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Four Springs

by Hidè Takemoto

Hidè's technique can be traced back via his guru Keigo Fujii, José Luis Gonzaléz, Andrés Segovia, Miguel Llobet to the great Francisco Tárrega. Classical, rock, heavy-metal, Indian and Japanese music blended with his amazing classical guitar sound.
Genre: World: Japanese traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Moon Springs
5:14 $1.49
2. Hyperhythm (feat. Hibiki Ichikawa)
4:17 $1.49
3. Honey Rain
5:36 $1.49
4. Jonkara Bushi (feat. Hibiki Ichikawa)
4:59 $1.49
5. Kokiriko Bushi (feat. Hibiki Ichikawa)
3:08 $1.49
6. Sandrivers (feat. Koichi Sound-Doctor Shoji)
5:33 $1.49
7. Aka Tonbo (Autumn Dragonfly)
3:13 $1.49
8. My Shamisen Gently Carries On (feat. Hibiki Ichikawa)
6:01 $1.49
9. Nine Storms (feat. Hibiki Ichikawa)
5:08 $1.49
10. Furusato (Home)
3:52 $1.49
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Hidè's debut album 'FOUR SPRINGS', featuring Tsugaru-Shamisen player Hibiki Ichikawa, is a "Never been Heard" - a great fusion of Japanese, Spanish, Indian, Rock, and Dance music.

1. Moon Springs is a hotchpotch of my musical background. You can hear the 1st movement of Spring (Antonio Vivaldi), Hana and Kojo no Tsuki (Rentaro Taki), heavy-metal riffs and Indian Tihai rhythms.

2. Hyperhythm is a rhythm game between Hidè and Hibiki. Hemiola rhythm of 3/4 to 6/8 is used throughout the piece and lots more polyrhythms are added on top. We sigh with joy after such intense rhythms.

3. Honey Rain was originally written for a collaborate project with a master calligrapher Thomas Ingmire and a British artist, writer and poet Christine Kennedy. The piece is following the rain-drop like rhythm of her poem Diva, Fall, Jive: Mr. Verb Visits the Tayu.

4. Jonkara Bushi is a very popular repertoire for Tsugaru-Shamisen. Similar to jazz standards, different versions of this piece co-exist and, here is the newest version of the piece as a duet with a classical guitar.

5. Kokiriko Bushi (bushi/fushi means a tune/melody, or a song) is known as the oldest folk song in Japan. Thought to be performed since around 600 A.D., it is still performed at the village of Gokayama in Toyama Prefecture.

6. Sandrivers is co-written with genius Koichi “Sound-Doctor” Shoji who took chunks of guitar notes and edited, resized and assembled on his rhythm track carefully and delicately with full variety and flavour. Shamisen samples from Kokiriko-Bushi and guitar samples from Aka-Tonbo are so beautifully placed on top.

7. Aka-Tonbo (Autumn Dragonfly) is a poem written by Rofu Miki (1889-1964) in 1921, and composed by Kósçak Yamada (1886-1965) in 1927. This piece is one of the oldest songs written after western classical music was introduced to Japan.

8. My Shamisen Gently Carries On is a rare 'slow song' that isn't a style of Tsugaru-Shamisen. Hibiki’s tremolo towards the end is so powerful and emotional.

9. Nine Storms was composed for a performance at a charity event at Kaetsu Centre, Cambridge, U.K. for the Japan tsunami and earthquake 11 March 2011. It was a stormy night in London, and there were sound of 6 strings from the guitar and 3 strings from Tsugaru-Shamisen...

10. Furusato (Home) is written by Tatsuyuki Takano (1876-1947) and composed by Teichi Okano (1878-1941). Arranged and performed for another charity concert for the people who lost homes and loved ones by the disaster. The hymn like melody and harmony is a perfect match to a Japanese classical guitarist in London. :-)



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