Marco Lienhard & Charles Tang | Sarabande from Suite in D Minor, HWV 437 (Arr. for Shakuhachi and Piano)

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Sarabande from Suite in D Minor, HWV 437 (Arr. for Shakuhachi and Piano)

by Marco Lienhard & Charles Tang

A beautiful rendition of a classic done on the Shakuhachi and the Piano
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1. Sarabande from Suite in D Minor, HWV 437 (Arr. for Shakuhachi and Piano)
Marco Lienhard & Charles Tang
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This is unique version of the classic Sarabande in D minor by G.F. Händel. It is accompnaied on the piano by Charles Tang and Marco Lienhard is playing the Shakuhachi. The song was going to be added to the CD Reverie but because of time constraint it was not included. We are working on a new CD of movie music, but in the meantime I wanted to release this single on its own but in the future it will be part of an album. If uyou enjoy our CD please make sure to check our other CDs of classical music.
You can hear similar tunes on our CD: "Reverie'.
We hope you will enjoy our music.

Marco Lienhard is the director of Taikoza and the East Winds Ensemble, two New York based groups.
He was a lead performer with the famed Japanese Taiko group ONDEKOZA for 18 years from 1981-1998. Marco Lienhard mastered the shakuhachi under Master Katsuya Yokoyama. Lienhard also studied the Fue and the Nohkan (Noh theater flute) with Yukimasa Isso. Lienhard has performed more than 6000 concerts internationally with appearances at some of the world's most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center State Theater, Madison Square Garden, Hammerstein Ballroom, Zellerbach at UC Berkeley and many others. Marco Lienhard has composed numerous pieces for Shakuhachi, Koto, Fue and Taiko. His compositions have been recorded and performed all over the world. Lienhard has performed on many occasions in Honolulu as a guest with the Hawaii Matsuri Taiko and other groups. He regularly performs in Japan and around the world.
Lienhard has released many CDs (Taiko and Shakuhachi) to critical acclaim including Taikoza: Beginnings, which was nominated for best World music CD for the JPF awards. He can be heard on the award winning (best score) Nintendo Wii game: Red Steel 1 and 2

Quotes from the Media:
“ An amazing Shakuhachi player Marco Lienhard has come out with a new CD, truly a very gifted and wonderful sense of musicality. Not since “ National Treasure” Yamaguchi Goro’s rendition of Kinko Honkyoku music have I felt the need to listen to more of his music. His rendition of Honkyoku form the Watazumi style is incredible and everyone studying the style should listen to it. His powerful and heartfelt rendition of Amazing grace reminded me of such gospel singers as Mahalia Jackson. ”
Hogaku Journal, Tokyo

Charles Wei-Ting Tang: Born in TAIWAN. B.M. and M.M. in piano performance, The Juilliard School; B.S. in computer science, Columbia University; M.S. in media technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Charles Tang began his musical training on the piano at the age of five. In 1982, he was officially recognized by the Republic of China Ministry of Education as a “Gifted Child in the Performing Arts.” Mr. Tang came to the U.S. later that year, and continued his musical studies at The Juilliard School under Kathrine Parker, and later Martin Canin. He has since won several competitions and awards. Mr. Tang also studied koto with Masayo Ishigure. He has lectured and performed at The Juilliard Theater, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Japan Society, Shea Stadium, Tribeca Theatre, Columbia University, Yale University, The Juilliard School, and many other concert halls and universities in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, and Jamaica. Mr. Tang’s compositions have also been featured and performed by the Drum Spirit of China, Chinese Folk Dance Company, and in State of the World Forum, hosted by the United Nations. Mr. Tang has appeared on NBC, FoxNews, World Journal, Yomiuri Shinbun, and New York Newsday. He has been the artistic director and performing member of the Drum Spirit of China since 1997.
East Winds Ensemble presents a unique concert by two amazing masters of Japanese music Masayo Ishigure and Marco Lienhard. An afternoon of Koto and Shakuhachi music that will dazzle your senses. A concert of timeless Japanese music that you will not want to miss. This concert will celebrate the release of a new CD of music by Japanese composer Rando Fukuda. The concert will include traditional as well as modern compositions.

East Winds Ensemble and Masters Masayo Ishigure and Marco Lienhard will present a soulful and exciting concert of Shakuhachi, Koto and Shamisen music. The concert will take you on a journey into the soul of old and modern Japan presented by two international masters of traditional Japanese music. East Winds Ensemble has travelled internationally in Japan, Mexico, Europe and South America. Last November, they toured Brazil with the Japan Foundation. Masayo Ishigure and Marco Lienhard have appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, etc. and on numerous national and international TV programs (Regis and Kathie Lee, PBS specials, Nagano Olympics CBS programs, etc.). Charles Tang will also appear as part of the Ensemble. Their best selling albums are available on, iTunes and

The East Winds Ensemble was formed in 1999 in New York City. The purpose of the group is to present concerts of traditional and modern music performed on Japanese traditional instruments, the shakuhachi and the koto. The members of the group are Masayo Ishigure, Yuki Yasuda, Charles Tang and Marco Lienhard. Performances have taken the group to Japan, Mexico, Europe and around the US. The members have performed in some of the world’s most renowned halls such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Osaka Festival Hall.
Past concerts include, Symphony Space in New York, Salamanca Hall in Gifu Japan, concert in Tokyo, Museum of Art of Gifu, Concert for World Music Institute in New York, U of Maryland, Gettysburg College, Wesleyan College, University of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, University of Missouri, and St. Louis. EWE recently toured Brazil for the Japan Foundation. They perform in NYC regularly. Recording for Nintendo for a new game: “Red Steel” 1 and 2. Members also have recorded for the movie: Memoirs of a Geisha and other movies. They released some best selling CD of the Music of Miyazaki Hayao arranged for koto and shakuhachi. Marco Lienhard has also released a few solos CD and the group is releasing a new CD in October 2012. Lienhard was an invited guest performer at many International Shakuhachi Festival s around the world. Lienhard gives master classes and concerts internationally – he was recently in Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Switzerland, France and Russia.

The shakuhachi is an end blown bamboo flute with four holes in the front and one hole in the back. It was used as a form of Buddhist meditation. In the Meianji temple in Kyoto, monks used to play these pieces as part of their training. The monk’s philosophy can be defined by the following words “Ichion Joubutsu,” which means, “ a single note to reach enlightenment or Buddhahood”. It was used later in court music ensemble as accompaniment to the koto and the shamisen (a three stringed banjo-like instrument). Over the years, its presence in popular music has increased and it can now be heard in a wide range of genres. It is believed that it came to Japan from China and perhaps India along with Buddhism- it was then a six hole instrument.



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