Tsuru no sugomori (= the nesting crane) is the name of around 10 or more different traditional compositions from Japan, originally for shakuhachi. This composition is specified as Renpoken because it comes from the Renpo (or Renbo) temple (northwest Japan, Fukushima region). The routes of this piece go back to the 17th century and it is considered to be a combination of existing pieces. It is a program music piece which describes the nesting of cranes and each part attempts to render a different part of a crane's life. The crane in Japanese culture is a symbol of longevity (it is believed to live for a thousand years) and brings good fortune. Because of their wings' size and their engagement to accompanying their little ones to self-dependency, cranes are also a symbol
of good parenthood and care. The structure of the piece is as follows:
Shirabe Prelude. The cranes arrive flying in a misty valley San'ya Searching for a place to build the nest Takane (1) Rejoicing on finding a place to build a nest - Building the nest Takane (2) Hatching the egg
Honte Love of parent and child. Departure of the child Hachigaeschi Gratitude to heaven on fulfillment of their duty O-musubi The parents' life draws to a close in peace and satisfaction.
Music CDs and books of the translated Japanese music score are available for sale.
Lullabies with the Greek Choir - El GreChor
Kame (alias Tassos Tataroglou) musician and kindergarden teacher was born in 1985 in Greece. He studied classical trumpet, as well as music theory and analysis and pedagogics. Since 2013 he lives in Basel, where he studied free improvisation with Fred Frith and Alfred Zimmerlin. Since 2019 he studies the shakuhachi of the Kinko school with the master Ueli Fuyûru Derendinger. Deeply connected to the exploration of timbre, he created in 2017 the Microtone - Duplex trumpet. This instrument combines most ways of the construction of brass instruments from the Renaissance until today. The result of this experiment is the main tool for Kame's musical practice, which includes acoustic as well as electroacoustic experimentations. In 2017 he started analyzing Japan's traditional music for shakuhachi and arranging it for the M-D trumpet. He performs with ensembles of various formations, presents solo projects and works in transdisciplinary projects with video, painting, dance and theater.
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