Friday, November 21, 2008

My interest in learning shakuhachi wasn't just to assimilate the tradition, but to use it toward my own interests. I've always been interested and involved in performance and the addition of the shakuhachi to this part of my life was no different. In 1996, I released my first commercial CD recording on my private label Healing Fugu Records with my then bandmates Darby Stands, Kyousuke Yamaoka, Sho Tajiri and Keisuke Hirayama together known as Stands & Cairns. This was a completely original effort that included 9 instrumental pieces that blended western folk/rock aesthetic with what I gleened from my 10 years of shakuhachi study at the time. In retrospect, I think it was a good effort and one that people still comment about favourably. What do you think? You can check it out here.

1 comment:

  1. It sounds wonderful. I like Japanese tradition and because of I'm stunnorn, I don't like to break the tradition. But after I knew the Yoshida Brothers, I have thought I don't need to refuse without knowing. I like Yoshida Brotheres' music, too. They play the samisen without traditional way―they played it with Western music. It was surprised for me, but I thought it was nice. I want to listen the music.