dawn, the 1980s.

Ref: FSD6905


Price: 24.99

Hogaku is loosely defined as Japanese traditional music, including gagaku, shomyo, folk and classical styles, but not the music of Okinawa or the Ainu. Following the second world war, traditional Japanese music and western music, such as jazz and classical was increasingly combined and was called contemporary traditional music. From the 1980s a more experimental, sometimes minimalist genre emerged, which was called Hogaku New Wave. A series of four CDs charts this movement with classic tracks from the time. Volume 1 is the beginnings of this creative genre of music, with tracks that were influenced by the past and went on to influence the future.

1. Hideaki Kuribayashi- Shohin Ni Dai 2. Hideaki Kuribayashi- Emu 3. Seizan Ishigaki - Mukuge Ni 4. Katsuhiko Yoshizaki - Yukihana. 5. Katsuhiko Yoshizaki -Aika 6. John Kaizan Neptune - Go Soku Ju-san wa Ju-Hachi Ban 7. Katsutoshi Nagasawa - Hida no Yoseru Mittsu no Ballade 8. Katsutoshi Nagasawa - Futatsu no Denenshi


New Wave of Japanese Traditional Music Vol.2 - Flowering- the 1990s.

VARIOUS ARTISTS

New Wave of Japanese Traditional Music Vol.2 - Flowering- the 1990s.

Ref: FSD6906


Price: 24.99

On this volume of the Hogaku- Japanese traditional music- new wave retrospective are six tracks from the early 1990s featuring musicians and composers who were innovating the tradition and taking hogaku in new directions.

1. Katsuhiko Yoshizaki - Green Wind 2. Katsuhiko Yoshizaki - Setsugekka ni Yosete 3. Yutaka Makino - Haru no Umi Genso 4. Kazuhisa Otake - Yukiningyo no Yume 5. Kazuhisa Otake - Koto Kyosokyoku 6. Toshihiko Mizuno - Tofu Yakyoku


New Wave of Japanese Traditional Music Vol.3 - Plateau- the 1990s.

VARIOUS ARTISTS

New Wave of Japanese Traditional Music Vol.3 - Plateau- the 1990s.

Ref: FSD6907


Price: 24.99

Compositions and performances from the late 1990s by leading contemporary koto performers and composers including Katsuhiko Yoshizaki, Shingo Edo and Yutaka Makino.

1. Katsuhiko Yoshizaki - Kaze ni Kike Part 2. Katsuhiko Yoshizaki - Gekka Bijin 3. Yutaka Makino - Henkyoku Kinuta 4. Toshihiko Mizuno - Miraika 5. Toshihiko Mizuno - Sakura 21 6. Yoshihisa Sato - Tsukikyo no Mai 7. Yoshihisa Sato - Giniro no Tsubasa ni Notte 8. Shingo Edo - Yagibushi Scherzo


 New Wave of Japanese Traditional Music Vol.4 - Mature- the 2000s.

VARIOUS ARTISTS

New Wave of Japanese Traditional Music Vol.4 - Mature- the 2000s.

Ref: FSD6908


Price: 24.99

The final volume focuses on music made in the 2000s by Japan's leading contemporary traditional musicians and composers.

1. Shingo Edo - Umidori no Uta 2. Toshiya Mizukawa - Axis 3. Katsuhiko Yoshizaki - Genka 4. Katsuhiko Yoshizaki - Gradation 5. Katsuhiko Yoshizaki - Yousei Elf 6. Seihou Kikushige - Keikyo 7. Toshihiko Mizuno - Kurenai no Mahojin


New Wave of Traditional  Music - Vols. 1-4

VARIOUS ARTISTS

New Wave of Traditional Music - Vols. 1-4

Ref: FSD6909


Price: 89.99

All four of the above CDs in the New Wave Tradional Music series.



Kankara Song 3 - Kago no Tori, Tottori Shunyo wo Utau

TAISUKE OKA

Kankara Song 3 - Kago no Tori, Tottori Shunyo wo Utau

Ref: FSD6857


Price: 14.99

Latest in the kankara (Okinawan tin can sanshin) series of albums performing century old songs. On this album Oka covers the songs of influential violin enka-shi Shunyo Tottori (1900-1932) Also features regular collaborators Hiroaki Kobayashi on rappa nikko, the two stringed fiddle, Takero Sekijima (tuba), Kanji Nakao (clarinet), Maya Kasahara (piano), Tomosuke Tajima (drums). The real Japanese folk roots.

1. Kaiho Bushi 2. Kago no tori 3. Vu~enisu no fune-uta 4. Sutare mono 5. Hatosongu 6. Midori-bushi 7. Sutoton-bushi 2015 8. Tairyo-bushi 9. Tamaransongu 10. Horohoro setsu 11. Yakko-ra ya no ya 12. Yo wa ochiru 13. Daite neru 14. Sasurai 15. Omoide shita



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Soeda Azenbo & Chido's Enka Vol. 2 (2 CDs)

TOSHI TSUCHITORI

Soeda Azenbo & Chido's Enka Vol. 2 (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD6824


Price: 32.99

Second volume by percussionist Toshi Tsuchitori of the music of balladeer and political activist Azembo Soeda (1872-1944) and his son Chido Soeda (1902-1980). Azembo was one of Japan's first mainstream entertainers, popular among the masses in pre-war Japan. He created enka songs, sung by farmers and factory workers alike, expressing thoughts and commenting about the issues of the day such as class conflict and racial attitudes to other Asian countries. This album and its predecessor was inspired by his late wife Harue Momoyama, a shamisen player and singer who studied under Chido, detailing each song. Toshi used these notes for this album. 2 CDs, 27 tracks.

CD1.

1. Tottoite Bushi 2. Chidori Bushi 3. Shika no Uta 4. Shin Dondon Bushi 5. Amujo (Ojisan Kakushite) 6. Shin Fukugawa Bushi 7. Ikiteru Song 8. Rodomondai no Uta 9. Heiwa Bushi 10. Shin Tonyare Bushi 11. Shin Wakaranai Bushi 12. Shin Baka no Uta 13. Shin Noe Bushi

CD2

1. Chosa Bushi 2. Berabo no Uta 3. Beatori Ane-Chan 4. Shokugyo Fujin no Uta 5. Kanekane 6. Midori Bushi 7. Omoide Shita 8. Sekishu 9. Miracle Song 10. Yokohama Kouta 11. Apasshu no Uta 12. Maruyama Kouta 13. Ame wa Shikirini 14. Showa nonki Bushi

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Wasabi 2

WASABI

Wasabi 2

Ref: FSD6738


Price: 22.99

Wasabi are a quartet of four young traditional musicians, who aim to grow the appeal of Japanese traditional music overseas and with young people in Japan. Shamisen player, Ryoichiro Yoshida has already successfully been doing this as one half of the Yoshida Brothers, and Wasabi is a kind of extension of the duo, adding other traditional instruments, and playing traditional songs in an exciting way, while creating an image as a band that goes against the stuffy traditional music world. The tsugaru shamisen and taiko drums are from the 'folk' world, whereas koto and shakuhachi are mostly from the classical world. They have already performed in several countries around the world to great acclaim. Ryoichiro Yoshida (shamisen), Hiromu Motonaga (shakuhachi), Shin Ichikawa (koto), Naosaburo Bihou (taiko)

1. Bright 2. Eleven 3. Gurizaiyu No Sora 4. Hyaku Ya Tsuki 5. Shigure 6. Aoi 7. Kokuhaku 8. Miraikanata



commmons : schola vol.14 Ryuichi Sakamoto Selections: Traditional Music in Japan (with 128 page booklet)

VARIOUS ARTISTS

commmons : schola vol.14 Ryuichi Sakamoto Selections: Traditional Music in Japan (with 128 page booklet)

Ref: FSD6716


Price: 59.99

Compiled by Ryuichi Sakamoto seventeen various traditional, roots and folk music from Japan such as Gagaku, Noh, Kyogen, Ningyo Joruri, Ainu music, Minyo, Kagura and other religious music. Comes with notes written by Yoshiko Kojima (in Japanese) one of the authorities on Japanese traditional music. Comes with 128 page booklet.

1. Kodo Uesugi (Ishibue) / Kodaibue no tameno Saishi Vol.3 Kishin Shoshin no Gi

2. Toroshino Kaizawa, Misa Kaizawa, Hagi Kaizawa, Iwa Kaizawa, Asano Kaizawa, Kayo Nitani, Yone Akita, Tsuya Mikami / Ainu Minyo Kamui Upopo

3. Hamada Kiichi I / Hokkaido Minyo Esashi Oiwake, Maeuta

4. Take Kagura Hozonkai / Iwate Take Kagura, Gokoku no Mai

5. Edo Kiyari Kenkyukai & Masagoro Yamaguchi / Edo Kiyari Edo Hikeshi Dehajime Shiki Kiyari, Donshome

6. Ecchu Owara Bushi Hozonkai / Hokuriku Minyo Ecchu Owara Bushi

7. Mamoru Nakase / Miyazaki Minyo Aki Bushi

8. Sadao China (vo,sanshin), Suekichi Matsuda (taiko), Yasuko Miyasato, Misako Koja, Yukino Hiyane (hayashi), Minako Miyazato (sanba) / Okinawa Minyo Ikei hanare Bushi, Tanchamae

9. Hososho Daihonzan Yakushiji Temple / Nara Yakushiji Temple Hanaeshiki no Shomyo

10. Gyoshun Ogawa / Mousou Biwa Chishinkyo

11. Reigakusha / Gagaku Kangen

12. Daigoro Fujita (fue), Nobuyoshi Ko (kotsuzumi), Haruo Yasufuku (ohtsuzumi), Souemon Konparu (taiko) / Nohgaku Bayashi Shishi

13. Koshijidayu Takemoto V (joruri), Kizaemon Nozawa II (shamisen) / Gidayu Bushi Meido no Hikyaku from 'Fuingiri no Dan'

14. Kinshi Tsuruta (Satsuma biwa Tsuruta Shcool) / Satsuma Biwa Honnouji

15. Fumon Kaido / Shakuhachi Honcho

16. Shin Miyashita (koto) / Sokyoku Mittsu no Dansho Vol.1, 3

17. Sukeyasu Shiba , Mami Tsunoda (ryuteki), Kei Yaoya, Hitomi Nakamura (hichiriki, oh-hichiriki), Mayumi Miyata, Ko Ishikawa (sho), Kazuko Takada (sangen, vo), Hiroe Yonekawa (koto, vo), Yumiko Tanaka (futozao shamisen), Kojun Arai, Koshin Ebihara (shomyo), Kishiko Suzumi (viola), Hiroshi Yamazaki, Makoto Yamamoto (holn), Toshi Kamiya, Hideki Yamashita (trombone), Sumire Yoshiwara, Toshiyuki Matsukura (percussions), Yuji Takahashi (computer) / Ongaku no Oshie, Fukyo Furai no Engi



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Vocalo Zanmai

WAGAKKI BAND

Vocalo Zanmai

Ref: FSD6505


Price: 15.99

Visual-Kei style band plays Japanese traditional, minyo and rock. Musicians are Yuko Suzuhana (vocal), Seiji Ibukuro (koto), Daisuke Kaminaga (shakuhachi). Beni Ninagawa (Tsugaru shamisen), Kokuryu (wadaiko), Machiya (guitar), Asa (bass) and Wasabi (drums). Good at what they do, dynamic performances on a mix of Japanese traditional and western instruments. Have been receiving acclaim from around the world. Covers of vocaloid (digital vocalist) tracks such as Hatsune Miku. Sounds rather like J-pop meets Japanese traditional.

1. Tengaku 2. Setsuna Trip 3. Yoshiwara Lament 4. Kageroudays 5. Nijiro Chouchou 6. Iroha Uta 7. Rokucho Nen to Ichiya Monogatari 8. Tsuki Kage Mai Ka 9. Episode. 0 10. Shinkai Shoujou 11. Noushou Sakuretsu Girl 12. Senbon Zakura



Wariki

AKIRA KATOGI, SHUNSUKE KIMURA, ETSURO ONO, KUNIKO OBINA

Wariki

Ref: FSD6422


Price: 14.99

Four musicians from different traditions in unique combination. Akira Katogi was a member of taiko group Ondekoza, while Etsuro Ono and Shinsuke Kimura are an acclaimed shamisen duo. Kuniko Obina is a well known koto player.



Bamboo from Asia

TAKASHI SEKIGUCHI, TAKASHI KOGO, YUTAKA WATANABE, MASAKI YOSHIMI

Bamboo from Asia

Ref: FSD6432


Price: 14.99

Bamboo from Asia are a group of Japanese musicians who, who as you might expect, play different bamboo instruments, from Japan, India, Indonesia, Thailand, China and other countries. They made their first record back in 1993, and this is only their third full album. It was well worth the wait and this is a high quality concoction of sounds, beautifully played and recorded. One of the few and best attempts to combine traditional instruments from eastern Asia together to form a coherant sound. Listen to samples of all nine tracks.



Ryu no Koe (The Echo of Dragon Singing)

KAZUNARI ABE

Ryu no Koe (The Echo of Dragon Singing)

Ref: FSD6440


Price: 19.99

First album from shinobue (flute) player who was a member of taiko group Kodo for 14 years. Abe also plays nohkan flute and taiko, and is accompanied by shamisen and piano.

1. Ishizuchi 2. Relation 3. The Echo of Dragon Singing 4. Border 5. Misaka Mago-uta 6. Komatsu-bayashi 7. Eternity 8. Lullaby for Ryuta



Nichijou-no-naka-no-Hinichijou  (The Extraordinary In The Daily Life)

NOLENNIU DE OSSI

Nichijou-no-naka-no-Hinichijou (The Extraordinary In The Daily Life)

Ref: FSD6441


Price: 16.99

NolenNiu-de-Ossi are a slightly wacky, highly entertaining duo playing traditional Japanese and western instruments featuring Yasushi Kita (guitar, shamisen, vocals) and Toruko on piano, accordion and vocals. Their name comes from an old Japanese proverb meaning, 'pushing through a curtain that has no resistance' which they interpret as 'going their own way'. Rhythmical, melodic and great fun. This is a live album, recorded in Nara on 27th July 2013, and features Takashi Toshimori on mandolin and nohkan flute player Kazunari Abe (ex Kodo).

1. Moyuru-aosa, kokoro-ni-doku-wo 2. Susuki-ni-kakurete 3. Nishi-wo-mezashite 4. Koji-gakure 5. Sekibetsu-no-uta 6. Rakuen-no-kyoukaisen 7. Hyakunichi-sou 8. Kori-no-souretsu 9. Shinchu-circus 10. Danshi-setsuna 11. Ookami-henge



Insho

SHUNSUKE KIMURA

Insho

Ref: FSD6433


Price: 14.99

Project featuring Shunsuke Kimura (shamisen) with Shingo Ikegami (koto, kokyu) and Kuniko Obina (koto). Superb album of contemporary roots music with violin, percussion, and a variety of moods and sounds. Listen to samples of all 10 tracks.



Echoes of Mountain

SATOSHI NAKAMURA, YUTAKA WATANABE, MASA OYA

Echoes of Mountain

Ref: FSD6436


Price: 9.99

Collaboration of Satoshi Nakamura (saxophone), Yutaka Watanabe (shakuhachi) and guitarist Masa Oya and featuring piano too. Mostly gentle, lilting melodies. Five tracks.



Hyarari

TATARA TOKI, KEI MATSUO, YU HATAKEYAMA

Hyarari

Ref: FSD6437


Price: 14.99

Features shinobue (Japanese flute) player Toki Tatara, with another flute player Kei Matsuo and also features percussionist Yu Hatakeyama. 10 tracks. Listen to samples.



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The Flower of Sounds Japanese Flavor

NAOMI KOIZUMI

The Flower of Sounds Japanese Flavor

Ref: FSD6362


Price: 26.99

First album from fue/shinobue player Naomi Koizumi, on which she plays traditional Japanese lullabies and lyrical songs accompanied by a mixture of Japanese and Western instruments played by Keita Orimoto (koto, seventeen stringed koto, shakuhachi), Tsuyoshi Omachi (violin), Atsuko Tsuji (piano), Toshiya Kasamatsu (contrabass) and Ryoko Yamamoto (taiko).

1. Ryomei 2. Shunma 3. Sakura no Mukou 4. Matsuri 5. Hana no Michi 6. Mori no Izumi 7. Aoi Mori, Takeda no Komoriuta Henso-kyoku 8. Takeda no Komoriuta



The Flower of Sounds - Western Flavor

NAOMI KOIZUMI

The Flower of Sounds - Western Flavor

Ref: FSD6361


Price: 26.99

Second album from fue/shinobue (flute) player Naomi Koizumi. On this album she plays her own original tunes, minyo and popular songs with a Western music style arrangement. She is accompanied by five musicians Keita Orimoto (koto, seventeen stringed koto, shakuhachi), Tsuyoshi Omachi (violin), Atsuko Tsuji (piano),Toshiya Kasamatsu (contrabss) and Ryoko Yamamoto (taiko, piano).

1. Rin 2. Amami no Tsuki 3. Akizora Sanpo 4. Ohirune 5. Londonderry Song 6. White Dragon 7. Tinsagu no Hana


J-Classic 2

AUN-J CLASSIC ORCHESTRA

J-Classic 2

Ref: FSD6253


Price: 23.99

Fifth album of Aun-J Classic Orchestra, eight top musicians playing Japanese traditional instruments. Each musician brings a composition to this album. Members are Ryohei Inoue (taiko), Kohei Inoue (taiko, shamisen, fue), Hide (narimono, taiko), Hideki Onoe (shamisen), Hideki Ishigaki (shakuhachi), Michiko Yamada (fue), Shin Ichikawa and Azumi Yamano (17 stirings koto).

1. Ran 2. Sakura Komichi 3. Oriental Journey 4. Ocean 5. Shiroi Tsuioku 6. Trick Star 7. Savannah 8. Renu 9. Go West 53


Tokyo Cuban Boys on  Stage - Japanese Traditional Songs

MISAGO TADAAKI & HIS TOKYO CUBAN BOYS

Tokyo Cuban Boys on Stage - Japanese Traditional Songs

Ref: FSD6169


Price: 24.99

Originally released in 1972. Cuban jazz versions of famous Japanese traditional tunes. Features Kohachiro Miyata on shakuhachi and Tadao Sawai on koto.

1. Sakura Sakura 2. Kariboshikiri Uta 3. Shika no Tone 4. Yagi Bushi 5. Genroku Hanami Odori 6. Esashi Oiwake 7. Rokudan 8. Awa Odori



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Hana no Utage

RIKA ONO

Hana no Utage

Ref: FSD6049


Price: 26.99

Second album from fue player who learnt shinbobue and nokan from Hiroyuki Koinuma and Isso Yukimasa from the Isso school of nokhan. From solo to ensemble, with some hayashi percussion. Other musicians include Saburo Mochizuki (kotsuzumi, taiko) Hiromi Kaneko (fue) Narumi Takizawa (nohkan), Osamu Kobayakawa (noh vocals)

1. Yuki 2. Hana no Utage 3. Sasayaki 4. Chugoku Chiho no Komori Uta 5. Miyagi Nagamochi Uta ni Yosete 6. Oedo no Shishi 7. Hitori 8. Mei 9. Tsuki Kagura 10. Senshuraku


Ichimen no Nano Hana

AKIKO NISHIGATA AND OTHERS

Ichimen no Nano Hana

Ref: FSD6047


Price: 27.99

Various artists including acclaimed shamisen player Akiko Nishigata, on compositions written by Hiroki Tamaki. Aside to Akiko Nishigata other musicians include Hiroki Tamaki (violin) Chieko Fukunaga (koto), Kiyomi Ishigaki (koto, 17 stringed koto, shamisen) Kifu Mihashi (shakuhachi) and Tetsuya Nozawa (shamisen)

1. Ichimen no Nano Hana. 2. Sakura Fantasy 3. Hamabe no Uta 4. Jawari 5. Tango-Akiko 6. Shiki no Uta 7. Meikyu 8. Neko?


Saki Mitama Kushi Mitama (2 CDs)

TOSYA KISHO

Saki Mitama Kushi Mitama (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD5971


Price: 29.99

Quite a project this one. Kisho Tosya is a yokobue (flute) player, who apart from being an acclaimed traditional musician, likes to push the boundaries by playing with DJ Kentaro among others. On this album Tosya has written the music, with lyrics by Takashi Matsumoto, once of the group Happy End, and one of the most celebrated lyricists of Japanese pop music. There are some readings too by Kabuki actor Somegoro Ichikawa and actress Mayumi Wakayama. The music though is the main thing, performed by several great traditional musicians such as Hozan Yamamoto and Eitetsu Hayashi and nagauta singer Tosei Kineya.

CD1

1. Kuni Zukuri 2. Ama Terasu Ookami to Susano-o 3. Ama no Iwayato 4. Yamata no Orochi

CD2

1. Inaba no Shiro-usagi 2. Ne no Kuni 3. Nunakawa Hime 4. Suseri Bime 5. Sakimitama Kushimitama



Sakusyaku

YUKIHIRO ISSO TRIO

Sakusyaku

Ref: FSD5947


Price: 27.99

Trio featuring fue/shinobue (flute) player Yukihiro Isso with guitarist Natsuki Kido and tabla player Masaki Yoshimi. Mixture of sounds and styles from traditional to modern from three fantastic musicians.

1. Kaeshi Syakugami 2. Lasoratonbi 3. Magotaro 4. Tatebue Ranbu no Jyo 5. Semariku Honho 6. Chigo-mai 7. Tunobue Sokkyoukyoku no. 3 8. Ranjyo Mejiha 9. Ten wo Kakeru Kaze


Breathing Media - Ryuichi Sakamoto Presents Sonority of Japan (2 CDs)

TAMAMI TONO

Breathing Media - Ryuichi Sakamoto Presents Sonority of Japan (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD5863


Price: 39.99

Tomomi Tono is a leading player of the sho, the free reed instrument used in gagaku, an ancient traditional music of Japan. She has played on three of Sakamoto's albums, Gohatto, Out of Noise and Inochi and contributed to the Haruomo Hosono tribute album. Tono has created a performance called Breathing Media, exploring the capability of the sho as a sound media that synchronizes the natural reflex of breathing using sensors that are activated by the sho. On this album she performs one of the greatest gagaku pieces Choshi. Produced by and includes one remix by Sakamoto.

Disc 1:

1. Ichikotsu Chou 2. Sou Jou 3. Oushiki Chou 4. Hyou Jou

Disc 2:

1. Banshiki Chou 2. Taishiki Chou 3. Zoge no Sho ni yoru 'Hyou Jou' 4. Taishiki Chou remixed by Ryuichi Sakamoto



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Tekerett Tsunopa (2 CDs)

REIKA FUYOUKEN

Tekerett Tsunopa (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD5770


Price: 34.99

Now rare recordings of female rokyoku star from before and after the war. This album compiles all her reordings she made for Japan Mercury in the 1950s.

Disc 1

1. Rokyoku Tanko Bushi 2. Rokyoku Nanjara Hoi 3. Rokyoku Kusatsu Bushi 4. Rokyoku Oiran Bushi 5. Toukai Garasu 6. Hahagoi Garasu 7. Tone no Watashimori 8. Ohanami Dontaku 9. Naniwa Rappa Bushi 10. Bara to Meshiba 11. Isobushi Chappo 12. 'Nanto Moushimashouka' Umai Mondesune 13. Rokyoku Nooe Bushi 14. Tadaharu Kunisada 15. Konjiki Yasha 16. Tsukigata Hanpeita 17. Tsubozaka 18. Rokyoku Madoros 19. Izumo Musume 20. Entotsu san

Disc 2

1. Hietsuki Monogatari 2. Itsuki no Komoriuta 3. Kuroda Bushi 4. Otemoyan


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That's Rokyoku Show (2 CDs)

SAKON MIYAGAWA SHOW

That's Rokyoku Show (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD5768


Price: 34.99

Sakon Miyagawa Show were a humorous rokyoku trio from Osaka, featuring Sako Miyagawa, Kazuo Matsushima and Teruo Akatsuki. This is their complete album, the 4 tracks from their two albums recorded in the 1970s on CD1 and 13 kayokyoku (pop) tracks by Matsushima and Akatsuki and an unreleased live recording by Sakon Miyagawa Show.

CD1

1. Tochuuken Un-uemon 2. Hana no Kodokan 3. Denchu Matsu no Rouka 4. Bushi no Nasake

CD2

1. Mabuta no Haha 2. Ah Oyaji San 3. Kokoro no Sakazuki 4. Baka na Aitsu 5. Ninkyo no Hanamichi 6. Jinsei Meototabi 7. Ninkyo-do 8. Shigarami Jingi 9. Arima Bojo 10. Omoide no Yado 11. Nakimushi Yowamushi Haha Koishi 12. Tabisugata Kobe-kou 13. Tokushima no Onna 14. Shintaro San


Wa Cafe - Summer Songs on Japanese Instruments

WARAKU ENSEMBLE

Wa Cafe - Summer Songs on Japanese Instruments

Ref: FSD5756


Price: 21.99

Japanese summer songs from the pop and traditional (minyo and nagauta) music worlds, performed by the Waraku Ensemble playing various Japanese traditional instruments such as shakuhachi, fue, koto, shamisen, kokyu and taiko. Music for a Japanese cafe, or tea house. Includes extensive English liner notes. Recommended.

1. Shounen-jidai (Boyhood) 2. Natsumatsuri (Summer Festival) 3. Etchu Owara Bushi 4. Natsu-iro (Summer Colours) 5. Manatsu No Kajitsu (Midsummer Fruit) 6. Dou-you Medley (Nursery Rhyme Medley) 7. Roman Hikou (Romantic Flight) 8. Hanabi (Fireworks) 9. Nagisa No Balcony (Seaside Balcony) 10. Ride On Time 11. Season In The Sun



The Ultimate Sound Souvenir from Kyoto

VARIOUS

The Ultimate Sound Souvenir from Kyoto

Ref: FSD5757


Price: 21.99

Kyoto was the centre of Japanese culture for about 1000 years, from 794 until 1869, when the Imperial Palace relocated to Tokyo. This is an album that guides you through the city of Kyoto, the scenery, the changing of the seasons and the rich atmosphere of the old capital. Well known Japanese traditional tunes from different genres, played on shamisen, koto, kokyu, shakuhachi and shinobue. Includes unusual arrangments of 'Sakura' and 'Haru no Umi'. Comes with English and French liner notes.

1. Six Variations On The Theme `sakura` 2. Gosho No Oniwa / Imperial Palace Garden 3. Gion Kouta / Song Of Gion 4. Saga No Aki / Autumn Of Saga 5. Kyo No Shiki / Four Seasons Of Kyoto 6. Gosho-guruma / Imperial Cart 7. Gion-bayashi / Percussion Ensemble Of Gion 8. Kyo No Daibuttsan / Great Buddha Of Kyoto 9. Haru No Umi / The Sea Of Spring


Sayaka

JIRO MURAYAMA

Sayaka

Ref: FSD5703


Price: 26.99

Shinobue player who debuted in 1989 as a member of Kodo and formed his own group Lebun Kamuy in 1991. Since then he's performed at various places such as shrines, sake breweries, schools and galleries, collaborating with many artists beyond Japanese roots and traditional music. This album features Mongolian morin khuur, Korean changgo, a Thai gong, Japanese koto and other Asian instruments and top Japanese musicians from the worlds of flamenco, Latin, rock, jazz and taiko music.

1. Shar Talin Tsetseg, Mandakh Nar 2. Sayaka 3. Ou Ou 4. Izuko 5. Fue-rute 6. Kangetsu 7. Michi 8. Tanokansaa 9. Shibuki 10. Sakuyahime


Lebun Kamuy

LEBUN KAMUY

Lebun Kamuy

Ref: FSD5700


Price: 25.99

Group formed in 1991 by former kodo member Jiro Murayama, and shinobue player, a traditional bamboo flute. Shinobue, plus the taiko of Shuichi Hadano, also ex-Kodo, are accompanied by guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion and drums in early 90s Japanese roots music / jazz crossover. Superb musicianship on album released in 1991, a time when Japanese roots music was going through quite a metamorphis with exciting updates.

1. Matsu no Mai 2. Kokiriko Bushi 3. Shima Kami 4. Milky Way 5. Beyond the Horizon 6. Matsuri Daiko 7. Nonno Pirka Nay Pirka



Lebun Kamuy 2

LEBUN KAMUY

Lebun Kamuy 2

Ref: FSD5701


Price: 25.99

Lebun Kamuy's second album from 1999. Shinobue flute accompanied by guitar, bass and drums on mostly traditional folk songs. These include Kon Go Sho, based on the Onikenbai (sword dance) of Kitakami in Iwate prefecture, and Tora-mai based on the Hibuse no Toramai, the fire fighting tiger dance of Nakamiida Machi of Miyagi prefecture. Great album of inventive roots music.

1. Hama no Tsukimiso 2. Kon Go Sho 3. Tora-Mai 4. Amur 5. Ma-Ho-Ra 6. Re Ra 7. Jungle-totto



Lebun Kamuy 3

LEBUN KAMUY

Lebun Kamuy 3

Ref: FSD5702


Price: 25.99

Another excellent album, originally released in 2001, by the group formed by shinobue player Jiro Murayama. Probably the most mature of the Lebun Kamuy albums, with a distinct sound, rather than a jazz/roots mixture. Shinobue plus guitars, mandolin, ukulele, bass, drums and percussion.

1. Gassan 2. Sawauchi Jinku 3. The Siesta of Gongen 4. Shion 5. Yay-sama 6. Tsugaru Nebuta Bayashi 7. Ichiban Mikoshi 8. I-tsu-ku-shi-ki



Bamboo Songs

YASUKAZU KANOU

Bamboo Songs

Ref: FSD5620


Price: 20.99

Veteran shinobue (flute) player's first cover album, of both Japanese and Western songs. Shinobue accompanied by piano, on an album of easy listening music.

1. Akatonbo 2. Scarborough Fair 3. Amazing Grace 4. Norweigan Wood 5. Miagete Goran Yoru No Hoshi Wo 6. Nanatsu No Ko 7. You Raise Me Up 8.9. Hotaru Koi 10. Takeda No Komoriuta 11. Nada Sousou 12. Mononoke Hime 13. Hamabe No Uta


Daruma San Ga Koronda

HINOKI-YA, THE TRAVELLING BAND

Daruma San Ga Koronda

Ref: FSD5607


Price: 20.99

Hinokiya Travelling Band's album of songs for both children and adults. Vocals by Hiroshi Watanabe, guitarist and vocalist of the band. Other members are Naoto Soga (shinobue, harmonica), Megumi Shimada (taiko, vocal), Makiko Amemiya (percussion).

1. Mata Atono Matsuri 2. Zuttsuki Bushi 3. Darumasan ga Koronda 4. Atono Matsuri 5. Shupopo 6. Zeikin Ondo 7. Anata Hyaku made Watasha Kyu-ju-kyu made 8. Tokkan Koji 9. Buffalo 10. Ano Hi


The Moon in Balkan

NAOTO SOGA

The Moon in Balkan

Ref: FSD5606


Price: 20.99

Solo album by Naoto Soga (shinobue, harmonica) a key member of Hinokiya Traveling Band inspired by Hinokiya's European tours from 2007 to 2009.

1. Plathome 2. Bamba 3. Kyokai no Kane no Oto 4. Angelica 5. Michikusa 6. Tenku no Tori 7.Fune 8. Tsukiakari no Buna 9. Salaebo 10.Sakaba 11. Yoru no Ame 12. Mudai 13. Asa to Yoru no Sakaime wa Dokoni aru 14. Tasogaren 15. Leon Eki 16. Platanus no Ki 17. Okhotsk


Classic Zamurai

SUGI-CHAN & TEPPEI

Classic Zamurai

Ref: FSD5605


Price: 23.99

Fascinating CD by piano player Tetsuro Sugiura and violin player Teppei Okada. They play classical masterpieces with their unique interpretation themed on Bakumatsu, the final years of the Edo period between 1853 and 1869 when there were many changes in Japanese society. Other musicians are Sho Asano (Tsugaru shamisen), Akito Kohama (shakuhachi), Yuji Nishihara (sho, hichiriki), Azumi Yamano (koto), Senrai (taiko, Tsugaru shamisen). All in all an unusual album that succesfully combines traditional Japanese elements with Western classical music, all played brilliantly by these musicians.

1. Hotoke yo Hito no Nozomi no Yorokobi yo (J.S.Bach) 2. Hokushin Itto-ryu no Mai (Khachaturian) 3. Jokyoku 'Abarenbo Shogun' - For Rossini (Rossini) 4. Yubiuchi Kenban Kirisute Gomen - Type Writer (Anderson) 5. Kuroiro no Kami no Otome (Debussy) 6. Nihon Bukyoku Dai Goban (Brahms) 7. Mubanso 'Ippatsu' Paltita (Brahms) 8. Jajamaru Kyoso-kyoku (Vivaldi) 9. Daijinden Hizan 10. Tenrankai no Ukiyoe (Mussorgsky) 11. Ettenraku Koshin-kyoku (Wagner) 12. La Tsugaru Jonganela (Paganini) 13. Borero (Ravel) 14. Yoake no Ato



Kakumei

TELNOSUKE

Kakumei

Ref: FSD5416


Price: 20.99

Telnosuke is a player of the hichiriki, a double reed instrument mainly used in ancient gagaku or court music. Telnosuke plays his along to rather cheesy programmed beats, which has apparently earned him worldwide acclaim. We're not sure on that last bit though.

1. Somare, Red ni...Shibuya 2. Atsui Omoi ni Toki yo Modore 3. Yesterday - Mauritania no Sabaku 4. Arigato Tancho no Hikari 5. Deai wa Fuyu...Genji Monogatari 6. Sayonara - Omoide wa Takaramono 7. Horoyoi 8. Wing of us - Oo Hichiriki Kekkon Kyoso-kyoku


Nihon no Matsuri Fue Kiko

JIRO MURAYAMA

Nihon no Matsuri Fue Kiko

Ref: FSD5310


Price: 25.99

Shinobue (transverse bamboo flute) player and ex Kodo member, Jiro Murayama, plays matsuri bayashi (folk music of festivals) from ten different places in Japan. Murayama plays not only fue (flutes) but all other instruments including taiko drums and kane (bell). Impressive album.

1. Oyama Sankei Tozan Bayashi 2. Hachinoe Enburi Mtasu no Mai, Tori 3. Daiku-cho Dai Kagura, Miya Kagura 4. Chichibu Yatai Bayashi 5. Yumigahama Minato no Matsuridaiko 6. Hitoichi Bon-odori - Sansho Odori, Daidaizuku Odori, Kitasaka Odori, Sansho Odori 7. Awa Odori Sawaki Bayashi 8. Yagi Bushi Bon Odori 9. Kishiwada Danjiri Bayashi - Neriashi, Namiashi, Kizami 10. Yunoo Kami no Mai Ichiban no Mai 11. Oyama Sankei Shimoyama Bayashi



Japanese Cafe Music

WARAKU ENSEMBLE

Japanese Cafe Music

Ref: FSD5286


Price: 21.99

Japanese pop songs played on traditional instruments such as shakuhachi, koto, fue, kokyu and various percussion instruments. Trouble is probably J-pop fans won't like it and neither will anyone who likes traditional music. On the plus side a couple of tracks do actually work reasonably well. Comes with English liner notes.

1. Sakura-zaka 2. Cherry 3. Nagori-yuki 4. Akai Sweet Pea 5. Dou-you 6. Sakura 7. Owari no Kisetgsu 8. Haru Nanoni 9. Haru yo, Koi 10. Haru Ichiban 11. Genroku Hanami Odori 12. Hohoemi Gaeshi



Bamboo Tapestry

XARA

Bamboo Tapestry

Ref: FSD5224


Price: 23.99

Xara is a project of Seiichi Kyoda, a musician and producer who combines his keyboards with traditional instruments and sounds. On this album, the musicians are Yuko Yokokawa, Mieko Sato, Rika Sato-vocals, Eishi Sato-shakuhachi, Michiyo Komiya-25 stringed koto, Takeshi Kudo-tsugaru shamisen, Ryusuke Seto-biwa, and Narukoma-suzu (bells).



Oshogatsu Shinsun Deluxe

VARIOUS

Oshogatsu Shinsun Deluxe

Ref: FSD5149


Price: 20.99

New Year is celebrated in Japan a bit like Christmas in the west. This is an album of 'traditional' new year songs. Not really for partying though, more for accompanying new year food the morning after. Koto with strings and other similar mixtures. Tracks include Hibari Misora- Sakura Sakura, Columbia Symphonic Orchestra - Haru no Umi, Tokyo Vivaldi Ensemble - O Shogatsu, Toshiko Yonekawa, Hiroe Yonekawa- Haru no Umi,



Shoka Jojoka - Lyrical Songs - Best 100 (4 CDs)

VARIOUS

Shoka Jojoka - Lyrical Songs - Best 100 (4 CDs)

Ref: FSD5151


Price: 49.99

Some of Japan's best known melodies compiled onto 4 CDs. Tracks include Furusato, Haru no Ogawa, Sakura Sakura, Fujisan, Kasumi ka Kumo ka, Oborozukiyo, Chatsumi, Koinobori, Katatsumuri, Momotaro, Hotaru, Mura no Kajiya, Momiji, Fuyu no Seiza, Yuki, Aogeba Toutoshi, Niwa no Chigusa, Kokyo no Sora, Hamabe no Uta, Yashi no Mi, Kojo no Tsuki, Nobara, Natsu wa Konu, Utsu Kushiki Tennen.



Dotaku - Ancient Japanese Bronze Bells from the Yayoi Period (BC400 - AD250) (SHM-CD)

TOSHIYUKI TSUCHITORI

Dotaku - Ancient Japanese Bronze Bells from the Yayoi Period (BC400 - AD250) (SHM-CD)

Ref: FSD4351


Price: 23.99

Re-mastered SHM-CD (Super High Material) of 1983 recording by one of Japan's top percussionists. Toshiyuki Tsuchitori has played with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Toshinori Kondo, Derek Bailey and many others throughout an illustrious career. His special interest is ancient percussion instruments from Japan, and on this album recorded at the top of Mount Unebi in Nara in 1983 he plays bronze bells dating back to the Yayoi period, about 2000 years ago. Comes with English liner notes by Tsuchitori. 1. Tatae 2. Ryusui 3. Unebi 4. Ibuki 5. Raijin 6. Reimei.



Sanukaito - Stone Sounds of the Paleolithic Era in Japan (SHM-CD)

TOSHIYUKI TSUCHITORI

Sanukaito - Stone Sounds of the Paleolithic Era in Japan (SHM-CD)

Ref: FSD4352


Price: 23.99

Re-mastered, re-released on SHM-CD, recorded in 1986 at the top of Mount Aonoyama in Kagawa, with this time Tsuchitori playing various ancient stone percussion instruments. With English liner notes and new liner notes by Tsuchitori.

1. Yuraki 2. Seseraki 3. Aoki 4. Soyoki.


Jomonko - Pottery Drums of Jomon Period (B.C.2500 - 3000) (SHM-CD)

TOSHIYUKI TSUCHITORI

Jomonko - Pottery Drums of Jomon Period (B.C.2500 - 3000) (SHM-CD)

Ref: FSD4353


Price: 23.99

Perhaps Tsuchitori is best known for playing pottery drums, a type that are believed to be like those played during the Jomon period (B.C.2500-3000). This album was recorded in Nagano in 1990 and comes with English liner notes and notes by Tsuchitori himself. 15 tracks.



The Sounds of a Prehistoric Painted Cave - Playing in the Cave of Cognac, France (SHM-CD)

TOSHIYUKI TSUCHITORI

The Sounds of a Prehistoric Painted Cave - Playing in the Cave of Cognac, France (SHM-CD)

Ref: FSD4354


Price: 23.99

Tsuchitori plays his ancient percussion instruments inside a prehistoric cave adorned with paintings in the Lot region of France and a cave in the famous town of Cognac. 16 tracks.



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Lift Off - Toru Fukuhara no Fue (2 CDs)

TORU FUKUHARA

Lift Off - Toru Fukuhara no Fue (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD4650


Price: 43.99

Toru Fukuhara plays fue, the bamboo flute. He studied under the great master Sanzaemon Takara, but has been a great innovator of the instrument, especially adept at playing Western classical pieces and composing his own tunes. On this 2 CD set, he plays both original compositions and three by Bach. He is accompanied by piano, harpsichord and a children's choir.



Hibiki - Japanese Contemporary Music Played by Japanese Instruments (3 CDs)

VARIOUS

Hibiki - Japanese Contemporary Music Played by Japanese Instruments (3 CDs)

Ref: FSD4348


Price: 44.99

Originally released in 1970, when the 'hogaku' (tradtional) music scene was particularly active. On this album comtemporary tunes are played on traditional instruments. 13 tracks, 3 CDs detailed liner notes (Japanese only).



Kankara Song - Sings Azenbo &Tomomichi Soeda

TAISUKE OKA, HIROAKI KOBAYASHI

Kankara Song - Sings Azenbo &Tomomichi Soeda

Ref: FSD3973


Price: 20.99

Fantastic new album from two young musicians of popular songs from the Taisho period (1912-1927) originally performed by Azenbo Soeda and his son Tomomichi Soeda (aka Satsuki Soeda). Oka plays Kankara Sanshin (Okinawan sanshin made from a tin can) while Kobayashi plays 'rappa nikko' a two stringed fiddle and goros drum, with some accompaniment on tuba (Takero Sekijima), clarinet (Kanji Nakao) trumpet and accordion. This album conveys the atmosphere of a bygone era, and wonderful to hear today's performers doing the songs so well.

1. Tokyo Bushi 2. Rappa Bushi 3. Omoidashita 4. Murasaki Bushi 5. Shin Dondon Bushi 6. Minatouya 7. Akirame Bushi 8. Strike Bushi 9.Fukko Bushi 10. Asakusa Uta 11. Makkuro Bushi 12. Omaeto naraba Dokomademo 13. Nonki Bushi 14. Satsuki no Uta 15. Horohoro Bushi



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Genji Nostalgie Mini Album + DVD

RIN'

Genji Nostalgie Mini Album + DVD

Ref: FSD3829


Price: 26.99

Rin' are a female trio playing shakuhachi, koto and shamisen that they mix with drum machines, keyboards and other western sounds, into a kind of ethereal new age sound. This is a 6 track mini album combined with a DVD of music clips. Lightweight pop with 'exotic' sounds added in.



The Music of Earth

TONE

The Music of Earth

Ref: FSD3854


Price: 26.99

Tone are Yukihiro Mitsuka (shakuhachi and group leader), Mihoko Ono (koto) and Ryoichi Soyama (acoustic guitar, synthesizer. Their music combines traditional instruments with western sounds. While interesting in places, their sound is overall quite lightweight bordering on BGM elevator music. 1. Annupuri 2. Kakko no Mori 3. Kaze 4. Chikyu-Misaki 5. Kamuy 6. Yoko 7. Shuppatsu 8. Ishikari-gawa



The Music of Earth - 2nd

The Music of Earth - 2nd

Ref: FSD3855


Price: 26.99

In much the same vain as the first album. Fairly lightweight songs combining shakuhachi and koto with guitar and synthesizers. 1. Harunire no Ki 2. Tokachino 3. Toypira 4. The Music of Earth 5. Sunayama 6. Hamanasu 7.Daichi 8. Toya 9. Yuki Monogatari 10. Hoshi no Furu Sato.



The Music of Earth III

TONE

The Music of Earth III

Ref: FSD3856


Price: 26.99

The group are based in Hokkaido and draw inspiration from the mountains, seasons and the general beauty of their environment. On this album are some exciting moments as well some other rather forgetable ones. 1. Kita Hiko 2. Tono 3. Natsuame 4. Komori Uta 5. Kiri no Hi 6. Yume Tome 7. Hana Densetsu 8. Kyoshu 9. Tabi 10. Michi



The Music of Earth 4th - Warmth

TONE

The Music of Earth 4th - Warmth

Ref: FSD3865


Price: 26.99

Latest album, 11 tracks of healing, new age meets Japanese traditional.



Four Seasons

TONE

Four Seasons

Ref: FSD3857


Price: 21.99

Mini album with four tracks one for each of the seasons. 1. Fuyu (Winter) 2. Haru (Spring) 3. Natsu (Summer) 4. Aki (Autumn).



Kageroi

MUGEN

Kageroi

Ref: FSD3802


Price: 26.99

Mugen is a group formed by young kabuki musician and singer Katsushiro Kineya in 2000. The group consists of vocals, accompanied by shamisen, tsuzumi (small drum) fue, lute, taiko plus drums, guitar and synthesizer. Sort of kabuki music for the modern age. 1. Kageroi 2. Toaru Koyoi 3. Yuki no Yamatoji 4. Sakura Zukiyo 5. Dan no Ura.



Out of Border

HIDEKI TOGI

Out of Border

Ref: FSD3551


Price: 26.99

Hideki Togi plays the sho (bamboo mouth organ) and hichiriki (flute) instruments used in the stately court music, gagaku. He played the traditional music with the Imperial Palace Gagaku Orchestra, but has become much better known for breathing new life into the instruments by playing a kind of new age music. On this album he sinks to new depths (or reaches new heights depending on your point of view) playing covers of western classics, and Japanese pop hits. These include Romeo & Juliet (Prokofiev), Turandot (Puccini) and Japanese pop songs Sweet Memories and Yozora no Muko (SMAP).



Toru No Fue

TORU FUKUHARA

Toru No Fue

Ref: FSD3438


Price: 26.99

Toru Fukuhara learned fue (seven holed bamboo flute) from the great Sanzaemon Takara, who established the fue as a solo instrument. Although usually a strictly traditional player, Fukuhara has turned into a superb innovator on this CD in repetroire and combinations of instruments. Four tracks. 1. Bach Chaconne on fue 2. Jiuta Yuki with hayashi vocals. 3. Kusano Inori - together with shakuhachi, kanze ryu noh chanting and two other fue players. 4. Sanju so Kyoku, performed together with shamisen and piano.



Music for Onmyoji

REIGAKUSYA, BRIAN ENO WITH PETER SCHWALM

Music for Onmyoji

Ref: FSD1394


Price: 38.99

Stunning double CD and one of the releases of the year 2000. One CD is of traditional gagaku, ancient court music, somewhat eerie in quality. The other is Eno's interesting take on the music. Originally to accompany a book, the CD has become a runaway success in Japan. Elaborate, mirror image artwork, makes it difficult to decipher the text including English notes notes written by Eno.



Kaze Utau

YASUKAZU KANO

Kaze Utau

Ref: FSD3198


Price: 26.99

Yasukazu Kano is a player of the shinobue, a small bamboo flute, who used to be a member of the world famous Kodo. This album was inspired by the beautiful surrounding of Sado island, where Kodo are based. Japanese traditional music is mixed with elements of jazz and comtemporary music, in various collaborations. 11 tracks.



Ou No Seijaku

KO ISHIKAWA

Ou No Seijaku

Ref: FSD2508


Price: 24.99

As a solo artist or with his group Reigakusha, Ko Ishikawa has been expending the realms of gagaku and his instrument, the sho, taking the music in interesting directions. Recording partners include Otomo Yoshihide, and even Brian Eno and Ishikawa is a regular perfomer at European festivals. This fascinating album includes classical gagaku, his own compositions with poetry reading and guest biwa player, Kahoru Nakamura.



Shunshoku Saika

TOGI+BAO

Shunshoku Saika

Ref: FSD2537


Price: 26.99

Hideki Togi has Japanese court music, gagaku, running through his veins.His family have been engaged with preserving and developing this ancient musical style for over 1300 years. Some might say, for the last few years Togi has been engaged in watering down the tradition, by turning gagaku into a so-called 'healing' pap. Togi has combined his hichiriki (a gagaku wind instrument) with synthesizers and western instruments in an attempt to bridge the gap between east and west, take an ancient sound into the modern world....you get the picture. On this latest album, Togi teams up with a 6 piece Chinese group called Bao from Shanghai who are playing a variety of Chinese traditional instruments. This makes perfect sense as the roots of gagaku lie in China. Nevertheless, it's still heavily marketed as healing / new age. CD extra comes with live footage of Togi and Bao playing together.



Leeyari

YUKIHIRO ISSO

Leeyari

Ref: FSD1509


Price: 26.99

Excellent album by Japanese small flute (shinobue)player. Improvisational pieces, sometimes joined by Keisuke Ohta, the fine violin player with Cicala Mvta and Soul Flower.



Sakura Project

SAKURA PROJECT

Sakura Project

Ref: FSD2642


Price: 24.99

12 Girls Band from China become popular in Japan (and in the USA) for being rather attractive girls playing Chinese music on traditional instruments. Groups who sound and look a bit like 12 Girls Band have now emerged. Enter Sakura Project, 6 girls playing Japanese traditional instruments, biwa, koto, sho, plus wood bass, flute and vibraphone. They play a mixture of Oriental and Western tunes. It all sounds very nice on this mini CD. Unfortunately the final outcome is likely they will disappear as fast as they emerged.



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Hikari Iro

LIPS

Hikari Iro

Ref: FSD3960


Price: 23.99

New Age / Healing / Japanese Traditional female duo on koto and flute play a bit of classical (Debussy) a bit of jazz (Take Five) and some Japanese lyrical tunes (Sakura). 10 tracks. 1.Haru no Yoru 2. Shunka 3. Byakko 4. Sosuika 5. Uyuudai 6. Amairo no Kami no Otome 7. Oborozukiyo 8.Take Five 9. Muso 10. Sakura



Furai

ZAN

Furai

Ref: FSD2398


Price: 20.99

Zan are three young cool image conscious musicians who've learned to play Japanese traditional instruments such as shakuhachi, fue, koto and junana-gen (seventeen stringed koto). On this mini-album with 6 tracks they play East Asian contemporary tunes on those instruments. Melodic and easy on the ear.



Hogaku New Wave

VARIOUS

Hogaku New Wave

Ref: FSD1777


Price: 26.99

Welcome compilation of the young musicians forging the movement of the so-called 'New Wave' of traditional music. Includes Yoshida Brothers and Shinichi Kinoshita (tsugaru shamisen), Hiroe Morikawa( koto), Katsuaki Sawada & Shigeri Kitsu (minyo-original folk), Yukihiro Isso (nokan flute),Shuichi Hidano (wadaiko drums), Rei Gaku Sha (gagaku-court music).



Kizuna

ZAN

Kizuna

Ref: FSD3343


Price: 19.99

Young guys playing shakuhachi and koto (including the 17 string bass one). The music is a sort of watered down Japanese 'traditional' easy listening with drum machines and electric bass on some tracks. Mini CD of 7 tracks, plus DVD with 2 video clips.



Yawaragi

VARIOUS

Yawaragi

Ref: FSD3344


Price: 20.99

Compilation of Japanese traditional 'healing' music played on koto, shakuhachi etc by young musicians. These include Kokohana (25 string koto unit) Hideaki Matsumoto (shakuhachi) Sakura Project (Japanese traditional and classical instruments). 8 tracks, mostly original tunes.



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Omoide

VARIOUS

Omoide

Ref: FSD3345


Price: 20.99

Another compilation of Japanese traditional meets New Age, this one of lyrical songs and lullabies including from Okinawa and Amami. 8 tracks from Sakura Project, Kokohana, Akito Obama (shakuhachi) and T's Colour among others.



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