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Takeda, Risa : The Sorcerer's Castle (Cbzm Records)

An epic story in symphonic rock style from pianist, drummer and composer Risa Takeda, telling the fantastic tale of a dramatic confrontation between an Emperor and a Sorcerer, through eleven compositions of a contemporary classical and theatrical nature, using modern synthetic sources in active and complex orchestration as the plot advances.

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Label: Cbzm Records
Catalog ID: CBZM-01
Squidco Product Code: 32022

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Japan
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Japan, between October 2020 to February 2022.


Risa Takeda-piano, drums, composer

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"Pianist, drummer, and composer Risa Takeda takes on the challenge of creating a classical/contemporary music epic all on her own! The world of fantasy is spun out by the excellent composition and description of the scene, freely manipulating a number of sound sources."-CBZM Records

Artist Biographies

"Risa Takeda (武田理沙) Born Iwamizawa, Hokkaido, Japan. She started playing classical piano at age 3. She was active as drummer while at University. She Moved to Tokyo in April 2011 and participated in numerous blues, jazz and improvisation jams. Performed in John Zorn's COBRA in July 2014. While with various bands, began solo performances in 2016. Improvisations, compositions with visuals and piano arrangements of Frank Zappa's material have brought worldwide recognition."

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Track Listing:

1. Prologue 1:29

2. The Emperor's Prophecy And The Knights 6:54

3. Torrential Rain In Wasteland 5:00

4. Appearance Of The Castle 3:42

5. The Sorcerer's Spooky Altar 4:35

6. Resurrection Of Demons 4:49

7. Clash 3:38

8. Enchanted World 2:31

9. Decisive Battle The Castle Collapses 4:58

10. Dawn 3:21

11. Epilogue 4:11

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Rock and Related
Progressive Rock
Compositional Forms
Japanese & Asian Improv/Rock
Solo Artist Recordings
New in Rock Forms

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