Somei Satoh – Mandala Trilogy + 1
"Shomyo Buddhist chant vocalization and infinity ambient abyss transform into superb mystic and meditative harmonics."
The four epic pieces here are all around 20 minutes long, and stretch across space and time from 1982-2004. Each one was recorded in a different year yet use Satoh's vocals as part of the sound floor for each composition. The first three, "Mandala", "Mantra", and "Tantra", were recorded in 1982, 1986 and 1990 respectively, while the fourth bonus track "Mai" was performed by the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo in 2004, commissioned by harpist Ayako Shinozaki.