release_date: 2015/09/01
code: ASIN: B014RE19MM JAN: 4580481392604
description: Poetry sung to original compositions by Sasha Bogdanowitsch (Voice) and Christopher Yohmei Blasdel (Shakuhachi). Poetry from the works of Ranier Maria Rilke (Germany), Pablo Neruda (Chile), John Logan, Sam Hamill (American) and the ancient Japanese Zen-inspired text, Kyotaku Denki. We are proud to announce the release of our new CD, Striking Light, Striking Dark. Shakuhachi master Christopher Yohmei Blasdel collaborates with the phenomenal singer Sasha Bogdanowitsch to create new compositions that cross the boundaries of culture, style, time, the written word and song. These two musicians set to song and instrumental accompaniment the poetry of legendary poets from four continents that span several centuries. The shakuhachi— Japan’s traditional vertical bamboo flute—makes the perfect blend to Sasha’s fluid voice. They also use an array of rare world and original instruments, such as the Pantheon Steel Halo, Freenotes metallophone and Mbira Array along with the African dosongoni and karimba, to dramatize and enrich the songs. This CD is a perfect example of cross-genre, cross-cultural music that stimulates both on an artistic and intellectual level. Purchase directly from CD Baby. Track list (The poems and permissions can be found here) 1.Ish Province Work Song (Sam Hamill) 2.How Could We Forget? (Ranier Maria Rilke) 3.Unity (Pablo Neruda) 4.Solstice (Sam Hamill) 5.Peacock Feather (Ranier Maria Rilke) 6.Elegy (Sam Hamill) 7.All of It (adapted from David Wagoner, Who Shall be the Sun?) 8.Oracular (Sam Hamill) 9.The Art of Literary Translation (Sam Hamill) 10.The Search (John Logan) 11.Kyorei (from the Kyotaku Denki) 12.Saltarello instrumental
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