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Japanese Shamisen CD

Japanese Shamisen CD

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Part of the Lyrichord Archive Series - Never before released recordings on CD from the Lyrichord vaults

JAPANESE SHAMISEN, Chamber Music (Jiuta) with Koto and Shakuhachi, originally recorded in the 1960s, is now digitally available on the Lyrichord Archive Series. The shamisen stringed instrument is the great cultural bequest of the Edo Period (1615-1868). Its bittersweet twang accompanied the early folk songs, the sagas of military heroes, and was part of the background cacophony of the pleasure district of old Edo (Tokyo). Chamber Music, in ensemble with koto, shamisen and shakuhachi playing contemporary music, are referred to as jiuta, and are beautifully represented on this recording.

1. Miyako Odori (2 Kotos) - 5:35
2. Kurokami (Shamisen, Koto) - 6:10
3. Keshi No Hana (Koto, Shakuhachi) - 4:39
4. Zangetsu (Instr. & Vocal) - 14:58
5. Ukifune (Instr. & Vocal) - 7:34
Lyrichord, in association with Multicultural Media, is pleased to present the Lyrichord Archive Series. This new series will make many important Lyrichord recordings of the past available again for the first time in years. These are special-edition compact discs with liner notes. illustrations and photographs reproduced as .pdf files, and included right on the same CD as the audio program. These liner notes can then be downloaded and printed out or saved on any computer. 

The Lyrichord Archive Series is designed with students, libraries, educational institutions, music historians and music enthusiasts in mind and is not available in stores.

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