Tokuyama Takashi: Zen Shakuhachi Music
Bamboo Spirit Series Volume 5
Kumoi is the fifth CD in the current series by Tokuyama Takashi. Contents of this CD include: 1) Garyoken Takeshirabe, 2) Chikugo Sashi, 3) Neri Sashi, 4) Takane Sashi, 5) Uta Renbo, 6) Koro Sugagaki, 7) Yamato Choshi,
8) Takane Take Shirabe, 9) Azuma no Kyokyu, 10) Shimotsuke no Kyoku,
11) Futaiken Reibo.
“I recorded this volume during an all-night session in 1987 at a cottage near Atami. This cottage is located close to one of the most famous spas in Shizuoka Prefecture. On my way to the cottage from Tokyo, I kept playing many flutes, including Jinasikan, in the car as a rehearsal. We were expecting rain, and I knew I would have no time to warm-up. Of course, soon after we started, the rain began, and its sound was being recorded, so we had to wait until it stopped. We were running out of time, and if it did not stop soon, we would lose our chance to record. But the rain finally abated and we succeeded in recording. Kumoi was recorded on a classical-sized Shakuhachi (1.8′). By listening to this recording, I hope you can grasp the great variations in Honkyoku music.”