If you are the performer, or know who is, please contact me!  This performance is amazing and I want to buy every CD you sell.

No, even the poster doesn’t know where the music came from.  Please help us solve this mystery.  I am not the only one who wants to know.


4 comments on “Sakura

  1. Tim McKamey says:

    Sorry, I don’t have any clues for you – but it certainly is a beautiful arrangement. My daughter learned this and performed with her high school chamber orchestra, she plays viola and is working on the solo arrangement for viola. But it is a very western treatment and not at all like this. Still, this is one of those timeless melodies that continues to find new ways to express itself.

    I have to say, the most moving performance I ever heard of it was in 1976 wandering through the back alleys of Chinatown in San Francisco. There was this very strange little old guy playing Sakura on one of those traditional Japanese or Chinese violins that only has one or two strings which pass through the middle of the bow so they can be played by an upper or lower set of ‘hairs?’ on the bow. As I stood there watching and listening, his face and eyes would tilt in peculiar angles and he would look directly into me and smile this strange crooked smile, then he would break the eye contact and go back into the music and drift off into some kind of pentatonic quantum timespace for a while, then all of a sudden a couple of notes in Sakura would jerk him back into here and now, and he’d smile that strange smile at me. He played the song for a long time, with all kinds of different time signatures making cameo appearances.

    I could never figure out if his smile and the look in his eyes was happiness, or a profound kind of sadness so deep that it had permanently disfigured him into an unnatural crooked posture, like he was a slave to the music, or if it was simply the theatrics of an accomplished street performer who knew how to charm the tourists into throwing a few more coins into his hat. But he sure was one magical character.

  2. Tim McKamey says:

    William, just wanted to compliment you on this great collection of treasures. I will visit often. I have a new forum you might like.

    Sound Possibilities refers to the many different ways music has been applied throughout history and around the world. Not a whole lot up there yet, but it’s coming along….. I’m particularly interested in encouraging new applications for music that combine understandings from ancient traditions with present day neuroscience, physics, cosmology, and healing at both the personal and the social level.

  3. Ted Young says:

    What a delightful comment. With regards to your daughter: I love when music is brought across cultural boundaries. Looking at a piece of music the same way all of the time often obscures some of its potential. Taking a classic piece such as this and setting it in a rich tradition like western music might expose something remarkable! I am also glad to hear she is learning to play an instrument.

    With regards to your story about SF: You were lucky to have had such an experience. The instrument you are referring to is an Er Hu (pronounced ahr-hoo):; and worth of a post someday. Thank you very much for sharing!

  4. Ted Young says:

    Thank you for your link. I will take a look.

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