Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura

A set of five miniatures for prepared guitar by Japanese-American composer Kenji Oh, inspired from the eponymous Kabuki play. The sound of the guitar is manipulated through retuning and preparations to incorporate the Japanese concept of safari (loosely, "obstacle"), which is evidenced for instance in the buzzing timbre of instruments like the biwa and shamisen. The music is available from Pinna Records as a limited edition art book, featuring illustrations by Shari Arai DeBoer, or as a digital download through conventional channels.