Edo, now known as Tokyo, was the political and cultural hub of Japan, and for a time, the most populated city in the world. Pacific Moon Records pays homage to the rich history of Edo through this musical compilation of Japanese artists. Culled largely from the "Asian Drums" series of Kiyoshi Yoshida and the waidaiko drumming albums of Bonten, the album melds thunderous drumming with keyboards, flutes and indigenous instrumentation of the region. The music's contrast of dramatic drums with light melodies provides an enchanting, distinctly Japanese feel, especially when the koto or shamisen are working their magic, as on "Flowers" or "Rising Sun." The songs vary in tempo, with thunderous, energetic numbers and more introspective pieces.
Unite your senses and imagination on a musical journey through 18th century Tokyo. Feel the lifeblood of Japanese spirit through the striking rhythms of the Taiko. Embrace the hope, fear, and unity of a people through the entrancing melodic lines of the shakuhachi and koto. Ten unique scenes of life in Tokyo powerfully recreated from Pacific Moon Records? popular titles. Combines the resonating sounds of the Japanese Taiko drum with the shakuhachi bamboo flute, koto, and modern instruments.
Kiyoshi Yoshida: Spirit ? Kiyoshi Yoshida: Rising Sun ? Kiyoshi Yoshida: Flowers ? Nonten, Rie Nakabayashi: Dedication to the Wind and Earth ? Bonten, Kiyoshi Yoshida: The Ardent Sky ? Bonten, Masaru Sakamoto: D.N.A. ? Kiyoshi Yoshida: Duel ? Bonten, Masatsugu Kawate, Masataka Kobayashi: Gaifu ? Bonten, Rie Nakabayashi: Kaguya ? Kiyoshi Yoshida: Cherry Blossom
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