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Hikage, Shoko & Noriko Tsuboi / Step Forward
Album:Step Forward Collection:World
Artist:Hikage, Shoko & Noriko Tsuboi Added:11/2002
Label:(Unknown) 

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Album Review
Jacki-O
Reviewed 2002-12-15 
Hikage, Shoko & Noriko Tsuboi - Koto Duo: Step Forward
Label: self-released

As you can tell from the picture on the CD, the koto is a huge stringed instrument that is identical to a Chinese zither. Some works on this CD are far-out improvisational pieces (3,4,9) and other pieces are more traditional Asian-sounding works (2,6,7,8). This CD can be played on experimental/improv programs as a result. There are quite a few interesting pieces. I especially liked 6-8, which is three-part work that is quite nice, and #5 is very interesting.
1. Sparse notes played quietly
2. A light & sunny feel to the melodies
3. Improvisation – w/ some insistent moments
4. Low bassy notes, some tense high-pitched squeaky-string moments, alternating with quiet meditative moments
5. A four-part work that incorporates ideas of the four seasons, a re-creation of nature sounds through the use of the two koto instruments - impressive
6. Slow and peaceful
7. Melodic and flowing – lovely tones
8. Lively – beautifully dancing tones & melodies
9. Improv piece that brings out some really far-out sounds from the manipulation of the two koto instruments

Track Listing
1.Kobu 2 5.Hyakkafu
2.Kobu 3 6.Koto Futae 1
3.Kobu 5 7.Koto Futae 2
4.Laguna 8.Koto Futae 3
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