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Episode #2037

Program #2037

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Wednesday, January 01, 2003

Before "fusion" became a buzzword in progressive classical-music circles, Japanese composers like Toru Takemitsu and Takashi Kako were busy transliterating Japanese culture into a Western musical language. The stately rhythms, and plush, static harmonies of these late-20th century composers find a traditional counterpart in gagaku, the ensemble music of the Japanese Imperial Court and the shakuhachi, the traditional Japanese bamboo flute. We hear examples of each on this edition of New Sounds.

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PROGRAM #2037 Music From Japan (First aired on 5/9/02)

ARTIST(S)

RECORDING

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SOURCE

Tokyo Gakuso / Tadaki Ohno

Gagaku and Beyond

Kangen: Hyojo no Netori [1:30]

Celestial Harmonies #13179**
Available for purchase at Amazon.com*

Kifu Mitsuhashi

The Art of the Shakuhachi

Choshi [4:00]

Celestial Harmonies #13224
Available for purchase at Amazon.com*

Various artists: Synergy

Japan - The Spirit Of Water

Takemitsu:Raintree [11:30]

Celestial Harmonies #13172
Available for purchase at Amazon.com*

Tokyo Gakuso / Tadaki Ohno

Gagaku and Beyond

Saibara: Koromogae [6:00]

See above.

Nanae Yoshimura

The Art of the Koto 2

Seoto [5:30]

Celestial Harmonies #13187**
Available for purchase at Amazon.com*

David Loeb

Imagined Landscapes

Fantasia on a Theme of Yuize [6:00]

VMM #2033**
Vienna Modern Masters website*

Takashi Kako

Prelude de l'eau

The Interrupted Song [2:30]

Tristar #57831

Kodo
www.kodo.or.jp

Mondo Head

Daraijin [4:30]

Red Ink #56111**
Available for purchase at Amazon.com*

Yoshinori Fumon

Satsumabiwa

Musashino, excerpt [4:00]

Celestial Harmonies #13207**
Available for purchase at Amazon.com*

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