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Japanese Mysteries

Ron Korb & Hiroki Sakaguchi

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Ron Korb is versed in different Japanese flutes (bamboo flute, shinobue, misatobue, ryuteki) as well as Western flute. The pieces were written by Korb and Hiroki Sakaguchi (keyboardist on the CD), except for arrangements of two Japanese traditional songs. Other contributors to the album are Senzan Tani and Yoko Tanaka, and the instruments used include the shakuhachi, koto, shamisen, taiko, guitars, synthesizers, and percussion. The pieces evoke themes of Japanese history ("The Story of Heike," "The Tale of Genji"), landmarks ("The Todaiji Temple"), or spirit ("Winter Night," "Autumn Rain"), yet most of them are also reminiscent of Western semi-classical types of pieces, as can be found among many Japanese composers. ~ Bruno Deschênes, Rovi

Biography

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '90s, '00s

In addition to issuing several solo albums, flutist and composer Ron Korb has also lent his talents to motion picture soundtracks and other artists recordings. Of Japanese and Canadian heritage, Korb discovered his love of wind instruments from playing the recorder as a child and the flute in his teens, joining an Irish fife and drum band while still in high school and building a deep admiration for jazz music. After graduating with honors from the University of Toronto, Korb discovered a Chinese...
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