Lullaby from Itsuki

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From Itsuki Village on the Japanese island of Kyushu, this folk song is said to date back more than a thousand years to the Heian period. The lullaby is familiar to many people in Japan and is the lament of a young nursemaid sent away to be employed by another family, grateful for her new life but unable to hold back thoughts of her own family during the o-bon season when people return to their ancestral homes.

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from (Cycles), released April 15, 2014
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Kojiro Umezaki: shakuhachi

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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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