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#1 2008-05-12 16:59:34

Seth
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From: Scarsdale, NY
Registered: 2005-10-24
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Koto music suggestions?

I dig koto music, but interestingly enough I prefer modern music performed on Koto as opposed to classical Japanese music.  (Which is surprising as this is the direct opposite of my taste in Shakuhachi music where I tend to find modern music for shakuhachi not nearly as good as the classics...)

So here is my question:

Right now I am listening to rhapsody for 20 string koto by Reiko Kimura (perfomed not written) and I am enjoying it very much... 

Anyone have suggestions on CDs of modern music composed for koto?  (Or your favorite classics for koto as well but I am mostly interested in the modern stuff.)

thanks!

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#2 2008-05-12 19:24:01

baian
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Registered: 2006-03-28
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Re: Koto music suggestions?

try the cd Vista by Ryuko Mizutani

I've had the chance to hear her play most of the selections live in concert

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#3 2008-05-12 22:47:53

edosan
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From: Salt Lake City
Registered: 2005-10-09
Posts: 2185

Re: Koto music suggestions?

Michiyo Yagi.

Incredible.


Zen is not easy.
It takes effort to attain nothingness.
And then what do you have?
Bupkes.

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#4 2008-05-12 23:47:57

baian
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Re: Koto music suggestions?

her solo cds ?

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#5 2008-05-13 02:31:59

Jeff Cairns
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From: Kumamoto, Japan
Registered: 2005-10-10
Posts: 517
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Re: Koto music suggestions?

Not to toot my own horn, but my cd, 'Silent Letters, Secret Pens' with Izumi Fujikawa on 20 stringed koto is a good example of modern and traditional.  On the cd Izumi (who is a regular player with Aura J, previously Ora-J) plays a solo piece by Danirl Morse, 'Reflection'.  We also do as duets, Kai by Saiko Nakamura, Shinonome no Uta by Marty Regan and Through The Leaves written by me.  All of these pieces are modern and very good examples of Izumi's skill and sensitivity.   You can catch a listen at CD Baby or on my MySpace site <www.myspace.com/cairnsjeff> smile


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#6 2008-05-13 08:53:39

edosan
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From: Salt Lake City
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Re: Koto music suggestions?

baian wrote:

her solo cds ?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michiyo_Yagi

See especially John Zorn's label:

     http://www.tzadik.com/

eB


Zen is not easy.
It takes effort to attain nothingness.
And then what do you have?
Bupkes.

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#7 2008-05-13 09:17:56

Jason S.
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From: Florida
Registered: 2008-03-18
Posts: 6

Re: Koto music suggestions?

I am not sure if you want just solo koto.

But I say give Rin' a try.

They have the koto along with shakuhachi, shamisen, and sometimes biwa.

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#8 2008-05-13 09:40:12

nyokai
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From: Portland, ME
Registered: 2005-10-09
Posts: 613
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Re: Koto music suggestions?

The Japanese group "Soemon."
Many of the CDs of Kazue Sawai.
Anything by Brett Larner -- including duo with Anthony Braxton.
Yoko Hiraoka's CD "Evanescence."
Ryuko Mizutani for sure, just about anything she does.

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#9 2008-05-14 03:10:46

Kiku Day
Shakuhachi player, teacher and ethnomusicologist
From: London, UK & Nørre Snede, DK
Registered: 2005-10-07
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Re: Koto music suggestions?

I can also recommend Chieko Mori. She studied at the Sawai school, but she is no longer a member and is a very free spirit. She is a great improvisor. We performed together at a new music festival in Lithuania. Listening to her play Sofia Gubaidulina's koto piece is a fantastic experience.

Her MySpace page is here:
http://www.myspace.com/chiekomori

She has a solo CD out from Tzadik called Jumping Rabbit.


I am a hole in a flute
that the Christ's breath moves through
listen to this music
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#10 2011-01-11 21:48:54

Kohl
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Registered: 2009-05-21
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Re: Koto music suggestions?

edosan wrote:

Michiyo Yagi.

Incredible.

Thought I'd post this link here as it seems like an appropriate thread. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juN6ZIOYnuo
I'm loath to start describing and potentially color someone's first experience. How about I say this...I found it early this morning and it's now the end of the day. I'm still playing it.


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#11 2011-01-11 23:16:50

Yuusui
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From: Minneapolis
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Re: Koto music suggestions?

I absolutely adore Michiyo Yagi. I discovered her by accident 10+ years ago when I picked up a handful of Japanese CDs for a buck a piece. That when CD more then made up for the rest of the duds in the stack.


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#12 2011-01-15 17:48:53

sokyoku
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From: Toronto, Canada
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Re: Koto music suggestions?

Kohl wrote:

Thought I'd post this link here as it seems like an appropriate thread.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juN6ZIOYnuo

That was just lovely - thanks for posting it.

I recommend the cd "Color" by Mizuyo Komiya.  You can sample clips from all its tracks here: http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/mus … Color.htm. 
(My personal favourites on this recording are Tsugaru Overture, Mebae, and Moegi, but happily, this is one of those (rare?) disks where every track is enjoyable...)


Without music, life would be a mistake.

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