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Shakuhachi master, Masayuki Koga, is a fascinating Renaissance man: a master musician, composer, producer and engineer, trained in law, with a penchant for philosophy. His music reflects those many aspects of his person... more »
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Shakuhachi master, Masayuki Koga, is a fascinating Renaissance man: a master musician, composer, producer and engineer, trained in law, with a penchant for philosophy. His music reflects those many aspects of his personality and his skills.Born in Japan at the height of World War II, Koga followed his father's footsteps in learning to play the shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute that is associated with Zen Buddhism. Although secular music has been performed on the shakuhachi for a hundred years now, it still retains its distinctly Zen aesthetic. It is capable of very subtle tonal variations and expressive nuances, all of which Koga explores with his full spirit, emotion and intellect.Koga's unique contribution has been to expand shakuhachi music, playing not only the traditional music of Japan, but blending it with Western influences. His musical training was traditional, receiving his master-teacher degree from the Tozan school. Subsequently, Koga became the youngest member of the award-winning Ensemble Nipponia.In his mid-twenties, Koga withdrew from the orchestra to broaden his musical horizons, experimenting with jazz and free form styles. Koga moved to the United States in 1972, continuing to perform widely. To further spread the understanding of his tradition in the West, Koga founded the Japanese Music Institute of America.Eastwind: Japanese Shakuhachi Music is undoubtedly an impressive production. The packaging includes a stunning rice paper booklet. The selections are carefully chosen titles from three of Koga's previous releases, Beyond Time and Space, The Distant Cry of Deer and Moon at Dawn, a perfect compilation for the audiophile interested in shakuhachi music.Masayuki Koga is a profoundly talented artist, devoted to his instrument. "The quality of your life is reflected in the quality of your sound. I can sometimes fool myself, but I can never fool the sound. I am the shakuhachi and the shakuhachi is me."
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Robert | Ashland, OR | 12/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Masayuki Koga's powerful shakuhachi sounds will bring you face to face with your unadorned true self. They are nature made manifest in all it's complete force and abundance. At times sweet and serene, at other times like a gale blowing right through you. Koga stands out above all the masters, incorporating and transcending the traditional. This is the first and last in Shakuhachi music--the real thing."
Dr. Debra Jan Bibel | Oakland, CA USA | 07/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Many recordings of Japanese shaukaushi bamboo flute are available; thus I was surprised to find Masayuki Koga's album Eastwind still being produced. But then, there is a very good reason: it is a great album of both traditional and his own contemporary pieces. One must be highly talented and inventive to do both well; Koga is a master. The sound quality of the album, a remastered anthology of his LPs, is excellent, owing to the original studio engineering and the sense of chamber depth. The use of rice paper in package design is a nice touch. The classic pieces--Distant Cry of Deer, Sashi no Kyolu, Rokudan, and Zangetsu--are unforgiving; any flaw in breathing technique, sensitivity, and rhythmic flow is readily apparent. Koga, who was trained in both the Kinko and Tozan schools of shakuhashi, performs these works in grand style. His own works maintain the traditional sound but with modern flair in phrasing. One track is a duet with koto. Such slow music produces timelessness, tranquility, and awareness. Koga is a musical sorcerer."