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Music for Zen Meditation

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Riley Lee 4/8/2003

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The shakuhachi is an ancient Japanese flute built from a single stalk of mandake bamboo. Introduced into Japan from China in the eighth century, the instrument has been used as a spiritual and meditation instrument since at least the 15th century. Music for Zen Meditation features solo shakuhachi performances from Riley Lee, the first non-Japanese dai shihan, or grand master of the instrument. It is a spare, contemplative recording that is well suited for any kind of relaxation. Unlike many albums intended to enhance yoga or meditation, this release doesn't muddy up its performances with melodramatic nature sounds or new age synthesizer clichés. Rather, it contains two discs of unadorned shakuhachi performances. As a wind instrument, the shakuhachi flute is deceptively simple. It has no keys, pads, levers, or reeds like most Western flutes, and includes only five finger holes. But masters of the instrument draw expressive, evocative variations of sound that are at once relaxing and captivating. Lee turns in performances like this throughout Music for Zen Meditation. Accompanied only by his own breathing, Lee draws forth wistful melodies that seem drenched in morning dew. ~ Johnny Loftus
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Sea Breeze Riley Lee 4:48
  3. 2 Under the Stars Riley Lee 4:14
  4. 3 Spiritus Lenis/Gentle Breath Riley Lee 4:9
  5. 4 Divine Ecstasy Riley Lee 4:59
  6. 5 Dulcet Rhythm Riley Lee 7:9
  7. 6 Serenity Flows Riley Lee 4:42
  8. 7 Tranquil Resonations Riley Lee 6:47
  9. 8 Stillpoint Riley Lee 4:12
  10. 9 Profound Elixir Riley Lee 6:37
  11. 10 Elemental Contemplation Riley Lee 4:36
  12. 11 Inner Quiet Riley Lee 6:46
  13. 1 Whispers of Eternity Riley Lee 5:17
  14. 2 In Time Suspended Riley Lee 4:59
  15. 3 Echo of the Sacred Riley Lee 6:2
  16. 4 Dance -- The Angels of Light Riley Lee 4:55
  17. 5 Between the Stillness Riley Lee 5:18
  18. 6 Soaring With the Eagles Riley Lee 4:1
  19. 7 Fragment of Memory Riley Lee 0:51
  20. 8 Journey Across the Night Riley Lee 3:38
  21. 9 The Tree of Sadness Riley Lee 5:4
  22. 10 Cascade Riley Lee 4:7
  23. 11 Breathe the Fragrance of Forever Riley Lee 2:40
  24. 12 Deep Night Blues Riley Lee 4:50
  25. 13 Silk Thread to the Cosmos Riley Lee 3:33
  26. 14 Divine Mystery Riley Lee 5:10
  27. 15 Merging With the Infinite Riley Lee 4:19

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