Jeffrey Lependorf | New Bamboo: Silo Solos

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New Bamboo: Silo Solos

by Jeffrey Lependorf

Spare, solo shakuhachi (traditional Japanese bamboo flute) improvisations in an empty silo, sometimes on multiple tracks, naturally accompanied by birds, insects, airplanes, passing traffic, and the sounds of the silo itself.
Genre: World: Japanese traditional
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1. Silo Solo i
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2. Silo Solo ii (Duet)
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3. Silo Solo iii
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13:24 album only
4. Silo Solo iv (Trio)
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17:47 album only
5. Silo Solo v
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6. Silo Solo vi (Duet)
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Album Notes
Shakuhachi Kinko School Master Yoshinobu Taniguchi declared Jeffrey Lependorf a master player of the shakuhachi—traditional Japanese bamboo flute—in 1984 and bestowed on him the venerable honorific name “Koku” (“empty nothingness”). He subsequently received a Shi Han (master teacher) license from shakuhachi master Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin. He has created a number of new works featuring the shakuhachi and has recently added other Asian bamboo flutes, including the Korean tanso, and Chinese Xiao and hulusi, to his repertoire of performing instruments. in addition to performing solo and with various other performers, he appears regularly as a member of the NewBorn Trio, with glass instrument virtuosos Katie Down and Miguel Frasconi. The "silo solos" on this recording find their inspiration in the "honkyoku" Buddhist repertoire of traditional Japanese bamboo flute playing techniques and the magical acoustics of the silo itself. All of the tracks feature unedited solo performances, though in the case of the "duets" and "trio" multiple tracks play simultaneously. While playing, birds flew through the silo, insects appeared, and a variety of other natural sounds entered the space, offering a subtle counterpoint to these spare improvisations. The natural echo of the silo creates a rich acoustic landscape around the naturally haunting sound of the shakuhachi.


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