From the CD New Life from Ruins, this piece is an introduction to a longer piece called Sagariha from the north of Honshu island. Its author is anonymous. Shirabé employs the gusty blowing technique called komibuki, symbolizing the wild breath of the samurai. In the Christian tradition komibuki expresses Ruach, Hebrew for the breath of God.
Robert plays Shirabé on a 2.4 shakuhachi from within an intense thunder-and-rain storm recorded by him in Ashfield, Massachusetts.
(On New Life From Ruins. Recorded at Wellspring Studio, Acton, MA, 2003.)