Warming up for this weekend’s Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival at the Seattle Center, we heard music from Japan, and music from elsewhere featuring Japanese instruments and themes. And as you might expect, it wasn’t all traditional! Also, new releases and more in hour 2.
Apologies; the audio archive of this week’s show suffered technical difficulties, and is not available. (So I hope you listened live.) If you need an STG fix, feel free to browse the archives of dozens of past shows that stream for free via Mixcloud.
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We didn’t have the 900-pound drum in the KAOS studios, but we did get a chance to talk with KODO manager Jun Akimoto about the band’s new album Akatsuki (Dawn) and their current tour, which brings them to our neck of the woods this weekend. Plus other Japanese music in the first hour of the show, followed by new releases and the usual collage of sounds.
Yoshida Brothers – Overland Blues – Best of Yoshida Brothers
Dolomites – Wakannai? / I Don’t Know? – No End EP
Wa Dai Ko Matsuri Za – Festival Music of Dairakuji Town – Japanese Drum
Joji Hirota & Pete Lockett – Kokiriko-Bushi – Taiko To Tabla
Kodo – Burning – Akatsuki interview with Jun Akimoto of KODO
Kodo – Ogi Oiwake (excerpt) – Akatsuki
Kodo – Sora – Akatsuki
Yamato Ensemble – Futatsu No Den-En-Shi I (Pastoral) – The Very Best of Japanese Music
The Cupids – Bazazz Tengoku – Nippon Girls: Japanese Pop, Beat & Bossa Nova 1966-1970
Chanchiki – Yagaefu – Rough Guide to Japan
Shang Shang Typhoon – Yokosuka Burning Night – Shang Shang Typhoon 2
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra – Natty Parade – High Numbers
Chopteeth – Choferito-Plena – Chopteeth Live
Ritmodelia – Mamut – It’s Not Batucada!
Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal – Future – Chamber Music
Sussen Deyhim – Glyphs on the Horizon – City of Leaves
Tiwitine – Tiwitine – Ishumar 2 – New Tuareg Guitars
The Sway Machinery feat. Khaira Arby – Shalom – The House of Friendly Ghosts, Vol. 1
Shantala – Om Namo Bhagavate / Because the One I Love – Sri
Hossam Ramzy & Phil Thornton – Storm over Giza – Egypt Unveiled
Vusi Mahlasela – Naka Mokhura – Say Africa
Custodio Castelo – Homenagem a Paredes – The Art of Portuguese Fado Guitar