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Japan: Traditional Vocal & Instrumental Pieces

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    Essentially a soundtrack to the tranquil beauty of ancient Japan, the tracks here are performed by the Ensemble Nipponia and were recorded live during the group’s 1976 tour of North America. The different genres of traditional Japanese music are represented here, including folk, religious, dramatic, lullaby and even narrative chanting—all showing a great diversity in instruments and their uses, as well as vocal techniques, formal construction and rhythmic patterns.

    Historically, the almost total absence of a written tradition in many genres has resulted in the loss of much music composed before the 17th century, a process that was accelerated by the widespread disregard for traditional music in the early years of Japan’s selfimposed Westernization. Since the end of WW II the government and concerned musicians have made concerted efforts to preserve and revive traditional music. Four of the most important of Japan’s traditional instruments are represented here, including the koto (a large zither, almost 6 feet in length), the shamisen (a three-stringed instrument close to a banjo), the shakuhachi (a bamboo flute), and the biwa (a Japanese lute).

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Soloists of the Ensemble Nipponia:
    Minoru Miki, director
    Keiko Nosaka, Sachiko Miyamoto, koto
    Ayako Handa, biwa, voice
    Kohachiro Miyata, shakuhachi
    Hirokazu Sugiura, shamisen
    Minoru Miki, bells

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Originally released in 1976 (H-72072)
    Produced & engineered by David Lewiston
    Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig (Masterdisk Corp.)
    Coordinator: Teresa Sterne
    Re-mastered by Robert C. Ludwig

    Design: Doyle Partners

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Release Date: 
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 (All day)
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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

511731

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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Wednesday, June 1, 1988 (All day)
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Explorer Series: East Asia
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UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597990102BUN
Price: 
10.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597990096
Price: 
8.00
Label: 
MP3
Description: 

Essentially a soundtrack to the tranquil beauty of ancient Japan, the tracks here are performed by the Ensemble Nipponia and were recorded live during the group’s 1976 tour of North America. The different genres of traditional Japanese music are represented here, including folk, religious, dramatic, lullaby and even narrative chanting—all showing a great diversity in instruments and their uses, as well as vocal techniques, formal construction and rhythmic patterns.

Historically, the almost total absence of a written tradition in many genres has resulted in the loss of much music composed before the 17th century, a process that was accelerated by the widespread disregard for traditional music in the early years of Japan’s selfimposed Westernization. Since the end of WW II the government and concerned musicians have made concerted efforts to preserve and revive traditional music. Four of the most important of Japan’s traditional instruments are represented here, including the koto (a large zither, almost 6 feet in length), the shamisen (a three-stringed instrument close to a banjo), the shakuhachi (a bamboo flute), and the biwa (a Japanese lute).

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A soundtrack to the tranquil beauty of ancient Japan, the works here are performed by Ensemble Nipponia, recorded live on the group’s 1976 North American tour. Many traditional Japanese musics are represented—folk, religious, dramatic, lullaby, even narrative chanting—using a great diversity of instruments, vocal techniques, construction, and rhythmic patterns.

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Soloists of the Ensemble Nipponia:
Minoru Miki, director
Keiko Nosaka, Sachiko Miyamoto, koto
Ayako Handa, biwa, voice
Kohachiro Miyata, shakuhachi
Hirokazu Sugiura, shamisen
Minoru Miki, bells

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Originally released in 1976 (H-72072)
Produced & engineered by David Lewiston
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig (Masterdisk Corp.)
Coordinator: Teresa Sterne
Re-mastered by Robert C. Ludwig

Design: Doyle Partners