Sanctuary: Music from a Zen Garden

Sanctuary: Music from a Zen Garden

by Riley Lee


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Sanctuary: Music from a Zen Garden

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

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