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Mamoru Fujieda's 3rd release for Tzadik continues his exploration of the creativity of, by, and about plant life in evocative music using violin, koto and sho.
 

Fujieda, Mamoru
Patterns of Plants II

Fujieda, Mamoru:  Patterns of Plants II (Tzadik)
Label: Tzadik    
Released in: USA    


"In his third CD for Tzadik, Mamoru Fujieda continues his fascinating exploration of the creativity of, by and about plant life with five more pieces from his continuing series Patterns of Plants. Utilizing the violin in combination with two Japanese traditional instruments, the koto and the sho (mouth organ) Fujieda has again created a sensuous and evocative musical universe, unique in sound and conception that both challenges the idea of composer and composition in the 21st century. Modest in approach but orchestral in design, this is another masterful CD from one of the most original and radical composers in Japan today."-Tzaidik

"A leading figure of Japan's postminimalism movement, Mamoru Fujieda was born in 1955 and first studied composition at the Tokyo College of Music, then received his Ph.D. in music from University of California, San Diego in 1988. Fujieda is internationally recognized as one of music's outstanding younger composers. Working with artists such as John Zorn, Yuji Takahashi, and Malcolm Goldstein, he composes music that emerges from his fascination with the essentially collaborative formation of music. Fujieda has developed methods of composition that depart from the minimalist tradition, charting a new terrain that liberates music from subjectivity by immersing it in a network of relationships.

Among his numerous methods, he has pioneered a new structure of composition that he calls "parasitic," since it consists of grafting new material onto a "rhizome" of original melody borrowed from sources such as Bach, Gregorian chant, or medieval secular music. Whether working with the Butoh dancer Setsuko Yamada to produce sound sculptures that emerge from a mutual reaction between the dancer and objects that she touches, or reading the minute electrical currents flowing through an orchid to express nature's undulations, Fujieda's work represents an innovative approach that fuses technology to biology, composer to performer, and music to audience. His The Night Chant and the first six collections of Patterns of Plants appear on the TZADIK label."-Other Minds




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Product Information:

UPC: 702397806127

Label: Tzadik
Catalog ID: 8061
Squidco Product Code: 10744

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded Octboer 18, 2007 by Tsutomu Suto at Jiyugakuen Myonichikan, Tokyo.






Personnel:

Miki Maruta-Koto

Yoko Nishi-Koto

Ko Ishikawa-Sho

Reiko Suzuki-Violin

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Track Listing:

1. Patterns of Plants: The Seventh Collection: patter a (two kotos and sho) 4:01

2. Patterns of Plants: The Seventh Collection: pattern b (two kotos) 2:41

3. Patterns of Plants: The Seventh Collection: pattern c (sho solo) 4:26

4. Patterns of Plants: The Seventh Collection: pattern d (two kotos and sho) 2:41

5. Patterns of Plants: The Fourteenth Collection: pattern a 3:43

6. Patterns of Plants: The Fourteenth Collection: pattern b 3:55

7. Patterns of Plants: The Fourteenth Collection: pattern c 4:11

8. Patterns of Plants: The Fourteenth Collection: pattern d 4:26

9. Patterns of Plants: The Tenth Collection: pattern a 2:47

10. Patterns of Plants: The Tenth Collection: pattern b 2:42

11. Patterns of Plants: The Tenth Collection: pattern c 2:01

12. Patterns of Plants: The Tenth Collection: pattern d 2:45

13. Patterns of Plants: The Fourth Collection: pattern a 2:57

14. Patterns of Plants: The Fourth Collection: pattern b 2:00

15. Patterns of Plants: The Fourth Collection: pattern c 1:51

16. Patterns of Plants: The Fourth Collection: pattern d 2:13

17. Patterns of Plants: The Eighteenth Collection: pattern a (violin, two kotos and sho) 3:18

18. Patterns of Plants: The Eighteenth Collection: pattern b (violin and two kotos) 3:48

19. Patterns of Plants: The Eighteenth Collection: pattern c (violin and two kotos) 3:46

20. Patterns of Plants: The Eighteenth Collection: pattern d (two kotos and sho) 3:44







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