Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin

Heart of Zen: Simplicity

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Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin, a Daishi (grand master) of the shakuhachi--a wooden flute carved from bamboo-- here presents a series of ten disarmingly and deceptively simple-sounding compositions. Though most were composed by Zen masters several centuries ago, Seldin does include a few of his own compositions including the deeply mournful "Soho Lullaby." Needless to say, this disc is ideal for meditation at anything from a beginning to an advanced level. Seldin's deeply spiritual connection to this ancient music should be apparent to even a casual listener. The shakuhachi's ancient, timeless sound exists in the space between nature and man, timelessness and time, life and death. All these opposites unite, ignite, die, and are reborn with each note, making this CD a great nonverbal guide to one's own inner consciousness. That Seldin was born in 1940's Brooklyn, yet has risen to grand master status in Japan, makes his music even stronger evidence that East and West are also ultimately one, and the wisdom of the ancient world is available to anyone who seeks it with enough patience, concentration, and devotion.

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