Jürg Fuyûzui Zurmühle

Traditional Music for Two Shakuhachi

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Jürg Fuyûzui Zurmühle and Ueli Fuyûru Derendinger are two shakuhachi players from Switzerland. They do not appear to be much known in North America. They offers us on this CD some of the very few traditional Japanese honkyoku pieces that have been written for two shakuhachis. Typically, Japanese shakuhachi pieces are solos. Only a small number of them were added a second part. They can either be played solo or in duo. Except for the well-known piece "Shika No Tône," which is the most recorded piece of the shakuhachi repertoire (as much solo as in duet), the other duets are rarely recorded. Besides Zurmühle and Derendinger, each offers us a solo piece. These duets give the listener an unusual and, one might rather say, exquisite outlook on shakuhachi music. These duets evoke a quite different perspective of honkyoku music, and these two very talented musicians succeed fully in sharing with the listener this meditative music. A must in any collection of Japanese music.

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