Murasaki Reiho


Blowing BambooThis piece, sometimes called Shinrinpo, is attributed to the great Sui-Zen monk, Ikkyu (1394-1481). It is a Meian honkyoku from Daitokuji temple in Kyoto. Ikkyu's poems celebrate nature, the body, love and freedom. True to Ikkyu's maverick spirit, Murasaki Reiho uses different scales in ascending and descending forms.
Ikkyu wrote:

A wonderful autumn night, fresh and bright;
Over the echo of music and drums from a
     distant village
The single clear tone of a shakuhachi brings a
     flood of tears--
Startling me from a deep, melancholy dream.


[Wild Ways: Zen Poems of Ikkyu.  Trans. John Stevens.  Shambhala, 1995, p.49]

(On Blowing Bamboo; solo performed by Robert A. Jonas. Recorded at Thomas Eaton Recording Studio, Newburyport, MA, 2002. Re-released in 2015.)

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