Hamada Takasi | Echoes from Otarunay, Vol.2 (Free Style Guitar Solo Works by Hamada Takasi)

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Echoes from Otarunay, Vol.2 (Free Style Guitar Solo Works by Hamada Takasi)

by Hamada Takasi

The latest best album, a collection of freestyle guitar solos, such as blues, ballads, classical, folksy and Latin flavor music.
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Last Penguin
3:47 $0.99
2. Horizon
4:18 $0.99
3. Ragtimer, the Cat Star
2:57 $0.99
4. Fisherman's Holiday
4:13 $0.99
5. Voyager's Song
2:59 $0.99
6. Song of Utasutu
3:16 $0.99
7. Tune for Yumekazu
2:22 $0.99
8. Hello Working Rag
3:53 $0.99
9. Pikata
3:27 $0.99
10. Time to Say Goodbye
3:07 $0.99
11. I Will Remember
3:36 $0.99
12. Blizzard
4:14 $0.99
13. Jung-Hwan March
3:28 $0.99
14. Blue Tower of Rock - from Akaiwa Suite
3:56 $0.99
15. Missing You at the Canal
3:43 $0.99
16. Sikuzusi
3:59 $0.99
17. Tree of Butterflies
3:06 $0.99
18. August Dance
5:05 $0.99
19. Morales, Amigo
3:40 $0.99
20. Cloud of Aynumosir
4:48 $0.99
21. Kunnecup
3:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
Echoes From Otarunay Vol. 2
- Free style guitar solo works by HAMADA Takasi -

1 The Last Penguin (1986) 3:44
2 Horizon (1987-1993) 4:18
3 Ragtimer, the Cat Star (1988) 2:57
4 Fisherman's Holiday (1990) 4:12
5 Voyager's Song (1993) 2:59
6 Song of Utasutu (1993) 3:16
7 Tune for Yumekazu (1995) 2:22
8 Hello Working Rag (1995) 3:52
9 Pikata (1996) 3:27
10 Time to Say Goodbye (1996) 3:07
11 I Will Remember (1997) 3:36
12 Blizzard (1997) 4:14
13 Jung-Hwan March (2002) 3:28
14 Blue Tower of Rock from Akaiwa Suite (2003) 3:56
15 Missing You at the Canal (2004) 3:43
16 Sikuzusi (2004) 3:59
17 Tree of Butterflies (2005) 3:06
18 August Dance (2007) 5:05
19 Morales, Amigo (2008) 3:40

20 Cloud of Aynumosir (1995) 4:48
21 Kunnecup (1988) 3:24

(*) Arranged by HAMADA Toshimichi in 1996, and performed by Salon Mandolino at Marine Hall in Otaru, Oct.18, 1997.

total : 78:17

HAMADA Takasi : acoustic guitar
All works are written by HAMADA Takasi (Takashi Hamada).

Difference from the previous CD;
track-2,3,5,6,11,13 : re-recorded version.
track-4,17,19 : previously unreleased.
track-8,9 : different version from original CD.
The other tracks are all remix versions, except track-10.

2nd best album is the collection of the freestyle guitar solo works by HAMADA.

My first best album "Echoes from Otarunay Vol.1" is the 2 CDs including my works in classic rag format, generally for piano. On the contrary, this 2nd best album contains free style works, purely composed for guitar.

I chose mainly the works which contains arpeggio or ornaments, or relatively lyrical works. I think it makes good contrast against 1st best.

I re-recorded 6 tunes, and newly recorded 3 unreleased works, and 2 retake sessions. And I made new 24 bit remastering mix to all the tracks so as to be heard more comfortably and enjoyably.

And also I added the special tracks of 2 of my works, which were arranged for mandolin ensemble by my father during his lifetime. These are my precious, memorable tracks.
I hope you will enjoy this CD.




1. The Last Penguin (1986) * From cassette "Song of Utasutu" (1994). Rec:1993-11-28, guitar : Yamaha LL-45D
A tune which has the same title of my first cassette album released as commemorative of my college graduation (1986). Its tuning 'DADGAD' is frequently used by other fingerstyle guitarists, though until now (2010) this is my only composition by the tuning. I think it was slightly influenced by Michael Hedges, though I didn't use special way of playing here. I selected the re-recorded version for the cassette "Song of Utasutu" (1994).
2. Horizon (1987-1993) * Re-recorded version. Rec:2009-3-30, guitar : BlueBell W-1000
I firstly intended it would be in CD "Flying Seagulls" (1995) which was planned under the 'sea' theme, but I actually released it in the cassette "Song of Utasutu" (1994). So this is the first appearance in my CD album. I think the impressionistic starting was based on a rhythm pattern of 'Colors/Dance', a piano work by George Winston. It is my relatively minor work, but it is also my favorite.
3. Ragtimer, the Cat Star (1988) * Re-recorded version. Rec:2010-5-13, guitar : Ibanez AW-95 (as 6 string guitar)
A tune which has the same title of my 3rd cassette album. I dedicated it to Mikko, a pet cat of my family which died at that time. I think it has powerful sound with ornament graces by open tuning, while it also has ragtime flavor. I played the middle refrain by the double speed shortly, because I wanted to defeat myself on my old recording (about 22 years ago).
4. Fisherman's Holiday (1990) * Previously unreleased. Rec:2010-5-12, guitar : Washburn D-62SW (Yamaki)
A Latin island flavor tune, which was composed after the release of my 4th cassette album "Moon Shadow March" (1990). I added plainly an Okinawan phrase here. Demo take has been recorded but somewhat I forgot its tuning, and had been unreleased until now. I feel relieved to make my first recording, because I believe it isn't so bad composition as being ignored during 20 years.
5. Voyager's Song (1993) * Re-recorded version. Rec:2009-3-30, guitar : Aria D-80
A tune released in my CD album "Flying Seagulls" (1995). I guess its title may be 'green', which was related with my decision of resign my job at that time. I love Brazilian guitarists such as Sebastiao Tapajos, and I have written the guitar tunes under the influence of the Brazilian style. I think this tune reaches the highest position of my Brazilian style works.
6. Song of Utasutu (1993) * Re-recorded version. Rec:2009-3-31, guitar : Aria D-80
Utasutu is a place name in Hokkaido (in Suttsu, Otaru etc), which means 'ota-sut' (sand-root = starting point of the sand beach) in Ainu. My first recording was in the cassette "Song of Utasutu" (1994), and 2nd was in the CD "Flying Seagulls" (1995), and this is my newly recorded version. It has Japanese folklore style which merely appears in my works, such as my Japanese song "Seagull's Song" (1997) released in my 2nd vocal CD "Utabako" (2004).
7. Tune for Yumekazu (1995) * From CD "My Otaru" (1998). Rec:1998-1-16~23, guitar : Yamaha S-51
A lyrical work which has broken chord style in minor key, not as being frequently seen in my works. It was composed under the influence of my friend Yumekazu, a fingerstyle guitarist living in Sapporo. Previously, I was claimed that "You have only this tune, don't you?" from the guitar fan who likes a tender music... It is the start of playing by the Hentai Tuning (CAbCFCEb), which I made in 1990 and became my 2nd standard tuning after it. I also released its live version in my CD "Live Ragging" (2002).
8. Hello Working Rag (1995)
* Alternate take of CD "Acoustic Guitar / Solo" (1997). Rec:1997-2-28, guitar : Yamaha S-51
It has the 'rag' title, though it isn't a classic rag but a ragtime-blues like John Fahey style. I composed it during when I was studying Ainu language after resign my job, and I took this title from 'Hello Work', a nickname of Public Employment Security Office in Japan. I selected take-1 from the original session, which I think better than original take-2 version in CD "Acoustic Guitar / Solo" (1997). I also released its live version in my CD "Live Ragging" (2002).
9. Pikata (1996)
* Alternate take of CD "Acoustic Guitar / Solo" (1997). Rec:1997-2-28, guitar : Yamaha S-51
Pikata means 'south wind' or 'southwest wind' in Ainu. So it has some Latin image and rhythm. As the previous tune, I selected take-1 from the original session.
10. Time to Say Goodbye (1996) * From CD "The Amur Adonis" (2010). Rec:2010-1-28, guitar : Ayers A-07
It is my ballad, composed under the influence of Preston Reed, one of my favorite guitarists. I think I composed it thinking of the day I resigned my job, as well as the next "I Will Remember". It has been naturally out of my permanent repertoires and unreleased for a long time, because it was made during the change of my style from standard tuning to Hentai and Otarunay (EbAbCFCEb) tuning, but finally released in the CD "The Amur Adonis" (2010) with Kenji Komatsuzaki.
11. I Will Remember (1997) * Re-recorded version. Rec:2010-5-13, guitar : Fields F-Cutaway
Originally a song, which is in my first vocal CD "My Otaru" (1998). It is my most favorite song of all. This is an arrangement for guitar solo by Otarunay tuning. I played it slower and deeper with feeling than the CD "Orion" (2001) version. Well, there is the live version in my CD "Live Ragging 2" (2004) in which my friend Tokio Uchida (fingerstyle guitarist famous in Japan) played fine 2nd melodies.
12. Blizzard (1997) * From CD "End of Summer" (2001). Rec:2001-12-2~14, guitar : Yamaha S-51
I made it as a sound drawing of the blizzard. Generally there are very many songs treating the snow as a symbol of romantic feeling, but I can't help reminding the snow through the dark images, because I have many hard times of snow in Hokkaido, north country in Japan.
13. Jung-Hwan March (2002) * Re-recorded version. Rec:2009-4-4, guitar : Aria D-80
I dedicated it to Ahn Jung-Hwan, a Korean football player who played an active part in FIFA World Cup 2002 held in Japan & Korea. It is the only tune which has classic ragtime format in this CD, but I selected it as a kind of march style (while I released Vol.1 previously, as a collection of classic rag style). I was influenced by country rags of Brun Campbell, a pupil of Scott Joplin. This march wasn't released in my original albums, but once included as a sheet with CD in the book "Acoustic Guitar Magazine 19" (2004) published by Rittor Music in Japan. I'm sorry if the sheet might be different from this version, for its improvisational nature.
14. Blue Tower of Rock (2003) * From CD "Akaiwa Suite" (2003). Rec:2003-10-7, guitar : Seagull SS-50
I selected it from my "Akaiwa Suite" composed in 2002-03 based in the theme of Akaiwa Seashore. I imagined a little weird tower of rock in Akaiwa. I have composed some works imaging a view from Otaru such as it, for example, "Hariusu" (1991) is another work which presents the dark and weird feeling at the other place in Otaru.
15. Missing You at the Canal (2004) * From CD "Utabako" (2004). Rec:2004-11-6, guitar : K.Yairi CE-1
A graceful tune recorded by nylon string guitar. I couldn't name it at first, so a friend of mine, lived in Eniwa at that time, named its title instead of me.
16. Sikuzusi (2004) * From CD "Plays Roberto Clemente" (2005). Rec:2005-9-15, guitar : Yamaha S-51
An optimistic tune in Latin flavor, which has the same spirit on "Akaiwa Suite". Sikuzusi is an old place name of Shukutsu in Otaru, in which there are famous Otaru aquarium and Nishin Goten (palatial residence). I guess its meaning in Ainu as "si-kut-ous (big-bluff-underneath)" and noted my opinion on my website.

17. Tree of Butterflies (2005) * Previously unreleased. Rec:2005-10, guitar : Yamaha S-51
Exactly it isn't the first appearance in CD because it was included in the novelty CDR presented for an advance order for my CD "Plays Roberto Clemente" (2005), though it is the first time including in my official albums. I composed it under the images of cabbage butterflies flying around the tree just like its flowers in the early summer, which I was surprised to see in my school days.
18. August Dance (2007) * From CD "Sunshine Music" (2007). Rec:2007-9-28, guitar : Fields F-Citaway
Dedicated to the guitarist Ken'ichi Ito (1975- ) and Goro Noda (1962-2006), guitar improvisor. Ito-kun reminded me the young passion to the music, and Goro-san taught me his spirit of free improvisation. Thanks to the relationship with the finest musicians such as them, my music becomes joyous and meaningful.
19. Morales, Amigo (2008) * Previously unreleased. Rec:2009-4-6, guitar : Aria D-80
Dedicated to Morales BM-100, a Japanese acoustic guitar made by Zen'on which I have got in 2008. 'Morales' is the typical name in Latin American area, so I named it as amigo (=friend) and made it with funny Tango format. I think it has the influence of the tune such as "Mr. Moonlight" or "Begin the Beguine".


20. Cloud of Aynumosir (1995)[Original guitar solo version is in the CD "Flying Seagulls" (1995)]
21. Kunnecup ['the moon' in Ainu] (1988) [Original guitar solo version is in the cassette "Ragtimer, th Cat Star" (1989) and CD "Flying Seagulls" (1995)]

From the concert of 'Otaru Salon Mandolino' at Otaru Marine Hall in Oct. 18, 1997. These are arrangements for mandolin ensemble written by Toshimichi Hamada (1936-1998), my father, in 1996. My father did the central role in the mandolin ensemble in Otaru for a long time from the former 'Otaru Plectrum Ensemble' in which my grandfather played as well, although he wasn't a professional musician. There are over 100 arrangements for mandolin ensemble written by my father. I don't mind the 'professional or not' stories for anyone else, just because I believe my father was a great musician. Actually there are arrangements of my other two works "My Otaru" and "The Day of Wind Blowing" by him , though I wanted him to arrange more of my works. I express sincere appreciation to Otaru Salon Mandolino for giving me permission to be included these tracks in this CD.



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Sue West

Excellent picking!
Guitar enthusiasts will love these cds by Hamada Takasi, who has crafted unique arrangements of varying traditional fingerstyle guitar forms. He brings a distinctive voice to these pieces, and he demonstrates here the kind of instrumental clarity and mastery which the fingerstyle technique demands. Immaculate, energetic performance and very delightful music!!