NY Licorice Ensemble: Warabe-Uta Remix


Furious Artisans presents the 3rd release from NY Licorice Ensemble, featuring all new works composed for the group as part of a composers competition in which the candidates were asked to arrange traditional Japanese children's songs (warabe-uta).


# Audio Title/Composer(s) Time
Total Time 41:16
01Minimal de KOKIRIKO
Minimal de KOKIRIKO
02The Zuizui Blues
The Zuizui Blues
03Mt. Semba Fantasy
Mt. Semba Fantasy
04Nanbu Lullaby
Nanbu Lullaby
05Lettre à l'oisif (d'après Aizu Bandaisan)
Lettre à l'oisif (d'après Aizu Bandaisan)
06Hana Ichi Monme
Hana Ichi Monme
07Simultaneous Variations
Simultaneous Variations
08Nomadic Flight At Dusk
Nomadic Flight At Dusk
09Sankaku Dude! (Yagi-bushi)
Sankaku Dude! (Yagi-bushi)

The NY Licorice Ensemble, always seeking to present new cultural and musical activities in Japan and the U.S. focused now on ”warabe-uta,”–Japanese traditional children’s songs, for the third CD.

We looked back on songs we heard from childhood many of which are cultural treasures and decided to introduce them to the world in a context of newly composed music, “warabe-uta remix.”

In response to our call for newly composed pieces with motives using “warabe-uta” via the internet, to our surprise, we received 33 entries, all of a very high level.

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Six members from the ensemble formed a review committee; they listened to all 33 samples provided by the composers. From these, the committee chose 12 which the ensemble read and recorded and out of those 12, the committee finally chose 6 to include on the CD. In addition to these 6 pieces, included on this CD we have works of three composer friends of ours each of a different nationality.

Since there are pieces using motives from the same songs; you can enjoy the different approach each composer has taken.

We hope you enjoy this newly presented world of traditional warabe-uta heard through these nine unique pieces.

If this collection inspires Japanese audiences to recall the beautiful and joyful words and melodies of warabe-uta, and if warabe-uta can become more familiar worldwide through this CD we will be truly happy.

Produced by NY Licorice Ensemble
Recorded & Mixed by Satoshi Ipponjima of Penguin Record
Assistant Engineer: Ryo Yamashita
Graphic Design: Aiko Toda
Photographs by yOU (Yuko Kawasaki)

Recorded at China Cultural Complex, July 22-24, 2015
Special thanks to Central Musical Instruments Co.,Ltd. & Ishimori Wind Instruments Co.,Ltd.

NY Licorice Ensemble

The NY Licorice Ensemble is a group comprised of all Japanese female clarinetists and was founded in 2011 by Ayako Oshima, a clarinetist and a faculty at Juilliard school and Hartt. All of the members studied in New York with the well known clarinetist, Charles Neidich and share the same technique–one that contributes to the group’s pristine and flawless ensemble sound.

NYLE has been performing with increasing frequency in Japan and New York.


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