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Thousand Oaks

Label: 482 Music
Released: 2005
Track listing: Ume; Dengaku; Kinpira; Genmaicha; Kuri-ae; Chawan Mushi; Shochu

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Natto Quartet: Thousand Oaks

Read "Thousand Oaks" reviewed by John Kelman

Recorded at a live performance in the Maybeck Studio of Berkeley, California, Natto Quartet's second recording, Thousand Oaks, builds upon the group's first recording, Headlands. It continues to explore a variety of junctures--most specifically the meeting points of different cultures, and of texture and tonality. The quartet's unconventional lineup includes Philip Gelb (one of but a ...

Headlands

Label: 482 Music
Released: 2003
Track listing: Miso (3:15) / Soba (4:22) / Yuba (6:49) / Nuka (6:57) / Kukicha (10:07) / Sake (6:24) / Mochi (9:14).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Natto Quartet: Headlands

Read "Headlands" reviewed by Frank Rubolino

Sounds of the mystical Orient and the more assertive Western world clash head-on when the Natto Quartet ignites. Philip Gelb, an extremely versatile and resourceful shakuhachi player, and Shoko Hikage, an astute proponent of the ancient koto, contribute the Eastern sensibilities that flow well beyond the cultural borders of their instruments’ roots. On the Western front, ...


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