Released: 20 Feb 2009
This contemplative solo set features Shinichi Yuize, known internationally as both a virtuoso koto player and a composer. He traces the history of one of the world's oldest instruments through these five compositions, performing haunting vocals on two of them.
The koto averages about six feet in length and ten inches in width, and has 13 strings of equal thickness made of wound, starched silk. There is one small bridge for each string. The strings are struck with three ivory picks, which are attached to the thumb, forefinger and middle finger of the player’s right hand. The date of the introduction into Japan of the koto (perhaps one of the oldest musical instruments of the world) is not quite certain. It may safely be said that several different types of koto were brought to Japan at different times during the early period of interchange with China that began in the early fifth century CE.