Somei Satoh – Emerald Tablet / Echoes
Two epic pieces by composer Somei Satoh, a Japanese composer of traditional contemporary music (gendai hōgaku). He is known not only for his music, but also large-scale multimedia installations and arts festivals. His contemporary music is informed by his deep studies of Shintoism, and his interest to weave in aspects of Western art and music and use parts of that along with traditional Japanese timbres. "
Our [Japanese] sense of time and space is different from that of the West. For example, in the Shinto religion, there is the term 'imanaka' which is not just the present moment which lies between the stretch of past eternity and future immortality, but also the manifestation of the moment of all time which is multi-layered and multi-dimensional .... I would like it if the listener could abandon all previous conceptions of time and experience a new sense of time presented in this music as if eternal time can be lived in a single moment." - From the liner notes of Litania (NA008)