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Satomi Saeki & Alcvin Takegawa Ramos | Japanese Traditional Koto and Shakuhachi

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Japanese Traditional Koto and Shakuhachi

by Satomi Saeki & Alcvin Takegawa Ramos

Enjoy the soothing sounds of Japanese traditional koto and shakuhachi music as performed by Satomi Saeki & Alcvin Takegawa Ramos.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Chidori no Kyoku (Song of the Plover)
11:29 album only
2. Seki Setsu (Meditation on Rocks and Snow)
7:36 album only
3. Aki no Koto no Ha
4:45 album only
4. Rokudan (Etude in Six Movements)
6:49 album only
5. Sagano
3:32 album only
6. Shoganken Reibo (Yearning for the Bell of the Pine Boulder Templ
11:51 album only
7. Midare
9:51 album only
8. Fuyu Momiji (Winter Maple)
5:45 album only


Album Notes
Satomi Saeki

Born in Miyazaki, Japan, Satomi Saeki was introduced to Japanese traditional music by her father, a shakuhachi-player and -maker. She studied koto (horizontal harp), sangen/shamisen (3-stringed Japanese lute) and juushichigen (17-stringed horizontal harp) with Shizu Watanabe, Namie Sano and Takeshi Nakai.

Saeki graduated from the Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku (National Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music) and the 37th Japanese Traditional Music School of NHK (Japan Broadcasting Cooperation).

Since moving to Victoria, British Columbia in 1994, Saeki has been teaching and performing koto music at various educational institutes and cultural events in North America.

Alcvin Takegawa Ramos

Alcvin Takegawa Ramos was born in Kanagawa-ken, Japan, in 1969. His interest in eastern religions, martial arts and meditation inspired him to study the shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and its various musical styles including honkyoku (sacred Zen music), sankyoku (secular ensemble music) and gendai kyoku (contemporary pieces).

Eventually Ramos received a shihan (master) license from Katsuya Yokoyama, a renowned master-teacher of the instrument and founder of the International Shakuhachi Training Centre in Bisei- cho, Japan.

The director of the Bamboo-In, a shakuhachi retreat centre on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada, Ramos is also the founder of the Vancouver Shakuhachi Festival held at the University of British Columbia every four years in November.

Ramos has also studied and practiced Zen meditation for many years and defines honkyoku as the aural expression of Zen. The actual playing of the shakuhachi is said to bring the musician to a Zen state of self-knowledge.

Ramos plays with various musical ensembles from Canada and Japan, and maintains an active schedule of solo shakuhachi performances in Japan, Europe and North America.



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I would love to take a bath listening to this luscious music
What a glorious sound. So peaceful..
Restful. Aesthetic.

Koto lover

I love this sound. The interaction between Koto and Flute is wonderful
I think this is excellent music. A recommendation to anyone who loves world music.


Mariesa-Lize Etienne

This is very authenic, I recommend if that means anything to anyone.
I really like the compositions on this record. It is excellent and well produced.
This ablum is not tainted in anyway or trying to be fashionable.
It takes you back in time to the old world traditions, which I love.
I am impressed. I will put this on my list of favs.


Japanese Traditional Koto and Shakuhachi
This is a wonderful collection of pieces for koto and shakuhachi. The musicians demonstrate their talent and skill amazingly on this album.

Ian Kerry

Mysterious world music!
The world of mystery, this is it.
I have discovered world music.
A world rediscovered after being hidden for sometime from the masses.
This unusual world takes me all over the world and into the hearts of many cultures. Wonderous.


Fascinating music
It sounds like something that I may want to purchase.

Elegant, soothing and passionate

I am in love with the mode and penatonic scale that is used in Japanese music
This music is very high quality. It transcends all music that is not from the heart.

Leif S.

Japanese Traditional Koto
The perfect music to enjoy while relaxing in my brand new japanese garden. I very much enjoy the traditional tone of the music.