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Moon to the Heart of Heaven (2 CDs)

TATSUYA KOUMAZAKI & PANGAEA

Moon to the Heart of Heaven (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD5914


Price: 39.99

Latest album from the guitarist/kyujo hensyo player with group on shinobue, noukan (flutes) koto, bass, percussion, biwa and syo. Relaxing, laid back acoustic guitar with mix of western and traditional instrument accompaniment. Beautifully recorded and performed.

CD1.

1. Housen 2. Daigo 3. Moon Castle 8:41 4.Omoro 5. Wind rippling the sea of grass 6. Yin yue yao yuan? 7. Kie 8. Mahorozakura

CD2.

9. Bansyou - Moon Suite 10. Vol.1 Something was left on the moon 11. Vol.2 Longing for the moon 12. Vol.3 Landing from the moon 13.Vol.4 The moon above the earth 14. Kannon 15. Vol.5 Children's song of the moon 16. Vol.6 Full moon and a little moon 17. Vol.7 The crescent 18. Vol.8 The moon dancing on the waves 19. Jisyo 20. Vol.9 A cradle of the moon 21. Vol.10 Words from Moon Flowers 22. Vol.11 The 13th moon 23. Vol.12 Mikaerizuki



Spirits Vibrations / Language Kletegan Hati

TATSUYA KOUMAZAKI & DHARMA SHANTHI

Spirits Vibrations / Language Kletegan Hati

Ref: FSD4111


Price: 24.99

Recorded in Ubud, Bali, this is a collaboration between Japanese guitarist Tatsuya Koumazaki and a ten piece gamelan group called Dharma Shanthi. Koumazaki is used to playing his guitar with its special design, tunings and sound (similar to a Japanese koto) in unusual collaborations such as with Japanese Buddhist chanters. His guitar either picks out the melody or is used in quite a percussive way and on the final track accompanies a single instrument, the gender. 1. Empathy 2.The First Meeting 3. Sekanti 4. Jalanan Ke Bulan 5. Kesanga 6. Ameagari.

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Former Home

TATSUYA KOUMAZAKI & PANGAEA

Former Home

Ref: FSD4187


Price: 24.99

Guitarist Tatsuya Koumazaki is joined by percussion, shibobue flute, koto, waidaiko drums, sho (pipe organ) on an album that mixes traditional and contemporary Japanese sounds with elements of gagaku, shomyo (buddhist chants) and even some Balinese gamelan. 1. Furusato / Former Home 2. The Beat of the Steppe 3. The Moon at Bago 4. Totorasu 5. Funaya (Song for Mother) 6. Nostalgia for Home 7. At a Period of Autumnal Cold 8. Stranger



Hikari Iro

LIPS

Hikari Iro

Ref: FSD3960


Price: 23.99

New Age / Healing / Japanese Traditional female duo on koto and flute play a bit of classical (Debussy) a bit of jazz (Take Five) and some Japanese lyrical tunes (Sakura). 10 tracks. 1.Haru no Yoru 2. Shunka 3. Byakko 4. Sosuika 5. Uyuudai 6. Amairo no Kami no Otome 7. Oborozukiyo 8.Take Five 9. Muso 10. Sakura



Memories - Jia Peng Fang Best

JIA PENG FANG

Memories - Jia Peng Fang Best

Ref: FSD3885


Price: 23.99

Jia Peng Fang started playing the Chinese erhu ( 2 stringed bowed violin) from the age of 8. He studied at the Central Music Academy's Folk Music Department in Beijing before he moved to Japan in 1988. where he teaches and plays with musicians from the Japanese pop, jazz and classical music worlds, plays on TV commercials and film soundtracks. He has also performed at the Carnegie Hall in New York. His music is a blend of Chinese and Western music, backed by synthesizers into a kind of New Age style. 12 tracks including newly released versions. 1. Sirious (from Faraway) 2. Silent Moon (from River) 3. Sweet Dreams (from Rainbow) 4. A Water Lilly (from Faraway) 5. Rainbow (from Rainbow) 6. Pure (from Faraway) 7. Bokyo 8. Xinglin Hupan (from River) 9. Shichahai in the Morning (from River) 10. Mirage of the Fall (from River) 11. Memory of Childhood (from Rainbow) 12. Silent Moon (Studio Live Version).



The Music of Earth

TONE

The Music of Earth

Ref: FSD3854


Price: 26.99

Tone are Yukihiro Mitsuka (shakuhachi and group leader), Mihoko Ono (koto) and Ryoichi Soyama (acoustic guitar, synthesizer. Their music combines traditional instruments with western sounds. While interesting in places, their sound is overall quite lightweight bordering on BGM elevator music. 1. Annupuri 2. Kakko no Mori 3. Kaze 4. Chikyu-Misaki 5. Kamuy 6. Yoko 7. Shuppatsu 8. Ishikari-gawa



The Music of Earth - 2nd

The Music of Earth - 2nd

Ref: FSD3855


Price: 26.99

In much the same vain as the first album. Fairly lightweight songs combining shakuhachi and koto with guitar and synthesizers. 1. Harunire no Ki 2. Tokachino 3. Toypira 4. The Music of Earth 5. Sunayama 6. Hamanasu 7.Daichi 8. Toya 9. Yuki Monogatari 10. Hoshi no Furu Sato.



The Music of Earth III

TONE

The Music of Earth III

Ref: FSD3856


Price: 26.99

The group are based in Hokkaido and draw inspiration from the mountains, seasons and the general beauty of their environment. On this album are some exciting moments as well some other rather forgetable ones. 1. Kita Hiko 2. Tono 3. Natsuame 4. Komori Uta 5. Kiri no Hi 6. Yume Tome 7. Hana Densetsu 8. Kyoshu 9. Tabi 10. Michi



The Music of Earth 4th - Warmth

TONE

The Music of Earth 4th - Warmth

Ref: FSD3865


Price: 26.99

Latest album, 11 tracks of healing, new age meets Japanese traditional.



Four Seasons

TONE

Four Seasons

Ref: FSD3857


Price: 21.99

Mini album with four tracks one for each of the seasons. 1. Fuyu (Winter) 2. Haru (Spring) 3. Natsu (Summer) 4. Aki (Autumn).



Healing Koto - 100 Japanese Songs on Koto Vol. 1. (A - I)

COLLAGE

Healing Koto - 100 Japanese Songs on Koto Vol. 1. (A - I)

Ref: FSD3813


Price: 19.99

Famous Japanese songs played healing new age style by the group Collage featuring koto player Mie Kato and producer Hiroshi Igarashi, on synthesizer, programming, guitar and other instruments. Tracks include Aoge ba Toutoshi, Akai Kutsu, Aka-tombo, Amefuri, Amefuri Otsuki san, Amefuri Kumano ko.



Healing Koto - 100 Japanese Songs on Koto Vol. 2. (I - O)

COLLAGE

Healing Koto - 100 Japanese Songs on Koto Vol. 2. (I - O)

Ref: FSD3814


Price: 19.99

Koto plus synthesizer and other western instruments on versions of famous Japanese tunes including Inu no Omawari san, Ue o Muite Arukou, Umi, Ureshii Hinamatsuri, Edo Komoriuta, Ookina Kuri no Ki no Shitade, Oshogatsu.



Healing Koto - 100 Japanese Songs on Koto Vol. 3. (O - Ka)

COLLAGE

Healing Koto - 100 Japanese Songs on Koto Vol. 3. (O - Ka)

Ref: FSD3815


Price: 19.99

Pleasant enough new age healing versions of Japanese songs on koto and luscious keyboard arrangements. Tracks include Ohanashi Yubi san, Oborozukiyo, Omocha no Cha Cha Cha, Kahsan no Uta, Kata, Tataki, Kamome no Suihei san, Karatachi no Hana.



Healing Koto - 100 Japanese Songs on Koto Vol. 4. (Ki - Ko)

COLLAGE

Healing Koto - 100 Japanese Songs on Koto Vol. 4. (Ki - Ko)

Ref: FSD3816


Price: 19.99

Koto plays Japanese well known songs with western accompaniment: Kisha Poppo, Kyo no Hi wa Saoyounara, Koinobori, Kojo no Tsuki, Kono Michi, Konnichiwa Aka chan



Healing Koto - 100 Japanese Songs on Koto Vol. 5. (Sa - Su)

COLLAGE

Healing Koto - 100 Japanese Songs on Koto Vol. 5. (Sa - Su)

Ref: FSD3817


Price: 19.99

The famous tracks on this one include Sakura Sakura, Sacchan, Shiawase nara Te o Tatakou, Shiki no Uta, Jidai, Shabom-dama, Zui Zui Zukkorobashi.



Healing Koto - 100 Japanese Songs on Koto Vol. 6. (Se - Tsu)

COLLAGE

Healing Koto - 100 Japanese Songs on Koto Vol. 6. (Se - Tsu)

Ref: FSD3818


Price: 19.99

Sei-kurabe, Zosan, Takibi, Chiisai Aki Mitsuketa, Tulip, Tsuki no Sabaku, Tsubas o Kudasai and other tunes played on koto and western instrumentation by the group Collage.



Healing Koto - 100 Japanese Songs on Koto Vol. 7. (Te - Na)

COLLAGE

Healing Koto - 100 Japanese Songs on Koto Vol. 7. (Te - Na)

Ref: FSD3819


Price: 19.99

Collage play Te ho Hira o Taiyo ni, Tohryan se, Doremi no Uta, Donguri Koro Koro, Tombo no Megane, Nada Sou Sou, Natsuno Omoide and other well known Japanese tunes.



Healing Koto - 100 Japanese Songs on Koto Vol. 8. (Na - Fu)

COLLAGE

Healing Koto - 100 Japanese Songs on Koto Vol. 8. (Na - Fu)

Ref: FSD3820


Price: 19.99

Tracks include Nanatsu no Ko, Hana, Hanyu no Yado, Hamachidori, Hamabe no Uta, Haru ga Kita, Haru no Ogawa



Healing Koto - 100 Japanese Songs on Koto Vol. 9. (Fu - Mu)

COLLAGE

Healing Koto - 100 Japanese Songs on Koto Vol. 9. (Fu - Mu)

Ref: FSD3821


Price: 19.99

This selection of tracks includes Fuyugeshiki, Fuyu no Seiza, Furusato, Hotoru no Hikari, Miagete goran Yoru no Hoshi o, Mikan no saku Oka, Musunde Hiraite



Healing Koto - 100 Japanese Songs on Koto Vol. 10. (Me - Wa)

COLLAGE

Healing Koto - 100 Japanese Songs on Koto Vol. 10. (Me - Wa)

Ref: FSD3822


Price: 19.99

Tracks on the final volume of Japanese songs played on koto with new age style accompaniment include Medaka no Gakko, Momiji, Yashi no Mi, Yuhi, Yuyake Koyake, Yuki, Ryoshu, Ringo no Uta



Yashi VI

VARIOUS

Yashi VI

Ref: FSD3720


Price: 24.99

Latest compilation from Chapter One / Pacific Moon of Asian New Age / Healing with artists from China and Japan. These include Jia Peng-Fang on erhu (Chinese bowed violin) Hiroshi Nagashima on oud (Arabic lute), taiko group Bonten, pianist Masaji Watanabe, composer Kiyoshi Yoshida and Tone, a trio of shakuhachi, koto and guitar.



Butterfly Effect

HAJIME

Butterfly Effect

Ref: FSD3592


Price: 25.99

Hajime is a pianist who divides his time between Paris and Sapporo. He's known for his melodious compositions in a kind of new age/healing style that are sometimes performed with an ensemble. Has played at major festivals in Japan such as the Rising Sun rock festival and overseas such as MIDEM 2007 (Cannes) and Manchester In the City 2006. 12 tracks including Butterfly Effect, Le Papillon de Paris, and Travel Notes in Napoli Mercato, Sicily Rondo and Okinawa.



Out of Border

HIDEKI TOGI

Out of Border

Ref: FSD3551


Price: 26.99

Hideki Togi plays the sho (bamboo mouth organ) and hichiriki (flute) instruments used in the stately court music, gagaku. He played the traditional music with the Imperial Palace Gagaku Orchestra, but has become much better known for breathing new life into the instruments by playing a kind of new age music. On this album he sinks to new depths (or reaches new heights depending on your point of view) playing covers of western classics, and Japanese pop hits. These include Romeo & Juliet (Prokofiev), Turandot (Puccini) and Japanese pop songs Sweet Memories and Yozora no Muko (SMAP).



Buddhist Chanting- Music for the Path to Spiritual Enlightenment

Buddhist Chanting- Music for the Path to Spiritual Enlightenment

Ref: FSD2442


Price: 9.99

'On Buddhist Chanting-Music For the Path to Spiritual Enlightenment', Nascente's Far Eastern expert, Paul Fisher has compiled a unique double album of mantras and Buddhist music. The electronic keyboard accompaniment augmented by Chinese traditional elements contained on this album is designed to add accessibility and atmosphere to the overall effect- creating music suitable for Buddhist prayers as well as being perfect for relaxing and unwinding to, whatever your path.' 2 CD set, 6 tracks. Click Read About for the full liner notes.



Hotel Ibah

BLUE ASIA

Hotel Ibah

Ref: FSD2852b


Price: 25.99

Blue Asia is the brain child of Japanese producer Makoto Kubota. He toured the world in the 1980s with his group the Sunset Gang, and the later the Sunsetz. He introduced Okinawan and Asian elements into his music, eventually becoming a full time producer, working with a variety of artists from Indonesia (Elvy Sukaesih, Detty Kurnia) to Madagascar (Njava). His co-conspiritors in Blue Asia are long time assistant Yoichi Ikeda and Malaysians Mac Chew and Jenny Chin, both Berklee graduates and top arrangers. Hotel Ibah is their first album featured around the gamelan music of Bali. As always with Kubota's projects, the is of the highest quality. Original, inspiring, a cool ambience of jegog bamboo gamelan, kecak chants, suling flutes, bells, chimes and more blended together with stylized electronic backing.



Hotel Ibah (with DVD)

BLUE ASIA/MAKOTO KUBOTA

Hotel Ibah (with DVD)

Ref: FSD1704


Price: 29.99

DVD with music by four Asian musicians produced and mixed by Makoto Kubota. Balinese and Sundanese gamelan expertly melded together by a master producer with some Turkish and Middle Eastern influences broadening the soundscape. More mellow than most things Kubota's done but this makes great late night listening and on headphones.The visuals are of scenes, images, festivals, and people of Bali, beatifully put together.



Hotel Waimea

MAKOTO KUBOTA

Hotel Waimea

Ref: FSD1802a


Price: 25.99

Third album in Kubota's fascinating 'hotel' series, and after Bali and Turkey, this time focused on Hawaii. Featuring Yuki Yamauchi and Martin Pahinui, Kubota leaves his trademark sound and innovation as always.



Hotel Rechamploo

BLUE ASIA

Hotel Rechamploo

Ref: FSD1803


Price: 25.99

Compilation of Blue Asia/Makoto Kubota's three superb 'Hotel' albums: Ibah (Bali) Istanbul (Turkey) and Waimea (Hawaii).

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Cafe Siam

VARIOUS

Cafe Siam

Ref: FSD2724


Price: 26.99

Compiled by Makoto Kubota to go with the Blue Asia Hotel Bangkok CD. Eight tracks are taken from the excellent tradtional recordings of Thai music from various King Records series. These include phin (guitar) solo, traditional morlam singing with khaen accompaniment, jahke (zither) pong laang (xylophone) and pee (reed oboe). The other five tracks are superb new recordings by Makoto Kubota in Thailand of a small combo playing some sublime traditional tunes. Wonderful.

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Cafe Mekong

VARIOUS

Cafe Mekong

Ref: FSD2174


Price: 25.99

An album of Vietnamese and 'Indo-Chinese' music from the King catalogue compiled by Makoto Kubota, who recorded his 'Hotel Vietnam' for the same label. An excellent selection that takes you on a discovery of local traditions.



Aloha Therapy - Ambient Hawaii

MAKOTO KUBOTA

Aloha Therapy - Ambient Hawaii

Ref: FSD1100


Price: 25.99

Makoto Kubota has arranged the takes from Sandii's album into a relaxing, ambient sound.

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Kizuna

ZAN

Kizuna

Ref: FSD3343


Price: 19.99

Young guys playing shakuhachi and koto (including the 17 string bass one). The music is a sort of watered down Japanese 'traditional' easy listening with drum machines and electric bass on some tracks. Mini CD of 7 tracks, plus DVD with 2 video clips.



Yawaragi

VARIOUS

Yawaragi

Ref: FSD3344


Price: 20.99

Compilation of Japanese traditional 'healing' music played on koto, shakuhachi etc by young musicians. These include Kokohana (25 string koto unit) Hideaki Matsumoto (shakuhachi) Sakura Project (Japanese traditional and classical instruments). 8 tracks, mostly original tunes.



Omoide

VARIOUS

Omoide

Ref: FSD3345


Price: 20.99

Another compilation of Japanese traditional meets New Age, this one of lyrical songs and lullabies including from Okinawa and Amami. 8 tracks from Sakura Project, Kokohana, Akito Obama (shakuhachi) and T's Colour among others.



Spirit of Healing - Okinawa

VARIOUS

Spirit of Healing - Okinawa

Ref: FSD3096


Price: 22.99

Words such as 'Spirit' and 'Healing' normally set off alarm bells here, as an excuse to add a few nature sounds or slushy keyboards over some decorative ethnic sounds to appeal to a new age market. Which makes this album's delights all the more welcome. While there are the expected ocean and forest sounds and the occasional lush keyboards, this is a beautifully crafted CD that showcases some of Okinawa's most well known traditions, instruments and songs, (mo-ashibi, sanshin, Tsuki nu Kaisha) as well as some lesser known traditions (prayers) instruments such as Ryukyu kokkyu (erhu), ryukin (zither) and some superb vocal performances from Sachiko Shima, Coi-na and Team Kukuru, with music played by Toru Yonaha and others.



Spirit of Healing - India

MAKOTO KUBOTA

Spirit of Healing - India

Ref: FSD3155


Price: 21.99

Makoto Kubota's first Indian excursion features various musicians recorded in Chennai on bamboo flute, violin, sitar, veena, dilruba, steel guitar, mandolin, tabla, dholak, udu and some superb vocalists to which Kubota has addded his trademark programmed beats, keyboards plus guitar and bass. His Blue Asia pals, Jenny Chin, Mac Chew and Yoichi Ikeda all help out at various points too. All tunes are Kubota or Blue Asia originals except for a wonderful version of Ever So Lonely. Quality Indian chill out music but not quite like anything you've heard before.



Spirit of Healing - Hawaii

STEPHEN JONES, BRYAN KESSLER

Spirit of Healing - Hawaii

Ref: FSD3188


Price: 19.99

From the excellent (surprisingly) Spirit of Healing Series, Hawaii combines natural sounds (sea, surf) with acoustic instrumentation including ukulele and slack key guitar, steel guitar, plus bass, various nose flutes, keyboards, all performed by artitsts based on Oahu, Hawaii.



Sanshin Plays Okinawan Songs

KENJI YANO

Sanshin Plays Okinawan Songs

Ref: FSD2644


Price: 25.99

New album by the man behind Surf Champlers and Sarabandge and Okinawan Cafe Music. Solo sanshin playing of contemporary classics of Okinawan music, in fairly easy listening style. Songs includes Hana (Shokichi Kina), Nada Sousou (Rimi Natsukawa), Shimanchu nu Takara (Begin), Shimauta (The Boom), Warabigami (Misako Koja), and classics such as Asadoya Yunta, Tinsagu nu Hana and Akata Sun Dunchi. Great as background music and to hear some of Okinawa's best known melodies on it's most recognized instrument.



Okinawan Cafe Music - Old Okinawan Traditional Songs

THE SANSHIN CAFE ORCHESTRA

Okinawan Cafe Music - Old Okinawan Traditional Songs

Ref: FSD1603


Price: 26.99

Instrumental versions of Okinawan songs, played on sanshin and guitar with percussion, keyboards electronic sound effects and mouth organ, resulting in the first ever Okinawan meets country music on the song "Wild East".



Okinawa Seaside Walking

VARIOUS

Okinawa Seaside Walking

Ref: FSD2326


Price: 26.99

Imagine yourself walking along a beautiful beach in Okinawa. Well, that's exactly what the compilers hope you can do as you listen to a selection of songs and instrumentals with a decidely laid back feel. Excellent selection that includes Donto, Yachimun, Roli, Parsha Club, Sarabandge, Yoshiyuki Chinen, Sanshin Cafe Orchestra, Ganeko Yoriko and Yoshikawa Chuei.



I Love China

VARIOUS

I Love China

Ref: FSD4042


Price: 18.99

Compilation of Chinese artists playing traditional instruments, such as Cao Xue Jing (Erhu), Jiang Xiaoqing (Guzheng) Fei Jianrong (Pipa, Sanxien), Jia Peng Fang (Erhu), George Gao (Erhu) and singer Jenny Zhang mostly accompanied by western instrumentation in a kind of new age mix. Some pure traditional tracks and some tasteful productions and arrangements of Chinese traditional songs, Japanese popular songs and original tunes. 14 tracks. 1. Heri jun zailai -[Ye Lai Xiang] Jiang Xiaoqing & Fei Jianrong 2. Boy in the sunset -Jia Peng Fang 3. Shimauta- Cao Xuejing 4. Three Variations of the Plum Blossom -[Continental Melody] Fei Jianrong 5. Hua-Zi Hill -George Gao 6. Shyounen-Jidai - Jiang Xiaoqing & Fei Jianrong 7. Shanghai story - Cao Xuejing 8. Kougenfujo - Cao Xuejing 9. Big Waves Against the Sand - Fei Jianrong 10. Aisansan - Cao Xuejing 11. Nada-Sousou -Cao Xuejing 12. Tokino-Nagareni-Miwomakase - Jiang Xiaoqing & Fei Jianrong 13. Magnolia Park -George Gao & Jenny Zhang 14. Sarai - Cao Xue Jing



Chinese Healing - Heaven on Earth

GEORGE GAO & JENNY ZHANG

Chinese Healing - Heaven on Earth

Ref: FSD3189


Price: 20.99

Collaboration between erhu (Chinese violin) player Geroge Gao and Chinese singer Jenny Zhang. Easy listening versions of classical (Ave Maria) jazz (My Favourite Things) pop and Chinese tunes. This album is a compilation from their past releases Heaven on Earth and The Villa which were hits in Canada. Appeals to the New Age market. 13 tracks.



Feel Your Heart Everytime

CHEN HAO

Feel Your Heart Everytime

Ref: FSD3347


Price: 23.99

Chinese actress Chen Hao became a superstar with Chinese communities across Asia when she starred in the TV drama Pink Ladies. Well now she's making records as well and making them in Japan. Bossa Nova, French Jazz, and New Age are combined into an album of Asian Healing. Apparently.



Erhu

CAO XUE JING

Erhu

Ref: FSD3190


Price: 19.99

Cao Xue Jing is an erhu (2 stringed Chinese fiddle) player based in Japan. He is best known for providing the theme tune to Japan's long running News 23 programme. On this CD he plays that old favourite in Japan Amazing Grace, the theme to Hayao Miyazaki's anime classic Howl's Moving Castle, Chinese traditional, Japanese pop and classical tunes. His erhu is accompanied by piano, cello and saxophone. 12 tracks.



Asian Dream

JIANG XIAOQING & FEI JIANRONG

Asian Dream

Ref: FSD4046


Price: 18.99

Jiang Xiaoqing (guzheng), Fei Jianrong (pipa,sanxien) plus Daisaku Kume (piano, synth, pianica) and others perform a mixture of Asian and Japanese tunes, including the Peanuts 'Vacance de l'amour'. 1. Ye Lai Xiang 2. Shounenjidai 3. Miagetegoran Yorunohosiwo 4. Amairono Kamio Otome 5. Sakutazaka 6. The River of Rain (Fei Jianrong Original) 7. Last Emperor-Theme 8. Chijounohoshi 9. Ihoujin-Silk Road's Theme 10. Heri jun zailai 11. Tokinonagarenimiwomakase 12. Kokoro-no-tabi (Jiang Xiaoqing Original) 13. Asian Dream 14.Koino Vacance (Vacance de l'amour) (Vocal:Jiang Xiaoqing & Fei Jianrong)



Best of Cao Xuejing

CAO XUEJING

Best of Cao Xuejing

Ref: FSD4045


Price: 18.99

Chinese erhu renditions of mostly Japanese and Okinawan popular songs including Hana, Nada Sousou, Umukaji, and his tune 'Put Your Hands Up', the theme tune to the TV programme News 23.



Memories - Jia Peng Fang Best

JIA PENG FANG

Memories - Jia Peng Fang Best

Ref: FSD3885


Price: 23.99

Jia Peng Fang started playing the Chinese erhu ( 2 stringed bowed violin) from the age of 8. He studied at the Central Music Academy's Folk Music Department in Beijing before he moved to Japan in 1988. where he teaches and plays with musicians from the Japanese pop, jazz and classical music worlds, plays on TV commercials and film soundtracks. He has also performed at the Carnegie Hall in New York. His music is a blend of Chinese and Western music, backed by synthesizers into a kind of New Age style. 12 tracks including newly released versions. 1. Sirious (from Faraway) 2. Silent Moon (from River) 3. Sweet Dreams (from Rainbow) 4. A Water Lilly (from Faraway) 5. Rainbow (from Rainbow) 6. Pure (from Faraway) 7. Bokyo 8. Xinglin Hupan (from River) 9. Shichahai in the Morning (from River) 10. Mirage of the Fall (from River) 11. Memory of Childhood (from Rainbow) 12. Silent Moon (Studio Live Version).



Shisui Suimei

JIA PENG FANG & HIROKO KUWAKINO

Shisui Suimei

Ref: FSD4043


Price: 18.99

Chinese two stringed violin, the erhu, played by Jia Peng Fang and Hiroko Kuwakino, accompanied by synthesizer, acoustic guitars and percussion into a mostly new age style of music. Music composed & arranged by Yoshihiko Sano 1. Foreigner in Shanghai 2. Boy in the sunset 3. Ocean harmony 4. Rainy day on the beach 5. Under the blue sky 6. Maryvonne's cherrytree 7. Farewell in the hill 8. Kinmokusei 9. From savanna to the hill 10. Misty dawn



Shimauta - Erhu

CAO XUE JING

Shimauta - Erhu

Ref: FSD3191


Price: 19.99

Cao Xue Jing plays some of the most popular Okinawan songs on erhu, the Chinese two stringed bowed fiddle. He is accompanied by piano, sanshin, guitar, bass and percussion.1.Shimauta 2.Tinsagu nu Hana 3.Hana 4.Juku no Haru 5.Asadoya Yunta 6.Haisai Ojisan 7.Koishikute 8.Warabigami 9.Nada Sousou 10.Wadatsumi no Ki 11.Umukaji 12.Satoukibi-batake 13.Bashofu 14.Tsuki nu Kaisha



Tonkori

OKI

Tonkori

Ref: FSD2722


Price: 25.99

Tonkori is the long skinny Ainu stringed instrument. Oki, after listening to old reel to reel recordings of Ainu elders playing solo tonkori decided to 'transcend time and star in his very own period piece'. The repetitive phrases of these old traditional tunes transport the listener into a tonkori trance, exactly as Oki himself would imagine would happen if he could play along with those elder Ainu whose recordings he stumbled upon. 15 tracks with English liner notes. Fantastic.

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Obokuri

IKUE ASAZAKI

Obokuri

Ref: FSD2653


Price: 26.99

Ikue Asazaki is an elderly lady from Amami island whose voice is full of character, slightly hoarse and sometimes with falsetto. On this album she sings Okinawan and Amami traditional minyo, plus old Japanese songs and lullabies. Excellent.



Uta Ashiibi

IKUE ASAZAKI

Uta Ashiibi

Ref: FSD2242


Price: 26.99

Veteran female singer from Amami island, who in her twilight years got signed by a major. Her music sometimes borders on the new age / healing, and here collaborations with pianists and guitar players such as Chichi Matsumura from Gontiti continue this theme.



Utaba Utayun

IKUE ASAZAKI

Utaba Utayun

Ref: FSD1723


Price: 26.99

The three songs on Asazaki's mini-album get re-released onto a full album with six new recordings, and two interludes of voice and soundscape. Asazaki's vocals are accompanied by Akira Takahashi's piano on a kind of Okinawa meets new age piano CD. But don't let that put you off too much. It's actually a pleasant enough listen, designed to soothe the senses rather than stir them. Wonderful Japanese vocalist UA guests on one track adding street cred.



Koto Sebastian Bach 2000

MIEKO MIYAZAKI

Koto Sebastian Bach 2000

Ref: FSD1557


Price: 26.99

New Age waffle? sort of. Bach pieces played on Japanese koto (harp) with dreamy synthesizers in the background.

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Koto Ambient Chopin

MIEKO MIYAZAKI

Koto Ambient Chopin

Ref: FSD1814


Price: 26.99

Chopin nocturnes, preludes, waltzes, etudes, played on the koto (harp) with synthesizers in the background. Pleasant if you are in an elevator; as long as it doesn't get stuck.



The Seawave and Camellia

AKIHITO OBAMA

The Seawave and Camellia

Ref: FSD2812


Price: 25.99

Akihito Obama is one of the best young shakuhachi players in Japan. He has played with the excellent Takio Band and performed in many countries around the world. On this album he plays duets with six other top musicians on a variety of instruments. Akira Horikoshi (percussion), Yukihiro Goto (Satsuma biwa), Hiroshi Yoshino (wood bass), Taro Matsumoto (shakuhachi), Yuriko Mukoujima (viola) and Etsuko Takezawa (17 stringed koto). It all hangs together well, with a lot of variety and some great musicianship.



East Current

DOZAN FUJIWARA & EMIKO MIYAZAKI

East Current

Ref: FSD2643


Price: 26.99

Dozan Fujiwara is a young shakuhachi player who studied under the great Hozan Yamamoto. Emiko Miyazaki is a female koto player, known for her contemporary performance and compositions. This CD contains some of Miyazaki's original tunes, Japanese folk tunes, tango and others styles on a varied CD.



Sora

KINOHACHI

Sora

Ref: FSD2539


Price: 26.99

Shakuhachi (bamboo flute) player Kinohachi is a student of the pioneering Kifu Mitsuhashi, active back in the 60s. Kinohachi is attempting to do roughly the same as his master on his first album, that is bring something new and fresh to the instrument. His imagination however doesn't stretch much beyond adding synthesizers, programmed beats and attempting to look cool on the cover. Music seemingly made to have on in the background, which is fine if that's what you want.



Iki

KINOHACHI

Iki

Ref: FSD2538


Price: 26.99

Kinohachi's second album is an improvement on his debut. The backing has a slightly harder, more interesting edge to it, and his playing has more expression.



Sakura Project

SAKURA PROJECT

Sakura Project

Ref: FSD2642


Price: 24.99

12 Girls Band from China become popular in Japan (and in the USA) for being rather attractive girls playing Chinese music on traditional instruments. Groups who sound and look a bit like 12 Girls Band have now emerged. Enter Sakura Project, 6 girls playing Japanese traditional instruments, biwa, koto, sho, plus wood bass, flute and vibraphone. They play a mixture of Oriental and Western tunes. It all sounds very nice on this mini CD. Unfortunately the final outcome is likely they will disappear as fast as they emerged.



Chouchou Musubi

KOKOHANA

Chouchou Musubi

Ref: FSD2993


Price: 25.99

Two young female koto players perform various tunes under the guise of healing music. They play 25 stringed koto on nine tracks, mostly original tunes with titles such as 'gentle rain'.



Furai

ZAN

Furai

Ref: FSD2398


Price: 20.99

Zan are three young cool image conscious musicians who've learned to play Japanese traditional instruments such as shakuhachi, fue, koto and junana-gen (seventeen stringed koto). On this mini-album with 6 tracks they play East Asian contemporary tunes on those instruments. Melodic and easy on the ear.

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Shunshoku Saika

TOGI+BAO

Shunshoku Saika

Ref: FSD2537


Price: 26.99

Hideki Togi has Japanese court music, gagaku, running through his veins.His family have been engaged with preserving and developing this ancient musical style for over 1300 years. Some might say, for the last few years Togi has been engaged in watering down the tradition, by turning gagaku into a so-called 'healing' pap. Togi has combined his hichiriki (a gagaku wind instrument) with synthesizers and western instruments in an attempt to bridge the gap between east and west, take an ancient sound into the modern world....you get the picture. On this latest album, Togi teams up with a 6 piece Chinese group called Bao from Shanghai who are playing a variety of Chinese traditional instruments. This makes perfect sense as the roots of gagaku lie in China. Nevertheless, it's still heavily marketed as healing / new age. CD extra comes with live footage of Togi and Bao playing together.



Kannonraku

SACHIHO KOJIMA

Kannonraku

Ref: FSD2475


Price: 26.99

Solo album from Sachiko Kojima, the ex-Zelda and current Amana member. Kojima sings, plays various zithers and is accompanied by Indian and African instruments in a kind of swirling blanket of traditional sounds. All very hypnotic. Includes the song Nami, written by Donto.



Hoa Tau - Tranh Sao Bao Vol.2

VARIOUS

Hoa Tau - Tranh Sao Bao Vol.2

Ref: FSD2914


Price: 12.99

Easy listening Vietnamese instrumental music played on three traditional instruments with keyboards and drum machines.

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Dem Tan Ben Ngu

VARIOUS

Dem Tan Ben Ngu

Ref: FSD2916


Price: 12.99

Dem Tan Ben Ngu (Night's End at the Royal Docks) is a tune based on Hue traditional music, as are the other nine songs on this CD. Modern instrumental versions of those tunes played on dan bau, dan tranh, with keyboard backing. Vietnamese easy listening.

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Arabic Cafe

VARIOUS

Arabic Cafe

Ref: FSD3092


Price: 25.99

Accompanying CD to Blue Asia's Hotel Morocco. Compiled by Makoto Kubota, includes new recordings of some of featured artists on Hotel Morocco, such as Youssef Gnawa, other new recordings of some deeply rootsy, hypnotic gnawa and other Moroccan music many performed live and solo. 13 fantastic tracks.



World Cafe

VARIOUS

World Cafe

Ref: FSD1703


Price: 23.99

Tracks from the King World Music library, compiled and mastered by Makoto Kubota. Not much more than old tracks reissued into a hip package, but Kubota has chosen well with music from Burma, Timor, Madagascar, Mongolia, Greece, Nepal, Vietnam and elsewhere. Hugely enjoyable CD that is full of discoveries.

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Kaffe Dunya

VARIOUS

Kaffe Dunya

Ref: FSD2264


Price: 25.99

Compiled by Makoto Kubota from the King World Music catalogue of various world music. Part 2 of the equally excellent World Cafe.

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Cafe Siam

VARIOUS

Cafe Siam

Ref: FSD2724


Price: 26.99

Compiled by Makoto Kubota to go with the Blue Asia Hotel Bangkok CD. Eight tracks are taken from the excellent tradtional recordings of Thai music from various King Records series. These include phin (guitar) solo, traditional morlam singing with khaen accompaniment, jahke (zither) pong laang (xylophone) and pee (reed oboe). The other five tracks are superb new recordings by Makoto Kubota in Thailand of a small combo playing some sublime traditional tunes. Wonderful.

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Cafe Mekong

VARIOUS

Cafe Mekong

Ref: FSD2174


Price: 25.99

An album of Vietnamese and 'Indo-Chinese' music from the King catalogue compiled by Makoto Kubota, who recorded his 'Hotel Vietnam' for the same label. An excellent selection that takes you on a discovery of local traditions.



108 Gongs

108 GONGS

108 Gongs

Ref: FSD1642


Price: 18.99

The sound of crickets, a pounding bass gong, the occasional bird call, the sound of thunder. You can't tap your foot to it, or sing along to it, just wonder how it is that 40 minutes of this makes not just pretty good background noise, but an inspiring listen.

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Spirit of Healing - Bali

MAKOTO KUBOTA

Spirit of Healing - Bali

Ref: FSD2792


Price: 18.99

Makoto Kubota has created a superb album of Balinese (and Javanese) soundscapes, from gamelan jegog to suling overlaid with cool beats and some natural sounds of the forest. Quite similar to Blue Asia's first album Hotel Ibah, but more laid back. As ever with Makoto Kubota this is a high quality album, great to chill out to, but equally great as a pure listening experience.



Shimauta - Erhu

CAO XUE JING

Shimauta - Erhu

Ref: FSD3191


Price: 19.99

Cao Xue Jing plays some of the most popular Okinawan songs on erhu, the Chinese two stringed bowed fiddle. He is accompanied by piano, sanshin, guitar, bass and percussion.1.Shimauta 2.Tinsagu nu Hana 3.Hana 4.Juku no Haru 5.Asadoya Yunta 6.Haisai Ojisan 7.Koishikute 8.Warabigami 9.Nada Sousou 10.Wadatsumi no Ki 11.Umukaji 12.Satoukibi-batake 13.Bashofu 14.Tsuki nu Kaisha



Arabic Cafe

VARIOUS

Arabic Cafe

Ref: FSD3092


Price: 25.99

Accompanying CD to Blue Asia's Hotel Morocco. Compiled by Makoto Kubota, includes new recordings of some of featured artists on Hotel Morocco, such as Youssef Gnawa, other new recordings of some deeply rootsy, hypnotic gnawa and other Moroccan music many performed live and solo. 13 fantastic tracks.



World Cafe

VARIOUS

World Cafe

Ref: FSD1703


Price: 23.99

Tracks from the King World Music library, compiled and mastered by Makoto Kubota. Not much more than old tracks reissued into a hip package, but Kubota has chosen well with music from Burma, Timor, Madagascar, Mongolia, Greece, Nepal, Vietnam and elsewhere. Hugely enjoyable CD that is full of discoveries.

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