Shomyo Buddhist Ritual: Shingon School

Various Artists

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Shomyo Buddhist Ritual: Shingon School Review

by John Storm Roberts

The Shomyo liturgical chant, introduced to Japan in the ninth century, is characterized by pure vocal monody and free, unmeasured rhythm. In general effect it is like a graver Gregorian chant (which makes it particularly accessible to Western ears). This is a singularly beautiful recording, though the notes aren't quite up to Ocora's Shomyo release.