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Nakamura Akikazu

中村 明一

Nakamura Akikazu
Shakuhachi & Composer
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Akikazu Nakamura studied the shakuhachi under Katsuya Yokoyama and several masters of the komuso shakuhachi. He also studied at the NHK school of traditional music. He then went on to study composition and jazz theory at the Berklee College of Music in the United States, graduating summa cum laude. He continued his studies in the United States as a scholarship student at the New England Conservatory, studying composition and third-stream music in the graduate school. He has performed in around 30 countries all over the world under the sponsorship of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Japan Foundation, etc. He has appeared on more than 40 broadcasting stations worldwide. While rooting his activities in the classical field, he has branched out into a wide range of musical genres including rock, jazz, contemporary music, improvisation, and cross-genre collaborations. He has developed his own unique method of circular breathing which enables him to play continuously for long periods of time without a break in the sound flow. He was awarded the 19th Matsuo Performing Arts Prize. His album The World of Zen Music: Saji released by Nippon Columbia in 1999 was awarded the Prize for Excellence in the Record Category of the 1999 Arts Festival sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs together with the Columbia Golden Disc Special Prize.

As a composer and arranger, Akikazu Nakamura has received commissions from German national radio (WDR), from the Jan Sibelius String Quartet in Finland and from many others. He was awarded the 18th Encouragement Prize for Creative Work in the Stage Arts by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. He is a member of the Japanese Society for Contemporary Music.

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Albums

Moon - Kokoo Moon - Kokoo

Original compositions. Shakuhachi, two koto and voice.

Neutral Point - Forest Neutral Point - Forest

Original compositions. Shakuhachi honkyoku. The band Forest includes shakuhachi, keyboards and 5-string silent bass. This album also uses koto, sitar, guitar, percussion and voice.

Sun - Moon Sun - Moon

Music inspired by the planets and earthly elements. Composed by Satoh Somei.

Super-nova - Kokoo Super-nova - Kokoo

Shakuhachi & two kotos playing Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie and others. The boundaries are stretched and broken on this recording.

World of Zen Music, The - Saji World of Zen Music, The - Saji

Shakuhachi honkyoku.

World of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Kyushu World of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Kyushu

Honkyoku from Kyushu and Itchoken.

World of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Tsugaru, Nezasa-ha Kinpu-ryu World of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Tsugaru, Nezasa-ha Kinpu-ryu

Nezasa-ha Kinpu-ryu honkyoku.

Zoom - Kokoo Zoom - Kokoo

Shakuhachi & two kotos playing traditional and "new" music that rushes past conventional boundaries.

Tracks Recorded

ShakuhachiAlbum
Azuma no Kyoku (Itchoken)World of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Kyushu
Banshiki (Itchoken)World of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Kyushu
Blue - Flowing SandNeutral Point - Forest
Dai-BosatsuWorld of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Kyushu
Eschatological FantasyNeutral Point - Forest
Fairy TaleNeutral Point - Forest
Hachigaeshi (Nezasa Ha)World of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Tsugaru, Nezasa-ha Kinpu-ryu
Hon ShirabeWorld of Zen Music, The - Saji
Kadozuke (Nezasa Ha)World of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Tsugaru, Nezasa-ha Kinpu-ryu
Kaze no KyokuSun - Moon
KogetsuSun - Moon
Kokû (Itchoken)World of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Kyushu
Kokû (Nezasa Ha)World of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Tsugaru, Nezasa-ha Kinpu-ryu
Kumoi JishiWorld of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Kyushu
Matsukaze (Nezasa Ha)World of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Tsugaru, Nezasa-ha Kinpu-ryu
Matsukaze no ShirabeWorld of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Tsugaru, Nezasa-ha Kinpu-ryu
Murasaki ReiboWorld of Zen Music, The - Saji
Nagashi ReiboWorld of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Tsugaru, Nezasa-ha Kinpu-ryu
PhotoneNeutral Point - Forest
Return to SundaNeutral Point - Forest
Sagari Ha (Nezasa Ha)World of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Tsugaru, Nezasa-ha Kinpu-ryu
SajiWorld of Zen Music, The - Saji
SajiWorld of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Kyushu
San'anWorld of Zen Music, The - Saji
San'ya SeiranWorld of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Tsugaru, Nezasa-ha Kinpu-ryu
SanyoSun - Moon
Shika no Tône (Kinko Ryû)World of Zen Music, The - Saji
ShingetsuWorld of Zen Music, The - Saji
Shirabe (Nezasa Ha)World of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Tsugaru, Nezasa-ha Kinpu-ryu
ShishiWorld of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Tsugaru, Nezasa-ha Kinpu-ryu
Snow that Falls on VancouverNeutral Point - Forest
ToppikiWorld of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Kyushu
TôriWorld of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Tsugaru, Nezasa-ha Kinpu-ryu
Tsuru no Sugomori (Don't know which version)Neutral Point - Forest
Tsuru no Sugomori (Don't know which version)World of Zen Music, The - Saji
Yamagoe (aka Reiho)World of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Kyushu

Composed or Arranged

Shakuhachi Compositions
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Photone


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