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"...a most unique musical experience...Our MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, PICK of this issue for ‘best eastern musics.’ Simply SUPERB!!!" -- Improvijazzation Nation, January 2000

"...unusual, intriguing and engulfing...." -- EMOL – Entertainment Magazine On-Line, December 1999

"Kitaro, move over! This Wind blows through the imagination, capturing and delivering pure natural essences...." -- Napra ReView, November/December 1999

"Uttara-Kuru...has a style of music all its own...strangely hypnotic and an easy listen." -- Leader Times, December 1999

1. Flowers, Birds, Winds & Moon (Prologue)
2. Wings Of The Eagle
3. Winter Dance
4. First Image
5. Neyuki
6. Wooden Ship
7. Second Image
8. Our Life
9. Niigata Okesa
10. Third Image
11. Falling Through A Cloud
12. Aizu Bandaisan
13. Flowers, Birds, Winds & Moon (Epilogue)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 24, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pacific Moon [Alleg]
  • ASIN: B00000JT3F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H. Huynh on March 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Their debut album in 1998, Prayer quickly established Seiichi Kyoda and Kazumasa Yoshioka as masters of fusing Western style hip-hop-electronic music with traditional Japanese sacred music and instruments. Incorporating a medley of ingredients, including Buddhist sutras recitations, shakuhatchis and kotos, and in-house rhythms and bass, the duo creates an uplifting and profound spiritualand musical experience that transcends simple ethnic music. This is not a generic blend of world and popular music, it is first class music of its genre, that only Pacific Moon can discover and exclusively steal for their own label.

Working collaboratively with Yoshioka since 1997, Kyodo-san mentions that though they have been producing pop music for the longest periods, they have only been recently influenced by Japanese traditional music, admitting that they were quite ignorant of their own musical cultural heritage. Their follow up album, East Wind, was ranked #1 on the New Age Voice Airwaves Top 100. It was inspired by the winter season, and the denizens that endure the harsh and yet beautiful conditions of the Himalayas. Uttara-Kuru is a Buddhist derived term meaning Shangri-La.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T.G. on February 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Ahh, this is great stuff. Kind of reminds of the chanting Japanese woman in the film "Blade Runner" -- this music would be popular in that future. Dense atmospherics, peaceful flute, rich melodies... who could ask for more? This stuff could move the dead. Check out Kokin Gumi's "Zen Garden" too, for a somewhat more subdued blend of East and West (still 5 stars).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gankaku on October 3, 2000
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This music is like rich velvet. It's autumn now and this music has been playing non-stop at work since I got it. It's perfect music for autumn, lulling one into the depths of their surroundings. Very comforting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark R Mazza on September 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
For those who like music that projects a vivid mood, that stirs the imagination and fills the heart with gratitude; Uttara Kuru's East Wind will satisfy completely. A beautiful set of compositions mixed and recorded superbly. The fusion of flute, power-synth and oriental percussion give this CD its unique appeal. Currently #1 in my collection of favorites!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brianna Neal on December 31, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Historic instruments of Japan like shakuhachi, shamisen, shinobue and koto as well as occasional vocals and chants are accompanied by modern keyboards, digital rhythms and accoustically-drummed beats. The result is a fusion sound that retains the charm, mystery and grandeur of traditional Japanese music while remaining accessible to modern ears. The striking, wistful sound of the shakuhachi (an end-blown bamboo flute) is particularly appealing in many of the selections, soaring distinctively and proudly above the electronica. "East Wind" is the second album of the group Uttara Kuru, which performs compositions by multiinstrumentalist Seiichi Kyoda with production by Seiichi Kyoda and Kazumasa Yoshioka. Some of the tracks with minimal modern influence are quaint, mellow and mysterious, while others, with orchestral-sounding backups, westernized harmonies and driving beats, have a New-Age or even dance-club feel. The combinations of ancient and modern are usually successful--interesting, intriguing and sometimes even stunning. However, in a few of the tracks toward the end of the album ("Our Life" and "Niigata Okesa") the repetitive, soul-less, programmed technobeats can be a little mind-numbing, limiting the musical expressiveness of instrumental and vocal combinations that, in most other numbers, find fuller fruition. In all, though, this album stands out as an impressive and intelligent example of creative musical fusion! Give it a try! As with all Pacific Moon recordings, "East Wind" not only sounds nice but smells nice, packaged with several sticks of colorful incense in its jewel case. Uttara Kuru's previous album, "Prayer", focuses primarily on vocal Sutra recitations, again with a modern twist.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex on June 11, 2001
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Uttara-Kuru's "East Wind" deftly combines traditional Japanese folk instruments - bamboo flutes, mandolins, and cithers (Shinobue, Shakuhachi, Shamisen, and Koto), sutra recitation, and free-style lyrics with ethereal Techno sound palettes to create thirteen tracks of original, ambient music. Essentially, the only disappointment is the sandalwood-scented booklet, which is written in halting, infantile English. According to it, the recurring theme is snow, and perhaps that is true about some tracks. To me, the music spoke of greater, almost ineffable things. "Our Life", "Wings of the Eagle", "Niigata Okesa", and "Falling Through a Cloud" are easily the best tracks on the disk, each taking a different approach to achieve great results. Boisterous flute melodies, sweeping synthesizer tones, hoarse chants, ululating lyrics, and nature sounds coexist to produce an enlightening, mind-opening effect. An emphatically recommended choice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sunil Verma on May 9, 2000
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I was visiting Freer Art Gallery in Washington D.C. and heard this music in shop and couldn't resist buying immedately and rush home and listen it again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brianna Neal on December 31, 2003
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Historic instruments of Japan like shakuhachi, shamisen, shinobue and koto as well as occasional vocals and chants are accompanied by modern keyboards, digital rhythms and accoustically-drummed beats. The result is a fusion sound that retains the charm, mystery and grandeur of traditional Japanese music while remaining accessible to modern ears. The striking, wistful sound of the shakuhachi (an end-blown bamboo flute) is particularly appealing in many of the selections, soaring distinctively and proudly above the electronica. "East Wind" is the second album of the group Uttara Kuru, which performs compositions by multiinstrumentalist Seiichi Kyoda with production by Seiichi Kyoda and Kazumasa Yoshioka. Some of the tracks with minimal modern influence are quaint, mellow and mysterious, while others, with orchestral-sounding backups, westernized harmonies and driving beats, have a New-Age or even dance-club feel. The combinations of ancient and modern are usually successful--interesting, intriguing and sometimes even stunning. However, in a few of the tracks toward the end of the album ("Our Life" and "Niigata Okesa") the repetitive, soul-less, programmed technobeats can be a little mind-numbing, limiting the musical expressiveness of instrumental and vocal combinations that, in most other numbers, find fuller fruition. In all, though, this album stands out as an impressive and intelligent example of creative musical fusion! Give it a try! As with all Pacific Moon recordings, "East Wind" not only sounds nice but smells nice, packaged with several sticks of colorful incense in its jewel case. Uttara Kuru's previous album, "Prayer", focuses primarily on vocal Sutra recitations, again with a modern twist.Read more ›
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