Tuesday, November 9, 2010

[New Age/Ethnic] Kiyoshi Yoshida - Asian Drums I&II (2CD) [WV/FLAC] (Reupload)

Kiyoshi Yoshida - Asian Drums
| WavPack (272 MB) | New Age,World Fusion,Ethnic | 1999 |
This, Kiyoshi Yoshida's first album, features Japanese "Taiko" drums. The drum is said to be one of the world's oldest known musical instruments, and the Japanese "Taiko" is no exception, having played an important role throughout Japanese tradition as an indispensable item in divine ceremonies and battles. Thus, the act of beating the drum involves strong spirituality, with the drummer using every muscle in his well-trained body to strike the drum with all his heart. The Japanese "Taiko", considering its structure and style of performance, can be said to be the most analog musical instrument available.

What does Kiyoshi Yoshida, whose production of music has constantly involved digital tools such as computers and synthesizers, wish to express by featuring such an analog instrument as the Japanese "Taiko"? Perhaps it is that special "something" permeant in Japanese Culture-"Wabi" (tasteful simplicity), "Sabi" (austerity), "Uneri" (undulation); the resonance of the soul which can be said to be the spirit of Japan. It might also be that he wanted to express his affection for Japan from a global viewpoint.

Wakon (Japanese Soul), the Japanese "Taiko" group featured in this album, performs nationwide as well as abroad, holding workshops at each place they visit to come into contact with the hearts of the local people. We hope that this album, realized through their coming into contact with Kiyoshi Yoshida's creative image, resonates in your soul. Enjoy the energetic groove that flows throughout the album, and the grand scale of sound. (Pacificmoon.com).

Tracklist:
[4:06] 01. Rising Sun
[3:40] 02. Legend of the Ocean (Sample)
[0:55] 03. Forest - Kiyoshi Yoshida, Miyauchi, Yukihiro
[4:42] 04. Mikado
[4:25] 05. Spirit
[1:09] 06. Forest II - Kiyoshi Yoshida, Miyauchi, Yukihiro
[4:19] 07. Cherry Blossom
[3:53] 08. Another Day
[1:24] 09. Wave
[3:56] 10. Yamato
[1:26] 11. Forest III - Kiyoshi Yoshida, Miyauchi, Yukihiro
[4:21] 12. Matsuri
[1:11] 13. Oiuchidaiko - Kiyoshi Yoshida, Miyauchi, Yukihiro
[3:41] 14. Fireworks
[1:05] 15. Ending

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Kiyoshi Yoshida - Asian Drums II
| FLAC+CUE (327 MB) | New Age,World Fusion,Ethnic | 2001 |
Kiyoshi Yoshida's follow-up to his extremely popular Asian Drums album. Once again, he creates a mesmerizing set of compositions using traditional Japanese "wadaiko" drums, skillfully blended with the synthesizer. Let this hypnotic energy resonate within you! To enhance your enjoyment of the music, removable incense sticks are included in the spine of the CD jewel case. (Amazon.com)

In 1999, the synthesizer operator and music producer Kiyoshi Yoshida released a PACIFIC MOON LABEL album featuring the wadaiko called "Asian Drums". It ranked sixteenth on the music chart for the American FM New Age Music genre. The newly released "Asian Drums 2" is the second of the series that was released in the wake of its success. When we say "wadaiko", we the Japanese, usually imagine a lively and energetic scene, high in spirits and with gallantry but, it feels to me like Yoshida has given the drums an entirely different direction in the case of these two albums. He does not make use of the Japanese sense of time-space or "ma", stretching time or making it short, but instead keeps the basic beat as the basis of the music. It's a good way to blend the sounds of the synthesizer and the wadaiko. The wadaiko which is normally put in the forefront is kept in the back and backs up the entire piece. By keeping the wadaiko which can create a world by just a single sound under lids patiently for just a little while, the ever transforming synthesizer which has no characteristic of its own comes to the surface. The role of the wadaiko here is to set a stable moto-tone feel, rather than to rigorously create a beat. The sounds that are the most often heard are shamisen like sounds playing in unison. This is the cheerful and bright part of the piece, these speedy phrases have the role of pulling the music forward more and more. The wadaiko performers in the album belong to the "Bonten" and is led by Masataka Kobayashi. (Pacificmoon.com).

Tracklist:
[4:44] 01. A Circle of Guilt
[4:46] 02. The Lucky Spirit
[5:29] 03. Flowers
[0:32] 04. Interlude -Koto
[4:22] 05. Duel
[5:31] 06. Summer Grass
[1:17] 07. Interlude - Dizi
[4:19] 08. Mad Spider's Web
[4:37] 09. Obsidian
[0:27] 10. Interlude -Tsugaru Shamisen-
[4:52] 11. The Secret of Bamboo
[1:07] 12. Interlude -Shakuhachi
[4:33] 13. WAZAWAI
[2:32] 14. Midare Uchi -BONTEN
[4:20] 15. A Moment in Destiny (Sample)

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