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Take to Iki

by Chiku Za

Koten Honkyoku for solo jinashi shakuhachi. Traditional Japanese Zen music performed with long bamboo flutes.
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1. Honte No Shirabe
5:00 $1.70
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2. Koku
15:20 $1.70
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3. Shin Seki
6:40 $1.70
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4. Sokkan
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5. Shin Kyorei
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6. Shingetsu
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Take to Iki (Bamboo and Breath) by Chiku Za
It was recorded in Spain in 2011, and includes 6 breathtaking honkyoku versions, performed in 3.35 and 3.7 jinashi shakuhachi.
All songs were recorded in one take, with no editing.

(Chiku Za's words translation from japanese)
Legends say that shakuhachi arrived from China to Japan in the S. VII. Jinashi shakuhachi are the flutes played by Komuso monks from the end of S. XVI to XIX.
I call the jinashi shakuhachi bamboo (take). Komuso were monks belonging to the zen buddism Fuke sect, they played the bamboo as a meditation practice. Bamboo were spiritual tools, and, more than music instruments (gakki), were considered religious instruments (hokki).
It is said that Komuso monks played the bamboo to know the importancy of breathing, and to recognice everyone's way of breathing, usually not conscient, and always changing.
In japanese, iki means breathing. Iki kanji is formed by the signs of heart and self.
Heart is unstable, and emotions like gladness, sadness, ansiety, tranquility, etc. are shown by the way of breathing. Have you ever been able to breath deeply, consciently, without been quiet?
Quiet breathing, a bit longer and deeper than normal, soothes our tensions, and calms us.
Breath control also has consequences at phisical level, not only emotional. It is not necessary to explain how important is to breath fresh oxygen. Besides, it is known from ancient times the effect of good breathing on nervous system control, and in health overall.
Yoga from India, Chi Kung from China, meditation systems all over the world speak about the importancy of the breathing way. In japanese buddism, breathing practice in sitting position is called Za Zen. Meditation practice with the bamboo is called Sui Zen.
Komuso monks ancient repertory, normally for solo shakuhachi, is known as Koten Honkyoku. Most of the pieces origins are unknown, we don't know who were the composers, and when they were composed.
Today, these songs are not a local cultural form anymore, and they are recognized as jewells of the human spirit by an increasing number of people from many different countries, and Honkyoku understanding is increasing. Also, there are people who play different styles of music with shakuhachi, so repertory is growing and getting enriched.
I hope the world of sounds expresed through natural bamboo and breathing culture continues expanding in the future.
Thank you very much for listening to this Cd.
Gashou
Chiku Za

You can find a review of this Cd at the European Shakuhachi Society web page:
http://shakuhachisociety.eu/publications/cd-reviews/

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