SPRING SOUNDS SPRING SEAS - Shakuhachi, Koto, Orchestra
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. Daron Hagen’s Koto Concerto: Genji is based on an 11th century tale.
IN THE MOMENT Shakuhachi Honkyoku
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.
Sokaku Reibo Futaiken Reibo Akita Sugagaki
Murasaki Reibo Ifu Sashi Shoganken Reibo
SOLSTICE SPIRIT—Modern and Traditional Music
Traditional and contemporary music including Schlefer’s own composition Solstice Spirit written for 18 shakuhachi.
Solstice Spirit Azuma No Kyoku Miyami Higurashi
Tsuru no Sugamori (Meian) Matsukaze Amazing Grace