This CD of shakuhachi and koto duets by Riley Lee and Satsuki Odamura paints sound-pictures or introspective dreams in an intriguing and rather beautiful way. Sometimes the phrases are simple and slow then suddenly there are bursts of energy as the instruments dance in ecstasy and passion.
There are some similaries here with the music of German musician Stephan Micus, so if you are a fan of this artist you should not be disappointed with Picture Dreams. Riley Lee, a dai shihan (grand master) of the shakuhachi, brings out all the magic of this instrument to our ears. And perfectly complementing Lee's performance, Odamura portrays a phenomenal mastery with the koto.amazon.com
Riley Lee is the first non-Japanese dai shihan (grand master) of the shakuhachi and has garnered a large, international fanbase having performed and taught around the world. On Music For Zen Meditation, Lee expertly reveals the quiet dignity and simple elegance of this ancient instrument with starkly beautiful solos and duets. Practiced for centuries by Buddhist priests in Japan, playing the shakuhachi during meditation is called suizen, or blowing Zen. Its warm, comforting sounds relax the mind, spirit, and body. Music For Zen Meditation is ideal for those who practice yoga and meditation as well as for new listeners eager for contemplative music in the face of today's hectic and troubled world…devaworld.com
This collection of exquisite French, Japanese and Australian compositions played on shakuhachi and harp takes us into the realm of a mystical imagination. Works featured are by Faure, Satie, Ravel, Debussy, Tournier, Fukuda, Kozu and Australian composer Anny Boyd. This is a very special album ideal for relaxation, meditation or simply for pure enjoyment.amazon.com
The CD's liner notes define satori as "the indescribable experience of sudden, intuitive spiritual realization." That may be, yet unless you are a serious student of yoga or a fan of its ancient musical traditions, you may struggle to reach such a state while listening to these improvisations for shakuhachi flute (Riley Lee) and koto (Gabriel Lee, no relation). Satori, originally recorded in 1983, seems best suited to serious - minded yoga practitioners and those who prefer to adorn their meditative states with only the most minimal of audio embellishments. For such people, this disc could be the answer to prayers…amazon.com
Glenn Prangnell’s Trouserphonic Records label is home to Groovy Uncle and Suzi Chunk and has done an excellent job keeping the flag flying for the beat and R&B sounds of the Sixties. This release, the first on the label that doesn’t feature Prangnell or Chunk, makes it clear from the off with the band's name that record producer Jim Riley has taken a slightly different route with his debut for the label.