DELICATE PATHS – Music for Shō
たおやかな歩み 笙の音

Sarah Peebles with Evan Parker, Nilan Perera, Suba Sankaran

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Contemporary compositions and improvisation have become a part of the shō repertoire since the 1960s, and its arresting pipe-organ sound has drawn fans from around the world. The music of ‘Delicate Paths’ features acoustic shō solos and group improvisations with Evan Parker, Nilan Perera and Suba Sankaran, electroacoustic works, and highlights unusual approaches to recording the shō. The intimate, dry sound reflects the instrument in its most exposed context.

The listening experience is contemplative and sensuous, immersing one in the luminous sound of this traditional instrument, approached in a contemporary way. Each solo is dedicated to a present or historic element of the shō.

1. RESINOUS FOLD 7 (FOR SMOKE) PEEBLES
2. DELICATE PATH (MURASAKI) PARKER, PEEBLES, PERERA
3. RESINOUS FOLD 6 (FOR TRIGONA) PEEBLES
4. DELICATE PATH (LIME) PARKER, PEEBLES, PERERA
5. RESINOUS FOLD 2 (FOR BAMBOO) PEEBLES
6. DELICATE PATH (SANDALWOOD) PEEBLES, SANKARAN
7. IN THE CANOPY (PART 1) PEEBLES
8. RESINOUS FOLD 2+4+3 (FOR MALACHITE, BRONZE & CERUMEN) PEEBLES

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Delicate Path’s foreword focuses on the instrument’s ethno-botanical and ethno-zoological connections to ancient Asia. Peebles delves into the shō’s history, evolution and present-day connections to people, habitat, animals and culture.
Full forward [pdf] | アーティストからのメッセージ [pdf]

Album art Front & back cover [PDF] | Track notes [PDF]

Album available via www.unsounds.com, Squid Co (USA) CDbaby (USA) Canadian Music Centre (Canada) Subterranean (NL) Metamkine (FR) Mandai (BE) Goodfellas/Soundohm (IT) Shellshock (UK)

Reviews:

Sarah Peebles. Delicate Paths. Musicworks magazine

Revue & Corrigée [image file]

The Whole Note Review [pdf file]

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