This is a piece of genre Koten from the Kyushu Kei School.
History (Riley Kelly Lee):
|Yearning for the Bell of the Kyushu Region|
Kyushu Reibo belongs to the family of Reibo pieces, from which this series of seven recordings takes its name. The legendary 'father' of the honkyoku tradition, Fuke (ca. 9th C. China), did not play shakuhachi, but rang a rei (hand-bell) instead. To his disciples, Fuke's bell has come to symbolize enlightenment. "Yearning for the Bell" can therefore mean 'yearning for enlightenment'.
Kyushu Reibo (Itchoken) appears on the following albums