Sanctuary: Music from a Zen Garden

Sanctuary: Music from a Zen Garden

by Riley Lee
     
 

Nothing says nothing like the Japanese shakuhachi flute. Indeed, the monks who played this simple bamboo instrument as their meditative practice were called komusô, priests of nothingness. Having no reeds and only five finger holes, the shakuhachi is difficult to tame, yet in the hands of a master it can produce an unbelievably wide range of sounds, from…  See more details below

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Nothing says nothing like the Japanese shakuhachi flute. Indeed, the monks who played this simple bamboo instrument as their meditative practice were called komusô, priests of nothingness. Having no reeds and only five finger holes, the shakuhachi is difficult to tame, yet in the hands of a master it can produce an unbelievably wide range of sounds, from a ghostly wind to the human voice. Riley Lee, who was the first non-Japanese dai shihan of the shakuhachi, produces an especially sweet and lingering tone. Here, Lee pairs with Bert Moon on the 13-string koto for six delicious improvisations. The duets are Japanese flavored, but with Lee's lyrical tones and the soft swirls of tones from the strings, the impressionistic music of Ravel or Debussy also comes strongly to mind. The album was originally released in 1991 on cassette only as Evening Mist. The digital restoration is lovely sounding, and the six extended pieces allow enough time to fully relax and sink into the beauty of nothingness.

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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Previously released in 1991 on cassette-only under Evening Mist, Sanctuary: Music from a Zen Garden from multi-talented flutist Riley Lee is a stunning look at the musician's dazzling skill of playing the shakuhachi. This flute, traditionally played by Japanese monks, bellows low and captures a deep mood throughout the release. It's enchanting, yet mysterious as Lee frolics with the ambience of sound itself. Pitches are light and flowing, soaring and brooding; an infinite calming presence. The overall sonic quality on Sanctuary is enjoyable, certainly a splendid and solid look at Lee's impeccable and ever-changing mastery.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/18/2000
Label:
Narada
UPC:
0724384960322
catalogNumber:
49603

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