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Voice of the Earth

by Taikoza

A new CD of powerful and unique sound of that uses a six-foot Taiko drum and the haunting and soulful melodies of the Shakuhachi and the Shinobue. The calming and energizing music is truly a journey into one's soul.
Genre: World: Japanese traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tabi No Omoi
5:51 $0.99
2. Umi No Koe (feat. Marco Lienhard)
2:45 $0.99
3. Daichi No Saiten (feat. Marco Lienhard)
3:00 $0.99
4. Daha (feat. Marco Lienhard)
4:01 $0.99
5. Kagura Kaitoryu (feat. Marco Lienhard)
3:40 $0.99
6. Kokura (feat. Marco Lienhard)
5:17 $0.99
7. Daichi No Koe (feat. Marco Lienhard)
9:43 $0.99
8. Gezan Bayashi (feat. Marco Lienhard)
3:31 $0.99
9. Minaguchi Bayashi (feat. Marco Lienhard)
3:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
Taikoza has been nominated for three nominations for Taikoza at the Just Plain Folks Awards 2017!
Taikoza has created innovative, fresh musical sounds using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings: Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. Taikoza draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. Marco Lienhard is the musical director and founder of Taikoza and composed and arranged the songs. Taikoza.com and MarcoLienhard.com

1.Tabi no Omoi (Memories of Journeys) 旅の思い by Marco Lienhard
The taiko drums and flutes taken on our tours around the world are vibrating in sympathy with the distinctive local rhythms at each destination.

2. Umi No Koe (Voice Of The Sea) 海の声 by Marco Lienhard 
This song is inspired by the quiet Inland Sea of Japan between the main islands of Honshu and Shikoku.

3. Daichi No Saiten (Celebration of the Earth) 大地の声 by Marco Lienhard
This original composition celebrates the Earth.
4.Daha (Breaking Waves) 打波traditional
A meditation Shakuhachi Honkyoku song from the Dokyoku style. The title literally means breaking waves but can also be interpreted as breaking one’s shell to go deep into one’s soul.

5. Kagura-Kaitoryu 神楽—海東流 arranged by Marco Lienhard
Traditional piece from Tobishima Village in the Nagoya area that uses two drums: a Shime-Daiko and a Nagado-Daiko that incorporates a lot of stick twirling with the left hand. This piece is one of the main themes from the Kaitoryu style taught to M. Lienhard by the late.
The introduction, which is played on a Matsuribue, is inspired from the Fue themes and it is played on a Matsuribue that was made by the late Tsukiboshi Sensei.

6. Kokura 小倉 by Marco Lienhard
The song is inspired by the Kokura Gion Matsuri Festival of Kokura City in Northern Kyushu.
During the festival, the taiko attached to a small cart is vigorously played by a drummer who walks beside the cart carrying the taiko. Drummers take turns soloing on the taiko as they are cheered (Kakegoe) and accompanied by musicians playing the Chappa (cymbals).

7. Daichi no Koe (Voice of The Earth) 大地の声—大太皷 by Marco Lienhard 
The 6-foot Taiko drum personifies the powerful voice of the Earth: the crashing of the ocean waves, the rumbling of thunder during a storm, etc. The 2.7 Shakuhachi introduces the song with a melody based from the Hokkaido fisherman song: Esashi Oiwake. The Fue is heard through the night as the storm quiets down with the song Sado Okesa.

8.Gezan Bayashi (Mountain descending festival)下山囃子 by Marco Lienhard
This song is inspired from the traditional Japanese coming of age celebration festivals. Upon conclusion of the ceremony at the temple on top of the mountain, the youths return to the village as adults.

9.Minaguchi Bayashi 水口囃子 arranged by Marco Lienhard
This arrangement is derived from the Minaguchi (or Minakuchi) spring festival in Shiga prefecture whereupon musicians perform enthusiastically on drums and flutes upon floats drawn by villagers through the streets.

Taiko -太皷
Roughly translated means big drum it is traditionally carved out of the Keiyaki tree and made in one piece. The drums heads are made out of a two -year old cow. The taiko is one of the oldest Japanese instruments. Fifth-century clay dolls found holding drums and seventh-century poems and paintings are evidence that Taiko has been an integral part of Japanese culture for the past sixteen centuries. In the Shinto religion, it was used to call upon and entertain the gods, and in Japanese Buddhism, its sound was the manifestation of the voice of Buddha.

Shakuhachi -尺八
It originally came as a smaller six-hole flute instrument from China with Buddhism. This end blown bamboo flute has four holes in the front and one in the back. It was used at one point as a tool of Buddhist meditation. The monk’s philosophy was defined by the words “Ichion Joubutsu一音成仏,” which means, “a single note to reach enlightenment or Buddhahood.”It was used also in court music ensemble as accompaniment to the koto and the shamisen.

Fue -笛
A bamboo flute similar in form to the piccolo. Three versions are used here: the matsuribue or festival flute, the utabue used to play folk songs and the Nohkan, the flute used in Noh theatre.

What the media said:
Reviews for Marco Lienhard and his group Taikoza

“The shakuhachi, played with malleable, expressive attacks, produces a breathy sound, deep in terms of profundity if not pitch. “One can hear already in a single tone the sound of the whole cosmos,” Mr. Hosokawa writes, adding that the instrument evokes “the sadness and beauty of the past.” Marco Lienhard, a Swiss-born master of the shakuhachi, did ample justice to these suggestions.”

“ In its choreography and its vigor taiko becomes almost a martial art, one in which violence has been sublimated into disciplined exultation a blend of high-decibel virtuosity and sinful shakuhachi solos. Precision and energy are paramount here and the product, for me, was medicinal. It is a combination narcotic, stimulant and vitamin pill.”
Bernard Holland, NY Times

The concert was full of stirring Music from Japan. From the most delicate and mournful bamboo flute song to the loudest and most pulsating beat, the dedicated passion of the musicians was inspiring"
The Richmond News Leader

Taikoza has moved the drums in the foreground and into an exciting visual Explosion,
The Dothan Eagle

“ Few adjectives can explain the sound, emotion and overall experience of the pounding drums of a live performance. My senses were rattles.” Nichi Bei Times

“Something strange and wonderful is coming your way. There was thunder and there was lighting and there was the sea crashing against a cliff, and volcanoes. For a few utterly transporting minutes, there was expressed in the metaphors of merciless rhythms and fluttering melodies, anything a listener had experienced, would experience and could imagine experiencing.”

"Taikoza is the definition of great art and the audience was not mistaken when they broke into thunderous applause."
FAN of Neuchatel

The performance physical at times, meditative at times was very powerful and emotional. The visual beauty as well as the raw energy of the drummers pounding on the taiko took the audience. It created an emotional tension that was only released at the end with the audience’s heartfelt and thunderous applause. The members of Taikoza beyond their professionalism were able to make Taiko music more approachable to the audience
Corriere del Ticino

“ An amazing shakuhachi player Marco Lienhard has come out with a new CD, truly a very gifted and wonderful sense of musicality. Not since 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 School 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.
From article by Mr. Kishi appeared in Hogaku Journal, Tokyo Japan

“The members gave their bodies over to musical performance at times a very physical and musical performance. - The highly appreciative audience was treated to physical dexterity, lovely and magical flute music ”
Boston Herald

“ The drummers were clearly enduring some metaphysical test, but less grueling in the program, Marco Lienhard’s deeply fanciful solos on the shakuhachi looked fully invested and with more than just energy. It is the layering of drums patterns and sonorities in intricate compositions that represent the key to the experience.”
Los Angeles Times

“The musicians’ strong performance really livened up the audience
Taikoza’s energetic performance is a delicate mixture of tranquility and excitement and while using traditional Japanese performing arts they are successful at breaking national boundaries.”
The Arts Cure, 2003

Taikoza uses the powerful rhythms of the Taiko drums to create an electrifying energy that carries audiences in a new dimension of excitement. The Taiko is a large, barrel-like drum that can fill the air with the sounds of rolling thunder. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. Drawing from Japan's rich tradition of music and performance, Taikoza has created a new sound using a variety of traditional instruments. In addition to drums of assorted sizes, Taikoza incorporates the shakuhachi, the fue (both bamboo flutes) and the Koto (a 13 string instrument). Taikoza’s new CD has been nominated as best Asian Ethnic Album for the Just Plain Folks Music Award. Taikoza has appeared on different TV programs such as Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, the History Channel in “History vs. Hollywood” and ESPN S.U.M.O: The battle of the Giants. Taikoza is featured in the Movie: The Commute.
Taikoza has recorded the music for the Nintendo wii game: Red Steel 1 and 2.
Taikoza and East Winds have been the recipients of many grants for their exciting and energetic programs.

Taikoza presents a very popular program for schools in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Philadelphia and Virginia area for Young Audiences and Symphony Space. Taikoza did a tour of Birmingham, AL area schools funded with a NEA grant that the Birmingham International Festival received.

Taikoza was formed in New York City by members of Ondekoza (the group that started the renaissance of taiko in Japan in the 60s and introduced Taiko to the world).
The members of Taikoza have performed in some of the most prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Suntory Hall, Osaka Festival Hall, Lincoln Center and many others. They have performed in Russia, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Switzerland, Germany, France, Mexico, Republic of Georgia, etc.
Performances include corporate events for Merrill Lynch, Gillette, Ameritech, City of Los Angeles, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Dell Computers, PepsiCo, Bloomberg, Pfizer, Merck, Diesel, Sony, etc



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