1. In a Brown Study (Adagio – Slowly – Moderato)
2. Intergroove (With Attitude)
3. Rondo-Tegoto (Adagio - Allegro)
YOKO REIKANO KIMURA Koto
HIKARU TAMAKI, cello
JAMES NYORAKU SCHLEFER, shakuhachi
The term Sankyoku means Trio and refers to the classic Japanese chamber music ensemble of koto, shakuhachi and shamisen, but for this piece I wrote for cello instead of shamisen.. As with much of my music for traditional Japanese instruments, I use Japanese scales patterns for the melodic material and combine them with Western rhythms and structure Sankyoku No. 1 is in three movements. As befits its title, In a Brown Study has a rather contemplative feel as it moves between sections. Intergroove is just that - a short interlude between the 1st and 3rd movements with a distinct groove. Rondo-Tegoto refers to both the Tegoto, instrumental section of a traditional piece (an instrumental section of a traditional piece, which inspired much of the melodic writing) and a Western Rondo structure. It deteriorates into a freeform, noise-like section just before the final moments.