Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
The Japanese call the spiritual practice of playing shakuhachi (bamboo flute) suizen, or "blowing Zen," and this eight-song cycle by Tadashi Tajima carries all that discipline's earmarks: mindfulness, concentration, stilln... more »
The Japanese call the spiritual practice of playing shakuhachi (bamboo flute) suizen, or "blowing Zen," and this eight-song cycle by Tadashi Tajima carries all that discipline's earmarks: mindfulness, concentration, stillness. Handed down from a musical tradition developed in the 17th and 18th centuries by Zen monks, and refined into a breathy technique by the 20th-century player Watazumi, the style Tajima plays on tracks like "Sagari Ha (Falling Leaf)," "Shingetsu (Heart Moon)," and "Tamuke (Offering)" embraces free rhythms not unlike the Hindustani alap--long modal melody lines, and careful articulation between sound and breath. If, as its proponents insist, shakuhachi is a "Tool of the Way," Tajima's exposition is as good a set of footprints on that path as you're likely to hear. --James Rotondi
Beautiful traditional Bhuddist shakuhachi
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tadashi Tajima has put out a wonderful CD of traditional Japanese flute (shakuhachi) music. Each piece is a stand-alone work of art, from one of the top blowers in Japan. What makes this CD unique is that Tajima-san has chosen a longer than normal (2.4?) shakuhachi; the result is hauntingly beautiful."