by Kiyoshi Yoshida (0678477009729)

Kiyoshi Yoshida
Release Date: 14 February 2012
Format: CD
Publisher: Allegro Corporation ***
ISBN: 0678477009729

Composer/synthesizer wizard Kiyoshi Yoshida joins with shakuhachi flute player Yukihiko Mitsuka for musical contemplation of historic Japanese warriors. Filled with dramatic percussion and the stark, somber tones of the shakuhachi, the music captures the regal, dignified air of a warrior trained in the art of the sword, protecting his people and living a life of honor. "Zen," with its plucked koto in the backdrop that blends beautifully with the boldness of the shakuhachi and delicate synthesized backdrops, creates a sense of a rugged, majestic Japanese landscape. "Kabuto," by contrast, has aggressive, galloping percussion and melodic keyboard tones that conjure images of horses stampeding into battle. The album offers a mix of breezy and muscular themes, displaying the colors that comprise the will and spirit of the warrior.

The sound of the shakuhachi, full of vitality, represents the obstinate will and strength of the Warriors! ?Bushido? is the way of the warriors, which brought them discipline and the power to endure suffering. The shakuhachi flute represents these warriors?the instrument not only has a delicate and complex structure, but the behavior of performing the instrument is similar to praying. These musical experimentations will help you to understand traditional Japanese arts and inspire a greater appreciation for the peaceful life, which only came after the times of the Warriors.

Featured Artists:
Kiyoshi Yoshida: synthesizer
Yukihiko Mitsuka: shakuhachi

Track Preview 1. Warriors
Track Preview 2. Moment
Track Preview 3. Brilliance of Edo
Track Preview 4. Bush Warbler
Track Preview 5. Frontier
Track Preview 6. Blinking Out
Track Preview 7. The Sword
Track Preview 8. Collage 2/The Aftermath
Track Preview 9. Like the Wind
Track Preview 10. Zen
Track Preview 11. Kabuto
Track Preview 12. Five Stars

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