Yoko Fujimoto | Morisa Komorisa

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Morisa Komorisa

by Yoko Fujimoto

World Music, traditional Japanese lullabies set within classical music with a touch of techno and cinematic elements.
Genre: World: Japanese contemporary
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1. Nenne Koroichi (Nara Prefecture)
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2. Morikko (Niigata Prefecture)
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3. Morisa Komorisa (Aichi Prefecture)
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4. Tsugaru no Komori-Uta (Tsugaru Region)
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5. Horanero Nennero (Fukushima Prefecture)
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6. Kono ko no Kawai sa (Shizuoka Prefecture)
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7. Nakunai yo (Amami Island)
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8. Nenne Konbo yo (Nagasaki Prefecture)
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9. Nennyako Korochako (Akita Prefecture)
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10. Owaiyare (Yamagata Prefecture)
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11. Tokoshie ni
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12. Takeda no Komori-Uta (Takeda Region)
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13. Yokai (Tane Island)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Born in Shinjuko Tokyo, Yoko joined Kodo (then Ondekoza) in 1976 and performed with the world famous ensemble as a koto player, singer and dancer. In 1989 she toured with Hanayui, a folk ensemble off shoot of Kodo and has performed and toured the world along with Chieko Kojima and Mitsue Kinjo. In 1996 she toured Cuba and North America with her husband Yoshikazu Fujimoto, Kodo’s principal O-daiko player. In 2003 she became involved with the Triangle Project along with San Jose Taiko co-founder P.J. Hirabayashi and Los Angeles based singer-songwriter-dancer Nobuko Miyamoto of Great Leap Inc, a non-profit community based arts organization dedicated to race and faith relations. In 2005 the three women presented their performance piece “Journey of the Dandelion” at the Japan American Theater in Los Angeles and released a soundtrack CD on Bindu Records. The work was also performed at Cal State Monterey’s Performing Arts Theater as well as at the Wang Center at Stony Brook University in Long Island New York.

“Morisa Komorisa” is Yoko’s first CD as a soloist and is a collection of traditional Japanese Lullaby’s from the different prefectures in Japan with musical adaptations composed by Derek Nakamoto. The collaboration created a stunning tapestry of music that best described as heartfelt and cinematic; a blend of classical and world music with a touch of ambient and electronica flavors. There are subtle duets between Yoko’s superb vocals and Nakamoto’s piano improvisations.

Here are their thoughts on their creation:

Yoko says in an article published in Kodo Beat Vol. 269 April 2008

… Why did I make this an album exclusively of lullabies? The short answer is that I wanted others to hear them. Some lullabies directly express the warm feelings between a mother and her child. Others reflect the difficulty, sadness and frustration of young children from poor families sent to care for other people’s children, when they themselves are still of an age they should be basking in the love of their own mothers. Both kinds of songs are beautiful in their own way.

I remember being raised to the sound of lullabies. In my singing I can hear my mother’s voice, proof of the bond of love between a parent and a child. I feel the tranquility of returning home. This is the strength of the lullaby.

Derek says in the same article …

After meeting and working with Yoko as Musical Director and Producer of the Soundtrack CD for the Triangle Project, I was so impressed with her vocal stylings that I expressed deep interest in producing a solo CD on her.

Yoko came up with the concept of recording her favorite lullabies from the different prefectures in Japan and I loved the idea. She spent a few months collecting the songs and we meet in Los Angeles and recorded them in my studio acapella May 15, 2007. This was the beginning of a wonderful journey.
When I received the English translations of the lullabies, what impressed me were the similarities of the stories with lullabies from different cultures. More than often, hidden behind the sweet comforting melodies were lyrics of a wide range of emotions felt by a mother sung to her infant to comfort them. These emotions reflected joy, happiness, hardship, sadness and hopefulness that the child will come to appreciate the difficulties and challenges a parent goes through raising them. It also presented the hardships by nannies and nurses. This inspired me to compose music to reflect and frame these emotions performed by Yoko. This CD is a tribute to the female energy that many times goes unappreciated.


The music presented here sung in Japanese by Yoko is so beautiful that it transcends the language barrier and can be enjoyed universally by all. It is our hope that you will enjoy this music that has been handed down thru generations in Japan presented in a different way.


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DHE

Morisa Komorisa
This CD has been a long time coming -- for Yoko and for all of her fans who have waited for this first of hopefully many more CDs to come. With Derek's masterful musical arrangements, the experience of Yoko's soul-searching voice is like nothing else--it goes directly to the heart and soul of all matter..

Timothy Jordan

A Gift to All Mankind
I wish I had the resources to inform the world of treasure that is Yoko Fujimoto. Her intuition, sensitivity, and intellect are a testament to highest levels of achievement for all of humankind. I am proud to have witnessed her vituosity and skills in her workshops where I have heard a few of these selections. This recording, so wonderfully matched with orchestration, has elevated Ms. Fujimoto's performance to an otherworldly level. She already has the capacity to transcend languages, cultures and demographics. With this gift to the world she has given a tender and loving look at a simple musical niche. Thank you cannot describe my appreciation for this offering. Yet, it is all that a simple man can give. Bless you, Yoko. May you find the time and resources to allow the world to witness your skill, your love and your magnificent voice in more recordings. Domo Arrigatou Gozaimashta!!

Kelvin

beautiful
I came across the CD and was not expecting what I heard. It's one of the most beautiful musical CD's I have heard and while I don't speak Japanese, Yoko's vocals are so expressive and emotional, I feel I understand what she is conveying. I highly recommend this CD. I play it in my car, I play it at home after a crazy day and my whole body relaxes and it somehow puts my mind at ease. This is an unexpected treat! Thank you Yoko!