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Slow Jams April 12, 2010

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Tonight Michiko-san took us to a sanshin and koto concert in Okinawa City. Most of the songs in the program were classical court music: very dignified, very precise, very slow. Since I’ve been sharing a lot of sanshin music, here’s a koto piece to mix it up. And it’s all women!

And here’s a koto and sanshin duet. The male singer/sanshin player kept his eyes forward the whole time, never looking down to check his fingers. I was quite impressed with both of them.

Upbeat music to come!


Electrofishing March 24, 2010

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I just realized that the compilation Ryukyu Underground also has an electro version of “Soi Soi,” the traditional fishing song I recorded at the court music concert. I still like the original better, but it’s fun to compare and contrast.

“Soi Soi (東前門)”
by 琉球アンダーグラウンド feat. 松田弘一