CD NIPPONFLUTES (2010)
Véronique PIRON, shakuhachi, flute
Invited musician:
Kohei NISHIKAWA*, shinobue, nohkan
recorded mixed, mastering by Pierre DANIEL,
studio SIAM, Rennes, Brittany, France
(P) © 2010 Production, texts, design: Véronique PIRON
made by: Gaels PETRIS

OTACHI-ZAKE, YACHIYO-JISHI*, TSURU no SUGOMORI, FINIS-TERRAE,
SHIKA no TÔNE
*, SAN'AN, TRILLIUM, SANYA SUGAGAKI*, NAGAMOCHI-UTA
(samples on Soundcloud)

This recording of bamboo flutes from Japan has a program composed of pieces from different styles and periods mainly belonging to the repertoire of the shakuhachi: shakuhachi solos, three duets which we have adapted and arranged for those different bamboo flutes; of classical tradition ((honkyoku, jiuta/nagauta) or popular (minyô) among which some great standards of the shakuhachi; a contemporary piece for flute, inspired by the language of the shakuhachi, of the American composer Elisabeth BROWN met in 2008 in Sydney at the World Shakuhachi Festival; and an original composition of mine for shakuhachi inspired by the Breton and Celtic traditions, my roots, Finis-Terrae. The booklet starts with a poem about bamboo as introduction, generously translated from the Japanese by Gunnar Jinmei Linder.


This album has been recorded, mixed and masterised by Pierre Daniel, who engaged in this adventure, wonderfully catched the spirit of the sound and the breath of this music, and faithfully restored all the living material of it. The recording took place in a studio implanted in the countryside outside of the city. Very unusual for the Japanese flautist Kohei Nishikawa, he wrote his impressions in the chronicle he usually makes for the Japanese revue “The flute” (in Japanese): nishi furansu no studio

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