James Nyoraku Schlefer’s Haru no Umi Redux is a new version of the seminal 1929 work, Haru no Umi, by Michiyo Miyagi, one of the first pieces to successfully bring Western musical influences to Japanese instruments. In Schlefer’s three-movement Shakuhachi Concerto for solo shakuhachi, strings, harp and percussion, the shakuhachi serves as both soloist and team player, alternately in concert or in conflict with the orchestra. Daron Hagen’s Koto Concerto: Genji is based on an 11th century tale. The five movement work brings out the koto's wealth of sound and beauty as it interacts with the orchestra.
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JAMES NYORAKU SCHLEFER shakuhachi
YUMI KUROSAWA 20-string koto
ORCHESTRA OF THE SWAN
DAVID CURTIS conductor
KENNETH WOODS conductor
Recorded in 2008, this album features exclusively the ancient Zen music for shakuhachi, performed solo. Several schools of shakuhachi tradition are represented on this beautifully recorded CD.
Traditional Zen Meditation music and Nyoraku's Original Music for the Shakuhachi
(Futaiken) Tsuru no Sugomori
Traditional and contemporary music including Schlefer’s own composition Solstice Spirit written for 18 shakuhachi.
Azuma No Kyoku
Tsuru no Sugamori (Meian)