"…seasons continue, as if none of this ever happened…"

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“It’s strange how the seasons continue, as if none of this ever happened,” Ms. Nagasawa said, glancing up at the blue sky. “Spring comes back, but [some] never will." – from Martin Fackler's April 10, 2011 article in The New York Times on the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in northeastern Japan.

Nakao Tozan's work, "Kogarashi (木枯)," originally improvised and then subsequently composed in response to the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, serves as the foundation for this new work for shakuhachi and electronics, written in reflection of how opportunities to heighten our sensitivity to the human condition are the possible outcomes from those extraordinary events that remind us of how fragile our environment, manmade systems, and lives can be.

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

Composed in 2011 by Kojiro Umezaki, after Nakao Tozan.

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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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