|Back in 1977, I was first drawn to and began playing the lap steel guitar in Japan. I' ve played many kinds of instruments, but the last few years have given me a chance to focus on the lap steel guitar and my own style.|
|Of the steel guitars, the responsive Weissenborn hollow-necks in particular radiate an echoing, shiny sound. The slide bar lets us then sustain this sound as long as we like; this adds a certain drive to the sound that is part of the infinite possibilities of the electric lap steel guitar. The versatile synthesizer-like potential of the lap steel guitar goes beyond the confinement of genres and makes it an essential instrument for me to create the personal type of music that I want.|
|In addition to the lap steel guitar, I play the Mongolian two-stringed batoukin (also called morin khuur, ma tou qin, horse-head fiddle). As with the lap steel guitar, the batoukin player enjoys a lot of freedom in how he plays the instrument. After some free-form experimenting, I' ve come to appreciate the fun sounds that the batoukin can sing.|
My solo career as a lap steel guitarist debuted in 2003 with the album Song of grass Scent of sky. A second solo album, Fruits of Fortune, followed two years later in 2005 through MIDI Creative. And my third solo album Wake is from Panco Records in 2008.
I am very happy that I can share the free, unconfined world of the lap steel guitar with others worldwide.
Song of grass Scent of sky
[KUSANO OTO SORANO NIOI]
|1:Turn Turn Turn 2:Arkhi Dance 3:Torrents 4:Wind-Dyed Hill 5:The Shards of Stars 6:Strayed 7:Mebuki 8:Song of grass Scent of sky|
|Song of grass Scent of sky MP3 sample|
Fruits Of Fortune
|1:Fruits Of Fortune 2:Bright Eyes 3:Carneyvore 4:Wander 5:Haoto Mau Oka 6:Arkhi Dance 7:Torrents 8:Song of grass Scent of sky 9:The Shore|
|Fruits Of Fortune MP3 sample|
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Song of grass Scent of sky is available for $14, Fruits of Fortune $18, Wake is $12.
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MP3 files from CD "Wake"
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