Cover art by Robert Edwin
OJP025 : Ryouko Aomasa (feat. Robert Edwin) / Divine Fox Dance
After releasing 'FRAME' last December (see OJP024) where she was featured on a Robert Edwin song and which was one of their first collaboration, Ryouko Aomasa wrote more piano pieces. This time, Robert added just a few of his typical signature sounds, like a bit of spices, and mixed the tracks in order to keep the purity of Ryouko San piano play.
She studied the piano as a child but didn’t play it for many years. Instead she went on learning Koto and Shamisen from various teachers, among others the living national treasure Masatoru Imafuji, and made a career as a traditional Japanese music player with those instruments.
It is only five years ago that she was invited to collaborate on the piano with a Shakuhachi player.
She then started to collaborate and play with singers, dancers for the last years.
It is her first time to compose properly songs. Her approach is free, based on her foundations of traditional music.
As Ryouko says: "In music, there is a wonderful thought for the sound itself, even the sounds that I am sending. I always think that I have a willingness to separate from myself. I want to know where the sound is born and where I want to go."
Digital release on the 2nd of February 2018.
1: Proud Steps
2: Divine Fox Dance
4: Howling of Skinny Wolf
5: Shadow Traces