Jeff Cairns | Silent Letters, Secret Pens

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Silent Letters, Secret Pens

by Jeff Cairns

Shakuhachi/Koto music for another space
Genre: World: Japanese traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Shinonome no Uta (Song-Poem of the Eastern Clouds)
Jeff Cairns-shakuhachi, Izumi Fujikawa-21 string koto
14:45 $0.99
2. Through the Leaves
Jeff Cairns-shakuhachi, Izumi Fujikawa-21 and 17 string koto
5:14 $0.99
3. Midare (traditional)
Jeff Cairns-shakuhachi, Izumi Fujikawa-13 string koto
13:43 $0.99
4. Shin Kyorei (traditional)
Jeff Cairns-shakuhachi
12:40 $0.99
5. Reflection
Izumi Fujikawa-21 string koto
8:57 $0.99
6. Kai
Jeff Cairns-shakuhachi, Izumi Fujikawa-17 string koto
6:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
Jeff and Izumi have created something quite beautiful in the recording of “Silent Letters, Secret Pens.” Having a great fondness for both the shakuhachi and traditional Japanese music, I find that each listen brings a new gift, and an ever-deepening appreciation for their masterful and eloquent performance. Much time and effort went into choosing the most ideal, natural recording environment for these pieces (Mashiki Bunka Hall, Kumamoto, Japan) and veteran engineer, Richard Gilbert, perfectly captured the subtleties and resonant beauty of each instrument.
"Silent Letters, Secret Pens" is a wonderful, dynamic journey... modern compositions, written by world-class, Japanese and American composers, explore new territory, while the next path winds back 700+ years, to the distant echo of bamboo... all the while being guided by the grace and fluidity of Jeff and Izumi.
Derek Van Choice – musician, shakuhachi maker



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Robert Kirkpatrick

Melodic, mediatational.
I have a shakuhachi flute but have never been able to make any fine sounds. This CD shows jst what can be done by a master. Relaxing, evocative of the meeting of East and West.

Rick Lavin

great blend of old and new
This CD has a wonderful range of music: a koto solo, a shakuhachi solo, koto/shakuhachi duets; classics and contemporary pieces. Koto accompaniment includes 17-string bass koto in addition to the conventional 13-string koto. The chief attraction of the CD is of course the sound and technique of shakuhachi master Jeff Cairns, who employs the full range of shakuhachi techniques to bring out the full range of the compositions. For me, the highlight of the CD was the first track, Shinonome no Uta. Starting with an extended and haunting shakuhachi solo, and leading in to a similarly haunting koto solo, it builds naturally into a rousing duet before returning to the original mood. Highly recommended.

Keiko Ueda

Well-balanced pieces and artistic group
I love this CD! Each pieces has each expression, impression, approach.
I really like "shinonome no uta". His composition is like honkyoku, but sometimes he use modern harmony, it's very effective and cool. Well-balanced piece!
"Through the Leaves" is so unique. I think it's challenging piece for shakuhachi and koto. Because of the chord progression and modulation. I enjoyed it.
"Reflection" is beautiful! I like it. I can learn many thing from his composition.
I was impressed by koto's expression. Koto's sound changes the world.... What a amazing instrument!
"Kai" is dramatic. She made story. Good concept! Thank you for good music!