TATSUMI YOSHIOKA is a peformer, composer and arranger who studied shakuhachi with Yokoyama Katsuya. Started in 1972 at the age of 17. He received a shihan master's certification 1978 upon graduating from NHK Hogaku Ginosha Ikuseikai. He also studied hogaku music with the renowned koto player, Chikushi Katsuko. Since 1980, he played annual recitals with wife Seiei Tomimoto (sangen). In 1981,Tatsumi formed Yoshioka Hogakusha.


Kougen no Fu [J]
with Chikushi Junko, Yoshioka Mokoto, Tsukamoto Kachotoku, Ave Utafumi, Izumi Kazusa, Wanibuchi Kamuha, Sato Kaori, Kainuma Kasuho, Kaesstu Ono & Ishikawa Kasen (koto)

Shakuhachi and koto compositions written by Katsuko Chikushi, renowned koto teacher from Kyushu, who passed away in 1984.

This CD is dedicated to her momory.

1. Kougen no Fu
2. Maboroshi no Hashira
3. Maboroshi o Oute
4. Yoshinoshizuka
5. Aoshima


A Note about Pricing of CDs Imported from Japan

The price of CDs manufactured and sold in Japan are significantly higher than recordings made and distributed here in the USA. The average price for Japanese CDs is ¥3150 or, at the current exchange US Dollar to Japanese Yen rate, significantly more expensive than the cost of most American CDs. Add to this the shipping cost involved in importing these recordings. For this reason, in the past, I have hesitated to carry a large selection of Japanese CDs. However, by request and popular demand, I have changed this policy, but please don't be shocked by the sticker prices. Some Japanese artists represented on this site have are graciously offering their music at a significant discount to accommodate the world shakuhachi community. I have also endeavored to keep pricing in line as much as possible.

Monty H. Levenson, P.O. Box 294, Willits, CA 95490 USA
monty@shakuhachi.com    www.shakuhachi.com

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