On his 40th album, Italian ambient/electronic artist jarguna collaborates with Canada's Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos, master builder of jinashi shakuhachi, the famous vertical zen flute of Japan. It’s 99 minutes of sensual mysteries deeply blending the flute into an organic/electronic environment linking a secular tradition of the rising sun with modern sound structures.
“Being born in Japan,” Ryuzen reflects,”the shakuhachi’s deep woven presence in culture was very attractive for me. Meditation has always been a part of my life, and shakuhachi’s roots are connected with the zen tradition which fulfills another facet of my being. I have a passion for wind and stringed instruments as well as electronic music. I was impressed by jarguna’s sensitivity to subtle atmospheres and the way in which he places the shakuhachi in these electronic, long-form, glacial textural sonic meditations.”
KITSUNE’s themes are derived from the legends and mythologies that still permeate the beliefs of the Japanese people, that is, Inari, i.e. divinity as a generic term, or rather O-inari. The term kitsune refers to a Japanese fox spirit, normally female, said to have powers such as shape-shifting, and whose power is symbolized by an increase in the number of tails. Kitsune are guardians of Shinto shrines, protecting from evil entities. The atmosphere of the music is shrouded in mystery, mixed with surprises from the unknown; the two artists create a satisfying sense of peace.