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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.

Available on MSR Classics, Apple Music, Spotify

 
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FLARE UP—Ancient & New music
Traditional Zen Meditation music and Nyoraku's Original Music for the Shakuhachi

Track listing:
(Futaiken) Tsuru no Sugomori Shirabe—(Nezasaha) Koku
Banji Ichijo (Brooklyn) Sanya Flare Up (Jinbo) Sanya

Available at Apple Music, Amazon, CD Baby, Spotify

 
 
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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.

Track list:
Sokaku Reibo Futaiken Reibo Akita Sugagaki
Murasaki Reibo Ifu Sashi Shoganken Reibo

Available at Apple Music, Amazon, CD Baby, Spotify

 
 
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SOLSTICE SPIRIT—Modern and Traditional Music

Traditional and contemporary music including Schlefer’s own composition Solstice Spirit written for 18 shakuhachi.

Track listing:
Solstice Spirit Azuma No Kyoku Miyami Higurashi
Tsuru no Sugamori (Meian) Matsukaze Amazing Grace

Available at Apple Music, Amazon, CD Baby, Spotify

 
 
 
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WIND HEART - Classic Honkyoku, Contemporary Sounds

A compelling mix of traditional solo shakuhachi honkyoku and contemporary
music.

Track listing:
KumoiJishi Echigo Sanya Esashi Oiwake Tababita no Uta
Omae Night Pond Betsudan Echigo Sanya Echigo Reibo

Available at Apple Music, Amazon, Cd Baby, Spotify