A lake like a mirror in the calm forest.
A bird flies off, and morning dew on the leaves drop...
(Shinobue in C, Koto / Composed by:Naomi Koizumi)
2. "The Great Horse
Wild horses and their leader run over the spacious fields.
(Shinobue in Bb, Syakuhachi, Jushichi-gen, Wadaiko, Cello, Contrabass / Composed by:Naomi Koizumi)
3. "Over the Cherry Blossoms"
The clear blue sky
A feeling of loneliness
Under the blooming cherry trees...
(Shinobue in B, Koto, Chello / Composed by:Naomi Koizumi)
The autumn festival we have been looking forward to has finally arrived,
so let's forget our worries and enjoy ourselves.
(Shinobue in C, Wadaiko, Atari-gane / Composed by:Naomi Koizumi)
5. "The Flower Road"
Delicate on the outside, tough on the inside, the geisha who is the top of them
parades slowly and beautifully along the lantern-light street in late spring.
(Shinobue in B, Jushichi-gen, Rin / Composed by:Naomi Koizumi)
6. "Lullaby from Takeda"
This is a traditional song that girls would sing while working as baby-sitters,
describing their troubles.
(Shinobue in C, Piano / A fork ballad from the Kyoto area in Japan, Arranged by:Naomi Koizumi)
7. "The Fountain in the Wood"
As the two old men stroll through the woods toward the fountain.
They finally see the sight, and go home.
(Shinobue in C duo / Composed by:Naomi Koizumi)
8. "Green Forest"
I composed this song when I was touring the Tohoku district in Japan.
The song is based on the landscapes of Tohoku combined with my memories of Kyoto.
(Shinobue in Bb solo / Composed by:Naomi Koizumi)
[ Explanation of the Japanese traditional instruments used in this CD ]
"Shinobue" -- Bamboo flute (six or seven-holes)
"Syakuhachi" -- Bamboo vertical flute
"Koto" -- Thirteen-string horizonal Japanese harp
"Jushichi-gen" -- Seventeen-string horizonal Japanese harp
"Wadaiko" -- Japanese traditional drum (The body of these drums is made of wood, and the top and bottom is made of cow hide.)
"Atari-gane" -- Round metal instrument that is struck by a wooden stick that has a deer horn on the end.
"Rin" -- Japanese Bell
[ Recording Engineer, Location ]
Hiroshi Nakata / Sound Lab Nakata, The Hall in Yawata-City Lifelong Learning Center,
Ippei Tsuda / Music Space To Do,
Yasutomo Umeki / Studio N's,
[ Mastering Engineer ]