Ichiro Seki

Original Compositions
for
Shakuhachi, Koto & Shamisen


Ichiro Seki is a shakuhachi player and composer currently living in Tokyo. He studied shakuhachi with Yokoyama Katsuya and composition with Shuko Mizuno and Yoriaki Matsudaira. He has performed around the world and well-known in Japan for his shakuhachi and koto compositions. These pieces were composed or arranged by Seki and written in both Kinko and Tozan-Ryu notation.

CHERRY BLOSSOM FANTASY [MS-1] First performed by Yokoyama Katsuya and Uga Mineko in Ireland when the Emperor visited in 1987. Based on the well-known folksong Sakura. Koto notation included.

THE LAST EMPEROR [MS-2] Theme song of the award-winning movie by the same name. Composed by Sakamoto Ryoichi and David Byrne. Arranged by Ichiro Seki. For two 1.6' shakuhachi, 4 koto including 17-string koto and Chinese kokyu. 5-line staff notation included.

COMPOSITIONS FOR SHAKUHACHI [MS-3] Four songs based on minyo or traditional folk tunes. Written for 4 shakuhachi in a variety of keys. First performed in 1991 by Furuya Teruo, Madama Kazushi, Seki Ichiro and Yagaki Sakai Kaoru at Bisei in Okayama.

IMPRESSIONS OF BALI [MS-4] Written for two 1.6' shakuhachi (plus a solo for a 2.1' ) and four kotos including 17-string koto. Based on music of the Balinese gamelon.

 

Ichiro Seki

Requium for Ryoma

REQUIUM FOR RYOMA
(For 1.6', 1.8' & 2.4' Shakuhachi; 2-13-String Koto; 17-String Bass Koto & Shamisen)

Written to honor the historical figure Sakamoto Ryoma (1835-1867) who played a decisive role in the creation of modern Japan.


MS-5a Koto scores in Japanese cursive notation and the complete piece in 5-line staff notation $17.50
MS-5b Shamisen score in Japanese cursive notation and the complete piece in 5-line staff notation $17.50
MS-5c Shakuhachi scores in Japanese cursive notation and the complete piece in 5-line staff notation $17.50


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