“[…] one must just listen. Absolutely fascinating!” (Piano News). This album explicits the influences of the Japanese music on the French Impressionism by causing several parallels among: Ravel, Debussy, Takata, and Sukegawa.

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Nami no Oto (Sound of Waves) seeks to demonstrate the influence of the Japanese music on the Western music culture, the French Impressionism in particular. This theorem is tackled by our fascinating pianist through compositions of: Ravel, Debussy, Takata, Sukegawa. The former two received their inspiration not only from the Javanese gamelan music, but also from the music of Japan. In painting, the interaction between impressionism art and Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblocks was already acknowledged.

The pivotal point of the musical axis Japan-France are the two Paris World Fairs in 1889 and 1900. Here, for the first time, Debussy and Ravel  have heard the Japanese music – especially the work “Echigojichi” (The Lion of Echigo) of Rokuzaemon Kineya. Fascinated by this new music world, they decide to dig up more into this new musical language. As a testimony to  this, Japanese influences are present  on the title page of the score of Debussy’s masterpiece “La Mer”. This woodcut shows “The sea and a big wave in front of the sacred Mount Fuji.” This is why Kayoko dubbed her CD as the “sound of the waves”. Here, Kayoko elicits on the piano the unbelievable vibrations, oscillations and waves of sound as they haven’t been recorded before.

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