Jun Kaji | The Other Half of the Moon

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The Other Half of the Moon

by Jun Kaji

Tender, melodious music with love for jazz, classical and film music.
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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  Song Share Time Download
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1. Another Night, Another Moon
4:40 album only
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2. A Camel, A Sphinx and a Cat
4:32 album only
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3. A Young Princess At a Moon-Viewing Banquet
5:36 album only
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4. A Picnic in Antarctica With Penguins
6:59 album only
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5. A Cat Dances in the Full Moon
1:49 album only
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6. A Search for Unsure Feelings
4:22 album only
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7. A Witch and a Pumpkin
4:16 album only
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8. A Ferry Ride With Three Sisters
6:03 album only
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9. A Girl Lost On a Moonless Night
7:18 album only
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10. A Cat Also Lost
1:26 album only
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11. A Croissant in the River
5:22 album only
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12. The Earth, Meteors and Carrots
8:55 album only
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13. Lights! Camera! Action!
6:40 album only
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14. Yet Another Night, Another Moon
1:40 album only
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15. Follow Your Heart
5:27 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is my first solo album. It has three main concepts.

First, it is a musical equivalent of a picture book. I always wanted to write music for children. The music has stories, an abundance of colors, and the warmth and tenderness of a bedtime story.

Second, it is a musical suite whose fourteen segments are to be listened as one united work. I wrote each movement as a part of a whole.

Third, its style is a mixture of classical, jazz and film music that I grew up loving.

The title for this album is “the other half of the moon.” I named it while visualizing a half moon. I’m fascinated with a half moon consists of half “light” and half “darkness.”

The suite has 14 tracks. It starts with a waxing half moon. It becomes a full moon on track 4 and 5. Then, the waning phase starts. Track 7 is about a waning half moon, and track 9 and 10 are about a new moon. We will see a crescent moon on track 11. The suite ends with a waxing half moon again. Returning to the same waxing moon completes one-month cycle of the moon. A nameless girl and a cat are center characters of this music. The girl and the cat only see each other under the moonlight.

I decided to write for 17 musicians just like a big band but I freely modified the instrumentation as follows: flute, oboe, clarinet, recorder, saxophone, 2 trumpets, French horn, 2 trombones, tuba, accordion, marimba and xylophone, piano, guitar, bass, and drums. On the second day of our recording, 6 violinists and 3 cellists joined the ensemble.

We recorded a special ensemble at Eastwood Scoring Stage, Warner Brothers on April 6 and 7, 2015. Dennis S. Sands mixed the tracks at his Sound Waves SB.

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