#3310: West Looks East: Japan

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For this New Sounds program some Western musicians look to Japan for inspiration both melodic and instrumental. Hear selections from a recent release by cellist/composer Jordi Savall called "Hispania & Japan - Dialogues," created following the catastrophes in Japan in 2011.  It's actually based on a previous project from 2006, "The Route of the Orient," revolving around the Spanish Jesuit missionary St. Francis Xavier (Francisco Javier). 

Xavier relied heavily upon music, setting Christian texts to Japan's native melodies. In fact, he and the Portuguese missionaries accompanying him walked through the country singing Psalms, with these new musical settings.  In 1605, a publisher in Nagasaki printed a volume containing 19 of these pieces, which was the template for Savall and a talented group of Japanese musicians to begin improvising and distilling the essence of the original 16th century tunes.  As if "Hispania & Japan," weren't enough, there's also a bit of music from the New York-based shakuhachi (bamboo flute) player James Nyoraku Schlefer, plus a work for koto, flute, tabla & sitar, featuring Ravi Shankar. And more.

PROGRAM # West Looks East: Japan, (First aired on 3/7/2012)                                                





Ryuichi Sakamoto & Danceries

The End of Asia

Dance [2:39]

Denon COCO-7077
Japanese import.  Try Amazon.com or Ebay.

Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Jordi Savall


Hispania & Japan: Dialogues

O Gloriosa Domina, chant & variations for
shakuhachi; biwa, lute [10:12]

Alia Vox AVSA 9883

Herbie Mann & Minoru Muraoka

Gagaku & Beyond

Shomyo [10:31]

Finnadar #9014. 1976 LP, reissued in 2001. Available at Amazon.com*

James Nyoraku Schlefer

Solstice Spirit: Japanese Shakuhachi Flute

Solstice Spirit, excerpt [8:50]

Sparkling Beatnik SBR 0001
Available at CDBaby.com


Minna Padilla & Helsinki Koto Ensemble

Ilta Vuorella

Maanittelua (Conversations), excerpt [1:00]

Texicalli Records TEXCD082
texicalli.fi or download from Emusic.com, Amazon.com or iTunes

Ravi Shankar with Tsutsumi Miyashita, koto, Goro Yamaguchi, Alla Rakha, tabla

East Greets East: Ravi Shankar in Japan

Padhasapa, Namah Shivaya [7:02]

Deutsche Grammophon LP (1978)
Out of print.  Try auction sites.  

Minna Padilla & Helsinki Koto Ensemble

Ilta Vuorella

Kanjiki (Snow Shoe) [5:44]

See above.

Ryuichi Sakamoto & Danceries

The End of Asia

The End Of Asia [4:42]

See above.