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by Eriko Daimo

Debut album from the award-winning percussion artist, Eriko Daimo. 'Passionate, Sensitive, and technically perfect. She has the ability to become one with the music and transcend the audience into a state of ecstasy." - Kaoru Wada
Genre: Classical: Twentieth Century
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rain
3:12 $0.99
2. Rain Tree for 3 Percussion Players
15:34 album only
3. The Source for Solo Marimba: I.
5:28 $0.99
4. The Source for Solo Marimba: II.
6:37 $0.99
5. Marimba Spiritual for Solo Marimba With 3 Percussionists
17:23 album only
6. Furusato-Hometown
5:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
On my debut CD, Origin, I have chosen to record some of my favorite music by Japanese composers. On the surface level, the title connotes music from my own origin of Japan, but I think the word 'origin' has a deeper meaning in the context of art. Art is born from culture, and culture is born from mankind's innate instincts to feed the mind. Therefore, in a way art is a gateway for us to get in touch with the origin of the human spirit. I do not have the definitive answer to what art music is, but I personally believe that it is the sense of sincere human communication that makes any sound art. As evident of the repertoire I have chosen, which ranges from contemporary concert music to film music and folk song, I believe that art is irregardless of compositional language or complexity. Therefore, it is my hopes that through the music on this CD, I can inspire people to take some time to reflect, and for a moment return to our original human instincts to search for deeper meaning in life. -Eriko Daimo

Performers: Eriko Daimo, Johan Bridger(2&5), Patrick Raab(2&5), Ronni Kot Wenzell(5)
Photography and Artwork: Gian Andrea di Stefano
Producer: Tobias Brostrom & Patrick Raab
Recorded at the Copenhagen Opera House

Program Note:
Rain/ Ryuichi Sakamoto arr. Eriko Daimo
One of my most favorite movies is The Last Emperor, which focuses on the life of Puyi, the last Emperor of China. The reason why I was initially drawn to the film was because Mr. Ryuichi Sakamoto was one of three composers for the movie's soundtrack. The title, Rain, is from the scene where the second wife of Puyi decides to divorce him. The scene depicts her screaming, "I want a divorce!", then slips the divorce papers under the door and runs outside into the rain. This was an extremely powerful moment of the film for me, and I was touched by how perfectly the music captures the rain and the anguish of the princess's decision. Therefore, I immediately wanted to play this music on the marimba. The source of my solo marimba arrangement were Mr. Sakamoto's initial orchestral version, and also piano duo arrangement and piano/violin/cello arrangement by Mr. Sakamoto himself. (Eriko Daimo)

Rain Tree for 3 percussion players/ Toru Takemitsu
"Rain tree" was composed as part of my "Rain" series. This short musical sketch was inspired by my reading the following sentences from "Atama no ii Ame no Ki"(The Ingenious Rain Tree), a story by the well-known Japanese author, Kenzaburo Oe.
"It is called the 'Rain Tree' because it seems to make it rain. Whenever it rains at night, throughout the following morning the tree makes drops fall from all its richly growing leaves. While the other trees quickly dry out after the rain, the Rain Tree, because its leaves, no bigger than fingertips grow so closely together, can store up raindrops in its leaves. Truly an ingenious tree!"
This work is not intended to be a musical portrayal of a mere physical condition, but a metaphor for the water which is continually circulating throughout the universe. It is dedicated to Kenzaburo Oe and Sylvio Gualda, the French percussionist. (Toru Takemitsu)

The Source for Solo Marimba/ Toshi Ichiyanagi
The Source was inspired by the virtuoso African percussionist Kakraba Lobi who is a close friend of mine whom I deeply respect. Lobi had performed numerous times at the "Music in Museum", an event I used to produce which was held at the former Seibu Museum of Art, later known as the Sezon Museum of Art.
When Lobi performs, his hands move so independently as if they have wills of their own. His performance is highlighted by timbre of instruments made of natural materials, and richness and dynamism unbelievably produced from just a few keys. The unique world created from the traditional African Instruments made by Lobi himself, such as kogili, kokolele, pittima, and music learned from everyday life, can not be acquired in western tradition taught through educations and systems.
This piece was composed with the desire to recapture from a modern point of view the freshness of non-western music and the virtuosity made possible from performing daily since young, while thinking about the traditional African instruments mentioned earlier. The music is composed of two movements and it was composed for the debut recital of the marimbist Momoko Kamiya. (Toshi Ichiyanagi)

Marimba Spiritual for Solo Marimba with 3 Percussionists/ Minoru Miki
This piece was composed from 1983 to the beginning of 1984, keeping in mind the acute period of starvation and famine in Africa which was occurring at that time. The piece is composed in an organic fashion, with the first half of the piece as a static requiem and the last part a lively resurrection. The title is an expression of the total process. The piece was commissioned by NHK, but marimba player Keiko Abe requested the particular arrangement for number of percussion players. The premier was on March 18, 1984 in Amsterdam with Ms. Abe and the Nieuwe Slagwek Groep Amsterdam.
The rhythm patterns for the second part are taken from the festival drumming of the Chichibu area northwest of Tokyo. (Minoru Miki)

Furusato-Hometown-/ Teiichi Okano arr. Eriko Daimo
Furusato, which is translated into 'hometown', is a Japanese folksong. One day while I was on tour in Europe, I was walking alone to a concert hall to give a performance, and I suddenly felt very nostalgic towards my hometown in Kagoshima, Japan, and its people. The melody of Furusato was circling in my mind, therefore I played it as an encore for that performance. Since then, I have played this piece on numerous occasions, and also decided to commit it to paper. My hope is that this music will bring the listeners of this CD fond memories of your loved ones and your own hometown. (Eriko Daimo)



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