a new release featuring original compositions

Track List
1. (Cycles) America (3'54")
Joseph Gramley: vibraphone and percussion
Kojiro Umezaki: electronics
2. 108: for shakuhachi, janggo, santur, and manjira (12'06")
Kojiro Umezaki: shakuhachi and manjira
Dong-Won Kim: janggo
Faraz Minooei: santur
3. Lullaby from Itsuki (五木の子守唄) (3'08")
Kojiro Umezaki: shakuhachi
4. "…seasons continue, as if none of this ever happened…" (9'26")
Kojiro Umezaki: shakuhachi and electronics
5. For Zero (5'43")
Joseph Gramley: vibraphone and percussion
Kojiro Umezaki: electronics
6. (Cycles) what falls must rise (alternate version) (12'59")
Kojiro Umezaki: shakuhachi and electronics
Brooklyn Rider: Johnny Gandelsman & Colin Jacobsen - violins, Nicholas Cords - viola, Eric Jacobsen - cello
All tracks composed by Kojiro Umezaki with the exception of "Lullaby from Itsuki (五木の子守唄)" (Japanese traditional) and "108: for shakuhachi, janggo, santur, and manjira" (Kojiro Umezaki, composer; Dong-Won Kim, Faraz Minooei, and Kojiro Umezaki, co-arrangers).

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Kojiro Umezaki: (Cycles)

"[Kojiro Umezaki] is a brilliant artist who improvises, composes and works with electronic media.  He's both an unbelievable musician, ...

Composer and shakuhachi virtuoso Kojiro Umezaki's latest release expands his continuing exploration of transformative music that thoughtfully blends classical composition, traditional Japanese musical influences, electronics and improvisation. (Cycles) features both original and traditional works beautifully weaving together shakuhachi (Japanese vertical bamboo flute), percussion, electronics, and other world music instruments within a diverse array of compositions.

For fans of: Silk Road Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma, Brooklyn Rider, world-electronic music.

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Press Highlights

"A virtuosic, deeply expressive shakuhachi player and composer" - The New York Times

"...simply mesmerizing." - World Music Central

"A showy and spectacular master of the shakuhachi" - Los Angeles Times

"Umezaki brings the shakuhachi into today's music." - All Music Guide

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Release Details

Artist: Kojiro Umezaki

Title: (Cycles)

Musicians: Kojiro Umezaki, Joseph Gramley, Dong-Won Kim, Faraz Minooei, Brooklyn Rider

Street Date: 4/15/2014

Genre: World Music, Classical, Electronic

Runtime: 47 minutes

Label: In A Circle Records

Format: Compact Disc: SRP $14.95: SKU ICR007: UPC: 888295024235

Format: Digital Download: SRP $10.00