SHAKUHACHI WATER MEDITATIONS by Riley Lee (0600835158220)
Riley Lee Release Date: 1 September 2010 Format: CD NEW in sealed pack ISBN: 0600835158220
The Essence of Water Reflected in Music
In the tradition of the Zen bamboo flute, a master does not actively seek to imitate the sounds of nature?instead, he creates music that speaks to us in the same voice as the natural world. As the first Westerner to attain the rank of Grand Master of the shakuhachi flute, Riley Lee has gained international acclaim for his ability to express the meditative mind as music.
With Shakuhachi Water Meditations, Lee brings you ancient and modern compositions that capture the essence of our experience of water?from the expansive sense of peace that comes from listening to the rhythm of the surf, to the serenity that we feel when we gaze out over a mirror-smooth lake. A melodic, soothing album, perfect for meditators, healing practitioners, and anyone seeking deep relaxation.
Riley Lee is renowned for his skill with the shakuhachi flute. He was the first Westerner to be granted the prestigious title of 'dai shihan,' and has a multitude of albums to his credit that showcase his serene zen flute playing. SHAKUHACHI WATER MEDITATIONS highlights the way in which the shakuhachi communicates the essence of nature, capturing the feelings and emotions brought about by the natural world. In this case, it specifically focuses on the soft tranquility of water. The selections are full of smooth, flowing harmonies that blend minimalistic Japanese-tinged melodies with appropriate periods of silence. The pieces are all performed solo, with minimal water sounds in the backdrop at various places in the album. Great for contemplation and therapeutic use.
1. Searching - Shirabe
2. Safe Passage - Tamuke
3. Safe Delivery - San An
4. Pounding Wave - Daha
5. Adrift on the Sea of Tranquility
6. Raftsong at Sunrise
7. Being Tine
8. Birdwing (64 minutes)
About the Author Riley Lee began playing the shakuhachi in 1971. He is the recipient of two of the oldest and most venerated lineages of traditional shakuhachi, which can be traced back to the Zen Buddhist komus', or "priests of nothingness" of the Edo period in Japan. In 1980, he became the first non-Japanese to attain the rank of dai shihan or Grand Master.
Riley's music is meditation. It has been used worldwide in yoga and tai chi classes, and by massage, acupuncture, and other bodywork therapists.