Yas-Kaz
Jomon-sho

28,45

in stock

about the record

Peaceful, percussive and idyllic. Three words that perfectly describe Jomon-sho. A seminal composition that is truly instrumental in the proliferation of the Japanese ambient and environmental movement and the whole New Age scene that developed in Japan throughout the 80s.

The album features a wide range of entirely acoustic instruments and field recordings and was made for stage performance by Sankai Juku Butoh Group at Theatre de la Ville, Paris. But the story of this album can’t be understood without knowing who Yas-Kaz is, an artist who rose to musical prominence composing for the dance troupe led by one of the founders of Butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata.

His composition is not focused on any specific genre or style of music either. Especially in his work for dance theatre, he often delivers bare abstract sound or resonance which might not be recognized as “musical” from the Western perspective.

As part of his constant search for new sounds and ideas, he moved to Bali, Indonesia, in the 70s introducing the gamelan Balinese sounds and culture to Ryuichi Sakamoto (collaborated in the album “Esperanto”) and Midori Takada, Shoji Yamashiro (leader of Geino Yamashiro-gumi who later created the soundtrack for “Akira”), among others.

In so doing, Yas-Kaz influenced some of Japan’s most prolific and innovative artists in the experimental and ambient scene. However, his music has still not been heard by the vast majority of the public, being unseen for quite some time until now.

  1. A1 - Prelude ~ The Gate Of Breathing 3:25
  2. A2 - Jungle Book 2:20
  3. A3 - Bow-Shaped Moon 4:28
  4. A4 - The Magical Stones & The Double Mirrors + The Wave Of Breathing 1:24
  5. A5 - Windscape 2:08
  6. A6 - Bone Knife 7:48
  7. B1 - Relation Between Bisons, Bananas & Rods - The Previous Night 3:56
  8. B2 - Warriors 3:56
  9. B3 - The Earring Of The Dancers 4:24
  10. B4 - Respite Of The Bows & Arrows 10:37
  11. B5 - Finale = Calendar 3:01

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Yas-Kaz
Jomon-sho

28,45

in stock

  1. A1 - Prelude ~ The Gate Of Breathing 3:25
  2. A2 - Jungle Book 2:20
  3. A3 - Bow-Shaped Moon 4:28
  4. A4 - The Magical Stones & The Double Mirrors + The Wave Of Breathing 1:24
  5. A5 - Windscape 2:08
  6. A6 - Bone Knife 7:48
  7. B1 - Relation Between Bisons, Bananas & Rods - The Previous Night 3:56
  8. B2 - Warriors 3:56
  9. B3 - The Earring Of The Dancers 4:24
  10. B4 - Respite Of The Bows & Arrows 10:37
  11. B5 - Finale = Calendar 3:01

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

about the record

Peaceful, percussive and idyllic. Three words that perfectly describe Jomon-sho. A seminal composition that is truly instrumental in the proliferation of the Japanese ambient and environmental movement and the whole New Age scene that developed in Japan throughout the 80s.

The album features a wide range of entirely acoustic instruments and field recordings and was made for stage performance by Sankai Juku Butoh Group at Theatre de la Ville, Paris. But the story of this album can’t be understood without knowing who Yas-Kaz is, an artist who rose to musical prominence composing for the dance troupe led by one of the founders of Butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata.

His composition is not focused on any specific genre or style of music either. Especially in his work for dance theatre, he often delivers bare abstract sound or resonance which might not be recognized as “musical” from the Western perspective.

As part of his constant search for new sounds and ideas, he moved to Bali, Indonesia, in the 70s introducing the gamelan Balinese sounds and culture to Ryuichi Sakamoto (collaborated in the album “Esperanto”) and Midori Takada, Shoji Yamashiro (leader of Geino Yamashiro-gumi who later created the soundtrack for “Akira”), among others.

In so doing, Yas-Kaz influenced some of Japan’s most prolific and innovative artists in the experimental and ambient scene. However, his music has still not been heard by the vast majority of the public, being unseen for quite some time until now.

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