Pod cast on my Shinobue Book

Here is the podcast  interview  about  my Book

http://nadeaumedia.com/crowdfunding-cast-685-learn-to-play-the-fue/

Indiegogo first time project has started for Fue book

I just started a new project. I have two more coming up for CDs but here is the  one for the book of Fue instructions and music.

 

JPFolks.com 2017 Nominations

We got three nominations this year for our CDs check them out. We are celebrating with a sale that you can find online on our main page or by clicking here.

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Solo Instrumental Album Nominees

Artist Name

 

 

The Traveler's Song

 

 

Marco Lienhard

 

 

 

 

Asian Album Nominees

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Tree Spirit

Taikoza

 

 

 

 

Asian Song Nominees

 

 

Songwriters

 

 

Artist Name

 

 

From The Album

 

 

Tozan Matsuri

Marco Lienhard

Taikoza

Tree Spirit

 

Washington DC

We have a show coming up in DC its a children program at Wolftrap.

Its a great location and I hope you will be able to head there Its july 24th at 10:30AM

Great place and great family concert venue.

 

New CD released

I am very excited with the new cd.

 Kickstarter supporters made it possible for us to put it out with guaranteed support and covering most of the costs for it. It is a great tool and I have supported a few projects myself. As they say it takes a village. 

I am hoping to put out more music out. I did some recording s in Japan that I thought I would make a new album out of  or do some more recording and do another  shakuhachi solos Cd then another piano and shakuhachi.

I also have been wanting to record all my new taiko compositions and make a new albums for quite some time now and I hope it will not be too far in the future.

 

New taiko music

Taiko has a had many influences these few years. It is appearing everywhere.

I do like it the best in its old setting. I have seen stuff and done  corporate shows or commercial shows in which taiko was accompanying  tracks of  Rock n roll music, hip hop, pop, etc.

The percussion though sounds much better on a base drum with plenty of amplification though. Sadly taiko looses of its grandeur or majesty and becomes muddled. it seems the time the sound takes to travel is different for some reason. Depending where you sit in the audience you hear different delays with taiko.

Taiko looses of its impact when the movement element is taken out. Sometimes there is nothing as simple and as graceful as  the dialogue of a performer with only one drum.

I am obviously nota big fan of the drum set setting. Even for drum set it becomes a turn off when a drummer starts doing solo in a rock concert. i saw many great drummers  do 20-30 minute solos on drum set and rarely have they grasp my attention for that long. The ones that seem to fare the best are percussionists. They seem to grasp the sense of musicality or melody the best. they are the ones you can learn the most from. Drum set becomes technical on many level but on the melody or telling story aspect it lacks a bit in dimension.

Taiko though as simple as it is in its original form has a lot of power- I think as taiko has gained popularity. It has been stretched in all directions, which is important for the art form to grow. I do think though that there is also a place for its more basic form. 

Songs such as Yatai Bayashi are as challenging and beautiful as a classic piece.

Taiko compared to the shakuhachi is much easier to play and it is feels at times as if less energy is needed to study which is so untrue of course. Taiko takes as much focus as the shakuhachi or say the violin or piano

New Grant from Lower Manhattan cultural council

I just got news that we got a grant for East Winds, Inc to do some more concerts in Manhattan.

 Thank you LMCC

If you read this please let them know that we want more of this 

LMCC.net

 

recording is almost finished

Early in January  Charles and me recorded most of the songs for the album. We are still editing the music, there was a lot of material and we are very excited. It was the day of a snow storm but we managed to get to the studio with some delay and spent the whole day inside the studio till late a tight- it was a great experience being able to play music that I always really loved and grew up playing on piano or flute or sometimes listen my father sing.

I am going to get a kickstarter campaign going to help me with some of the cost. this will be sort ofa presale campaign so people will be able to buy the cd in advance.

 

New Cd of Classical music for shakuhachi and piano

I am working on a new album, that I have been wanting to do for many years. I finally got around to making the album, I have in the pat two years done some recording of classical pieces but I finally got around to finishing it.

the recording in Japan are still not edited. The recording studio wanted to do some classical project but it sort of got pushed in the back.

SO I am taking the lead and doing it myself. I will have Charles tang again on the piano- he did my Fukuda Rando recording.

I really liked his sound and his approach. SO I am really excited finally going into a studio this week.

Will let you know more about  the recording and  it will probably have limited number of cd and  I will do more of the  online mp3.

In the mean time, Happy New Year everyone. Dont forget to come and check us out at the concerts.

January 24th is a big concert for us at Symphony space in NYC at 8pm at Thalia and tickets are on sale at  symphonyspace.org

 

Check out the new CD Shakuhachi

The traveler 's song cd is available in our cd area or on iTunes and cdbaby.com

 

Check it out and let us know how you like it

 

also soconcer tin NYC 10/21 to commemorate cd release

 

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