Music for Zen Meditation

Music for Zen Meditation

by Riley Lee
     
 

The shakuhachi is an ancient Japanese flute built from a single stalk of mandake bamboo. Introduced into Japan from China in the eighth century, the instrument has been used as a spiritual and meditation instrument since at least the 15th century. Music for Zen Meditation features solo shakuhachi performances from Riley Lee, the first non-Japanese dai shihanSee more details below

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The shakuhachi is an ancient Japanese flute built from a single stalk of mandake bamboo. Introduced into Japan from China in the eighth century, the instrument has been used as a spiritual and meditation instrument since at least the 15th century. Music for Zen Meditation features solo shakuhachi performances from Riley Lee, the first non-Japanese dai shihan, or grand master of the instrument. It is a spare, contemplative recording that is well suited for any kind of relaxation. Unlike many albums intended to enhance yoga or meditation, this release doesn't muddy up its performances with melodramatic nature sounds or new age synthesizer clichés. Rather, it contains two discs of unadorned shakuhachi performances. As a wind instrument, the shakuhachi flute is deceptively simple. It has no keys, pads, levers, or reeds like most Western flutes, and includes only five finger holes. But masters of the instrument draw expressive, evocative variations of sound that are at once relaxing and captivating. Lee turns in performances like this throughout Music for Zen Meditation. Accompanied only by his own breathing, Lee draws forth wistful melodies that seem drenched in morning dew.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2003
Label:
Narada
UPC:
0724358160628
catalogNumber:
81606
Rank:
64358

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Sea Breeze  - Riley Lee
  2. Under the Stars  - Riley Lee
  3. Spiritus Lenis/Gentle Breath  - Riley Lee
  4. Divine Ecstasy  - Riley Lee
  5. Dulcet Rhythm  - Riley Lee
  6. Serenity Flows  - Riley Lee
  7. Tranquil Resonations  - Riley Lee
  8. Stillpoint  - Riley Lee
  9. Profound Elixir  - Riley Lee
  10. Elemental Contemplation  - Riley Lee
  11. Inner Quiet  - Riley Lee

Disc 2

  1. Whispers of Eternity  - Riley Lee
  2. In Time Suspended  - Riley Lee
  3. Echo of the Sacred  - Riley Lee
  4. Dance -- The Angels of Light  - Riley Lee
  5. Between the Stillness  - Riley Lee
  6. Soaring With the Eagles  - Riley Lee
  7. Fragment of Memory  - Riley Lee
  8. Journey Across the Night  - Riley Lee
  9. The Tree of Sadness  - Riley Lee
  10. Cascade  - Riley Lee
  11. Breathe the Fragrance of Forever  - Riley Lee
  12. Deep Night Blues  - Riley Lee
  13. Silk Thread to the Cosmos  - Riley Lee
  14. Divine Mystery  - Riley Lee
  15. Merging With the Infinite  - Riley Lee

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