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Artist Biography

Riley Lee: shakuhachi

riley lee

His musical work is breathtakingly meditative, soothing, and spiritual. His near-flawless approach has made a complex range of ethnic fusion absolutely stunning.'1 One of Four Winds treasured performers for many years, Riley Lee is a Grand Master of the Japanese shakuhachi, a bamboo flute producing a hauntingly soulful sound which has been closely associated with the practice of Zen meditation since the 15th century. His musical work is breathtakingly meditative, soothing, and spiritual. He performs as a soloist, with Taikoz and with whatever ensembles he finds himself in.

Riley will be performing in Bach's Erbarme Dich from St Matthew Passion and in other works with Synergy and Taikoz on Friday afternoon, Fire with Taikoz in works by Ian Cleworth and Water with Synergy composed and performed by Synergy members on Saturday and in Steve Reiich's Tehillim on Sunday morning.

Selected Discography

ABC: Dreams are Forever/ Sean O'Boyle. ABC Classics 462 723-2 1998. Riley Lee, shakuhachi ; QSO Sean O'Boyle conductor; Spring Sea: Music of Dreams. ABC Classics 465 757-2 1998 2000. Riley Lee shakuhachi Marshall McGuire harp. Narada: Sanctuary: Music from a Zen Garden Narada 72438-49603-2-2 2000. New World Music: Mountain Valley NWCD715 1994; Nesting of the Cranes NWCD713 pc1994. Shakuhachi duet with Andrew MacGregor; Picture Dreams Riley Lee with Satsuki Odamura koto.NWCD5842002; Postcards from Bundanon: the Very Best of Riley Lee. 2000; Wild Honey Dreaming NWCD710 1993 Riley Lee, shakuhachi; Matthew Doyle, didgeridoo. One World Music: Bamboo Soup/ Small Defence (Musical group) and Riley Lee. One World Music. OWM010 2003. Tall Poppies: Autumn field TP138 1999; Bamboo Grass TP102 TP033 1997; Breath-Sight TP015 1992; Deep Night TP151 2000; The Eagle and the Ocean TPO14 1992; Empty Sky TP118; Like a Bird TP044 1993; Phoenix Crying TP167 2004; Searching. TP168 2004. Water Music TP033 1995.,,457657,00.html

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