Label: ALM Records (Tokyo)

Cat. number: ALCD-76

JAN: 4530835108160

Release Date: 11/2008

Recording date: 06/2008

Recording place: Chichibu Muse Park Music Hall, Saitama, Japan (instrumental tracks only: 1, 3-7, 9-12)

Recording and editing sample rate: Digital 24bit/96khz

Length: 67:05

Booklet in English, Japanese, Italian

Translators / Text editors: Mariko Kanemitsu, Sayuri Uno, Tomomi Kato, Jeremy Drake

Photo cover: Carlo Forlivesi, Tsukubai (© carlo forlivesi, 2004)

Silenziosa Luna - 沈黙の月 (Jp: Chinmoku No Tsuki) is an album of Italian composer Carlo Forlivesi.
It was released in 2008 by ALM Records (ALCD-76).

"Silenziosa luna" is a quotation from Giacomo Leopardi's poem Canto notturno di un pastore errante dell'Asia. The album includes works written by Forlivesi between 1999 and 2008.

Its 28-page booklet accurately reflects the artistic and cultural concerns of the team about this recording. The linear notes provide information about the musicians and lyrics, and give details on the extent of each musical work, placing them in cultural and creative contexts. They were written in Italian originally and directly translated into Japanese and English, respectively by japanese musicologist Mariko Kanemitsu and british composer/poet Jeremy Drake. Japanese jiuta-mai dancer Sayuri Uno, american academic Laura Hein (Northwestern University) and italian philosopher Marco Forlivesi (University of Padua) also made a significant contribution to this process.

The recording gathers accomplished masters and new-generation virtuosos, while the instrumental techniques developed on purpose for these works are likely to be among the most demanding ever written for these kind of instruments. The recording technology employed (24bit/96khz) brings forth clarity of sound and dynamics, delicacy and a high dynamic range, with a main focus on timbre, textures and transparency.

The artistic photograph reproduced on the album cover is a shot taken by Carlo Forlivesi and Sayuri Uno in "Shisendō", a historic spot in Kyoto; it represents a round-shaped tsukubai enhanced by natural shadows and reflections. In spite of the apparent complexity of the layers it is a non-processed image. The disc fits the same round-shaped tsukubai picture finely emulated with sprinkled silver and gold colors, and bears a strong resemblance to maki-e making.

The recording gathers accomplished masters and new-generation virtuosos, while the instrumental techniques developed on purpose for these works are likely to be the most demanding ever written for these kind of traditional Japanese instruments.

Electronic pieces have been realized with state-of-the-art audio and computer technologies at the time the respective compositions were made.

Technical remarks: extremely defined audio quality, transparent timbre, great sound presence, natural 3D-depth and high dynamic range for advanced listeners; booklet has accurate graphic design and includes linear notes in three languages, both educational and specialist-oriented.

Yukio Tanaka, voice & biwa
Kumiko Shuto, voice & biwa
Yosuke Irie, shakuhachi
Ayako Shigenari, 13-string koto & 20-string koto
Norio Sato, guitar

1. Boethius [8:27] biwa
2. Japanese Window - Sesshu's Landscape 1495 [9:37] electronic music
3. Audivi Vocem [2:10] shakuhachi, 20-string koto and guitar
4-7. Nuove Musiche per Biwa [14:35] two biwas
8. Through the Looking-Glass [3:36] electronic music
9. Ugetsu [5:10] shakuhachi and guitar
10-12. En la Soledat i el Silenci [7:31] 13-string koto and guitar
13-15. Requiem [14:59] electronic music

Director = Yukio Kojima, Carlo Forlivesi
Recording Engineer & Tape Editor = Yukio Kojima
Assistant Engineer = Miho Fujimoto
Notes = Carlo Forlivesi
Translation = Jeremy Drake (English), Mariko Kanemitsu (Japanese), Sayuri Uno (Japanese)
Design = Natsue Yamanaka
Booklet Editing = Tomomi Kato
Special Thanks to Sayuri Uno, Laura Hein, Marco Forlivesi


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