This is the first of only two CDs recorded by Senzan Tani; the other one, Zen Spirit, is a solo album. Senzan Tani is a student of the Uyeda chool of shakuhachi while Yoko Tanaka studied at the Tadao Sawai school, Sawai being the best-known koto player of the second half of the century. This fine CD presents a series of traditional and contemporary Japanese classical pieces for koto and shakuhachi. Among the traditional pieces are "Chidori No Kyoku" (The Plover) for both instruments and "Midare" for koto solo, two of the best masterworks of the repertoire. Among the contemporary pieces, there are two excellent pieces: "Tori No Yoni" (The Dream of the Bird) from Tadao Sawai for koto solo and "Sekibetsu No Mai" (Farewell Dance) for koto and shakuhachi by the renowned shakuhachi player Kohachiro Miyata. This excellent CD has a splendid overview of Japanese music. The two contemporary pieces show that the writing on these traditional instrument provides high quality music. Highly recommended.
AllMusic Review by Bruno Deschênes