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Stars Across the Ocean

by Akira Tana & Otonowa

Otonowa pays tribute to the communities still rebuilding after the 2011 Earthquake/Tsunami of Northern Japan (Tohoku) through the musical traditions of Japan and the expressions of jazz.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz quartet
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Down Town
Akira Tana & Otonowa
5:07 $0.99
2. Temujin
Akira Tana & Otonowa
5:33 $0.99
3. Hamachidori
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4:34 $0.99
4. Toryanse
Akira Tana & Otonowa
3:52 $0.99
5. Stars Across the Ocean
Akira Tana & Otonowa
6:14 $0.99
6. Hope for Now
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6:25 $0.99
7. Kurodabushi
Akira Tana & Otonowa
4:35 $0.99
8. Jogashima No Ame
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6:10 $0.99
9. Tetsuwan Atomu ("Astro Boy" Theme)
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5:04 $0.99
10. Nine Gates
Akira Tana & Otonowa
5:21 $0.99
11. Machiboke
Akira Tana & Otonowa
5:11 $0.99
12. Donguri Koro Koro
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4:36 $0.99
13. Nembutsu
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3:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
Otonowa, as an ensemble is more than a group of Japanese and Japanese
Americans recording enduring melodies with a jazz twist. It is a group that has a
strong emotional connection for the Japanese impacted by the Great Eastern
Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. Otonowa, which means “Sound Circle,” has
recorded and performed in the US to raise money for communities rebuilding
after this natural disaster that claimed close to 50,000 lives and displaced
thousands of others. It has also made multiple good will tours to Northern Japan.
It is a group that has an underlying purpose in addition to playing and interpreting
great music. Each trip has deepened our relationships with those still rebuilding
their lives and lets them know that many people around the world care about
Like its 2012 release, this recording includes more deft arrangements of
Japanese songs contributed by Ken Okada, Masaru Koga, and Art Hirahara.
Vocalist Saki Kono who has been a tireless supporter of Otonowa’s Japan tours
contributes a very interesting arrangement of the theme from the classic cartoon
show, Astro Boy. Donguri Koro Koro is a children’s song set to Gershwin’s “I
Got Rhythm” and provides a platform for some spirited collective improvisation.
Down Town, written by the pop star Tatsuro Yamashita is the theme song from a
popular TV game show. Jougashima No Ame, Kuroda Bushi, Toryanse,
Hama Chidori, Machibouke are also songs that have their own stories and are
part of the rich melodic tradition of Japanese folk and pop music. Nembutsu is
an arrangement of a hymn heard in my youth in the Buddhist Temple, growing up
in Northern California.
This second recording for Otonowa also includes original compositions by the
group members, one of which is this recording’s title. It is commonly said in
Japan that when one dies, the person becomes a star. It has been reported that
the night of the earthquake/tsunami, the clear skies were filled with beautiful
bright stars in the heavens. Masaru Koga’s evocative Stars Across The Ocean,
is a dedication to the people of Tohoku who perished in the disaster, and those
who continue to endure and persevere through the impact of tremendous loss.
My composition, Hope For Now, was originally recorded on a King Records of
Japan release entitled, Sound Circle invoke the hope and challenges facing the
future for Tohoku. Ken Okada's Temujin is the birth name of the Mongolian
emperor, Genghis Khan.Okada’s other composition, Nine Gates is an escape
move for players in a game of Mahjong.
Many musical styles are part of this comprehensive offering. More importantly,
this recording represents the ongoing, collective commitment by its members and
supporters to not forget the communities of Tohoku still experiencing difficult
times, even after five years following the disaster in 2011. While the material is
part of the process of self-discovery of cultural and musical histories, Otonowa
also serves as a reminder of how important music is to the spirit that is indeed,
cross-generational, timeless and without borders



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