Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
Yagi Michiyo is renowned for her boundary-blurring use of the traditional koto, which when played conventionally can sound rich like a harp or folksy like a small, plucked lute. But the 13-string zither hasn't seen anythin... more »
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Yagi Michiyo is renowned for her boundary-blurring use of the traditional koto, which when played conventionally can sound rich like a harp or folksy like a small, plucked lute. But the 13-string zither hasn't seen anything like Yagi Michiyo's attack, at least not on record. There's Elizabeth Falconer's Isshin Emerging, a collection of 20th-century koto works, and certainly other pioneers on the instrument out there. But Michiyo has an attack that would startle any listener, even when she's playing gently, as on "Remembrance," where the melody is carried by descending phrases, resonance, and bent strings. Her full range of execution becomes more apparent on the title piece, which is a thick rush of strums and picks whose twang can barely gather together with all the furious motion over the strings. If Asian zither or solo string music is your forte, this is something to spin when fresh attack and intensity are most necessary. --Andrew Bartlett
Jens | Montréal | 03/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In any language, the koto makes beautiful music. This is koto like no other-certainly not traditional, but altogether accessible. Her music isn't background, but deserves attention. Perhaps most amazing about her is the variety of sound she extracts from the koto; one wouldn't expect such a variety of sounds from a single instrument, especially if you're used to traditional koto music. Get this one if you like beautiful adventures in music."