Skip directly to content
  • 511735

Track listing

Click tracks with speaker icon to listen

Japan: Shakuhachi: The Japanese Flute

news & reviews

Select any filter and click on Apply to see results

  • about this album

    This album features serenely beautiful, centuries-old compositions performed solo by shakuhachi master Kohachiro Miyata of the Ensemble Nipponia and recorded live during the group’s first North American tour in 1976. In the years since its original release on vinyl, Western audiences have become increasingly knowledgeable about the sounds of both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. That familiarity makes the performances preserved on this disc perhaps even more compelling to the informed audiences of today.

    The shakuhachi is the most important wind instrument of Japan, where it has been used for well over a millennium. There are few, if any, other instruments in the world that associate so complex a playing technique with such simplicity of construction. Despite the presence of only five holes (and no keys), the instrument has a complete chromatic scale of more than two octaves. Larger shakuhachi have a warm and full tone similar to the flute, recorder, or clarinet families of Western instruments. Many of the solo pieces are conceived as aids for meditation, both for listener and player. A number of compositions also draw on distinctive ancient melodies in a way that preserves their unique regional character without undue emphasis on folkloric aspects.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Kōhachiro Miyata, shakuhachi

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Originally released in 1977 (H-72076)
    Produced by David Lewiston
    Engineered by David Lewiston & Larry Mericka
    Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig (Masterdisk Corp.)
    Coordinator: Teresa Sterne
    Re-mastered by Robert C. Ludwig

    Design: Doyle Partners

on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Release Date: 
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

511735

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
149
322
Wednesday, May 1, 1991 (All day)
0
0
Artist Name: 
Explorer Series: East Asia
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597990089BUN
Price: 
10.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597990072
Price: 
6.00
Label: 
MP3
Description: 

This album features serenely beautiful, centuries-old compositions performed solo by shakuhachi master Kohachiro Miyata of the Ensemble Nipponia and recorded live during the group’s first North American tour in 1976. In the years since its original release on vinyl, Western audiences have become increasingly knowledgeable about the sounds of both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. That familiarity makes the performances preserved on this disc perhaps even more compelling to the informed audiences of today.

The shakuhachi is the most important wind instrument of Japan, where it has been used for well over a millennium. There are few, if any, other instruments in the world that associate so complex a playing technique with such simplicity of construction. Despite the presence of only five holes (and no keys), the instrument has a complete chromatic scale of more than two octaves. Larger shakuhachi have a warm and full tone similar to the flute, recorder, or clarinet families of Western instruments. Many of the solo pieces are conceived as aids for meditation, both for listener and player. A number of compositions also draw on distinctive ancient melodies in a way that preserves their unique regional character without undue emphasis on folkloric aspects.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

This album features serenely beautiful, centuries-old compositions performed solo by shakuhachi master Kohachiro Miyata of the Ensemble Nipponia and recorded live during the group’s first North American tour in 1976.

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Kōhachiro Miyata, shakuhachi

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Originally released in 1977 (H-72076)
Produced by David Lewiston
Engineered by David Lewiston & Larry Mericka
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig (Masterdisk Corp.)
Coordinator: Teresa Sterne
Re-mastered by Robert C. Ludwig

Design: Doyle Partners