Ralph Samuelson, world widely renown Shakuhachi master released new album ‘The Universal Flute’. The album includes 6 contemporary pieces, the album especially features in American music for Shakuhachi by numerous composers such as Henry Cowell, Teizo Matsumura, Richard Teitelbaum and any others. The tile of the album ‘The Universal Flute’ is title of the first track composed by the Henry Cowell. The master, Ralph Samuelson is creating ideal sounds of Shakuhachi beyond time and space containing American motive inspired.
1. Henry Cowell, The Universal Flute
2. Teizo Matsumura, Shikyoku Ichiban (Poème 1)
with Yoko Hiraoka, koto
3. Richard Teitelbaum, Hi Kaeshi Hachi Mi Fu
4. Bun-Ching Lam, Three Songs of Shide
with Tomoko Sugawara, kugo harp
5. Elizabeth Brown, Afterimage
with Yoko Hiraoka, shamisen and voice
6. Henry Cowell, Reprise: The Universal Flute
with Steve Gorn, bansuri
Ralph Samuelson is a performer and teacher of the Japanese bamboo flute, shakuhachi. He was trained in the classical tradition of the Kinko School of shakuhachi by the late Living National Treasure Yamaguchi Goro as well as by Shudo Yamato and Kodo Araki V, both in Japan and in the graduate world music program at Wesleyan University.
He performs both traditional and contemporary music throughout North America, Asia, and Europe, and has recorded for Innova, CBS Masterworks, Lyrichord, Music of the World, Tzadik, XI Records, Pogus, and other labels. He was the shakuhachi soloist in the New York City Ballet production of Jerome Robbins’ “Watermill” with music by Teiji Ito, and his “Flutes of Hope” ensemble commemorating the victims of the earthquake/tsunami in Japan has been presented annually in New York at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. In 2011 and 2013 he was artist in residence at the Lou Harrison House in Joshua Tree, California. He is an international advisor for the Seoul Institute of the Arts in Korea and is senior advisor and former director of the Asian Cultural Council. (More info : http://www.shakuhachi.com/R-Shaku-Samuelson.html)
-TeRra Online Team