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Juniper

solo shakuhachi (2013)

Live recording—7.27.13
Performed by Kiku Day
European Shakuhachi Summer School
Barcelona, Spain


details

Duration: 3:30
Commissioned by: European Shakuhachi Society
Premiere: July 27, 2013
European Shakuhachi Society Summer School, Barcelona, Spain


program note

The juniper tree is considered a symbol of longevity, strength, athleticism, and fertility. The trees are widely dispersed throughout the northern hemisphere, and while they take numerous shapes and sizes, I am most familiar with the types used in bonsai. I think of this piece for shakuhachi as a sonic bonsai tree; a contemplative work, carefully grown and sculpted for a complex and beautiful instrument. Small in appearance, yet innately powerful.


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