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|R. Carlos Nakai|
Island of Bows
Genres: World Music, Jazz, New Age, Pop
Recorded in Kyoto's Hounji Temple, Island of Bows brings together the world's leading performer of the Native American flute, R. Carlos Nakai (Navajo-Ute) with the Wind Travelin' Band, Shonosuke Ohkura and Oki Kano. Nakai'... more »
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Recorded in Kyoto's Hounji Temple, Island of Bows brings together the world's leading performer of the Native American flute, R. Carlos Nakai (Navajo-Ute) with the Wind Travelin' Band, Shonosuke Ohkura and Oki Kano. Nakai's flute is matched by the delicate tranquillity of the traditional Japanese shakuhachi, shamizen and koto and gracefully blends traditional sounds from East and West.
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A Compelling Synthesis of East and (American) West
Richard M. Affleck | Lake Hopatcong, NJ USA | 11/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"R. Carlos Nakai, master of the Native American flute (among a variety of other instruments), joins forces with Japanese musicians--the Wind Travelin' Band, Shonosuke Ohkura (kotsuzumi/drum), and Oki Kano (of Ainu, or Native Japanese, heritage, who plays the stringed kontori). Led, on most of the tracks on "Island of Bows", by Nakai's haunting flute, they produce a sinuous blend of sound with the various wind and stringed instruments twining around each other, Nakai acting almost like some sort of pied piper, pushing and pulling the music in subtly different directions. And all of this underlain and supported by the subtle rhythms of the percussionists. The sonic landscape that these musicians create is redolent of the Far East and the American Southwest, with a gauzy overlay of western classicism evident mainly in the structure of some of the pieces. On an excellent CD, one track, "Cloud Temple" stands out as compelling blend of all of these disparate influences. Althogther, this is "world music" at its best.One other editorial comment is in order. While I am sure that "Island of Bows" has found its way into numerous spas, New Age crystal shops, and the like, this is not simply musical wallpaper. This is a cd that deserves careful listening."
Soothing music with dual cultural influences
Richard M. Affleck | 08/25/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a very good CD. It's recorded in Kyoto, Japan at the Hounji Temple with Nakai on American flute and Japanese musicians playing traditional Japanese instruments. We took it with us camping at Yosemite and it felt amazing to hear such beautiful, soothing music with nature's amazing backdrop. It's slow rythmic music for relaxing times."
J. Mang | USA | 11/05/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am always looking for soothing music to fall asleep to. This is one of the cd's that past the test."