Kazuo Fukushima - Mei

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Kazuo Fukushima is a Self-taught Japanese composer. He associated with Toru Takemitsu, Joji Yuasa and others in the 1950’s and founded Jikken Kobo (Experimental Workshop), an organization dedicated to the exploration of new directions in the arts, including multimedia. Fukushima has long had a special interest in Gagaku and Noh music, in both of which flute-like instruments are important, and most of his instrumental music has been written for the flute. The German music critic and administrator Dr. Wolfgang Steinecke was responsible for the rise of Darmstadt as a center for avant-garde music in Germany. His untimely death in 1961 occurred just after Kazuo Fukushima had been invited to Darmstadt to lecture on Noh plays and modern Japanese music. Flutist Severino Gazzelloni, celebrated for his advocacy of contemporary music and long a fixture at Darmstadt, commissioned Mei from Fukushima as a solo flute piece in memory of Dr. Steinecke. The glissandos, extreme dynamics and free rhythm of Mei are derived from the characteristic music of the shakuhachi, the end-blown Japanese traditional flute. Mei is the Chinese ideogram meaning obscure, pale, intangible. The sound of the flute, according to an ancient Japanese belief, has the power to reach the dead.

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from Flautisimo!, released February 2, 2015

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Eduardo González Mexico City, Mexico

The outstanding talent of flutist Eduardo Gonzalez has placed him without a doubt as one of the most distinctive Mexican musicians of his generation. With performances in Mexico and abroad, he has shared the scene with artists of the stature of Plácido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli. His interest to promote contemporary music has encouraged composers to honor him with the dedication of their work. ... more

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