Japanese Folk Songs

Album Cover, ARC Music Productions 2013

Editor’s Note: “This CD includes Japanese folk songs, arranged by Joji Hirota (vocals, shakuhachi, Japanese percussion and drums), with the London Metropolitan Orchestra and two children’s choirs from schools destroyed in the 2011 tsunami. Hauntingly beautiful melodies conjure images of Japanese scenery, river boats, children’s ball games.” This is elegant recording featuring Hirota’s hauntingly rich voice and distinctive musicianship on a number of essential Japanese folk music instruments with deep historical ties. –Jonathan

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