(Cycles) What Falls Must Rise (Alternate Version)

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entangled with
the scattering cherry blossoms–
the wings of birds

Masaoka Shiki

If enlightenment characterizes the sacred musics and their derivations in secular forms at one end of Eurasia, transcendence often does at the other. Quotations from "Sagariha (下がり葉)"–a principal work in the Nezasa-ha shakuhachi repertoire and often translated as "Falling Leaves"–serves as a vehicle into the descending quadrants of the cycle, while modes and rhythms lying somewhere between the foreign and familiar emerge from depths to shape the ascending counterparts, reaching towards and concluding back again at the top, ready for the inevitable next iteration.


from (Cycles), released April 15, 2014
Kojiro Umezaki: shakuhachi and electronics
Brooklyn Rider: Johnny Gandelsman & Colin Jacobsen - violins, Nicholas Cords - viola, Eric Jacobsen - cello

Composed in 2009 by Kojiro Umezaki for Brooklyn Rider.

Originally released on Brooklyn Rider's Dominant Curve, this version starts/ends elsewhere in the cyclical structure of the piece.



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Kojiro Umezaki New York, New York

Noted by The New York Times as a “virtuosic, deeply expressive shakuhachi player and composer,” Kojiro Umezaki performs regularly with the Grammy-nominated Silk Road Ensemble. Umezaki grew up in Tokyo and is a performer of the shakuhachi, a composer of electro-acoustic works, and a technologist with interests in integrating global musical practices with electronics. His latest album is (Cycles). ... more

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