Clarinetist, percussionist and vocalist Akira Sakata performs a disturbing rendering of "The Tale of the Heike", an epic account of the 12th century struggle between the Taira and Minamoto clans for control of Japan.
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Catalog ID: dms-142
Squidco Product Code: 15424
Recorded by Yoshiaki Kondo on August 4th 26th, 2011 at GOK Sound, Kichijoji.
Akira Sakata-reading, voices, alto saxophone, clarinet, bass-clarinet, percussion, bells
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1. Gion Shoja 9:00
2. The Death of Kiyomori 6:55
3. The Matter of the Six Paths 5:21
4. The Assault from the Cliff 10:56
5. The Death of Atsumori 12:02
6. The Death of Kiso 3:19
7. The Battle at Dan-no-ura (The Drowning of the Former Emperor) 9:19
Unusual Vocal Forms
Percussion & Drums
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"An epic concept album narrated and performed by Akira Sakata, Heike Monogatari ("Tale of the Heike") is the most disturbing entry so far in the DoubtMusic catalogue. This work is an expression of the philosophy of impermanence. It's also a vision of Hell. Woodwinds signify madness. Bells accentuate silence. And Sakata's voice unleashes a phantasmagoric torrent of shomyo (Japanese Tantric Buddhist chanting), death metal growls, and pure pandemonium. Is he serious? Or not? One thing is certain: This heavy, doom-laden, historical-picture-scroll of an album isn't likely to get any play at a fashionable jazz bar or café! DO NOT let children listen to this CD - it may cause serious trauma. Featuring liner notes by Jojo Hiroshige (Hijokaidan).
"This is the kind of album Osaka natives might describe as do-aho ("totally insane"). Super do-aho. Do-aho to the max. Play it loud and children will shriek, monkeys will dance, mice will run, horses will whinny, cows will drool, lions will roar, dragons will rage, and the sky will split and the earth will crack and the seas will burn, and every listener's soul will be shaken, and musicians all over the world will experience agonizing jealousy. It's an incredible masterpiece that will make you cry a river of tears. The hidden Great Demon of classical Japanese art has been unleashed. Oh, how I waited so long for a work like this. Anarchy!!!"-Hirofumi TanakaAlso available on vinyl LP.