This, Kiyoshi Yoshida's first album, features Japanese "Taiko" drums. The drum is said to be one of the world's oldest known musical instruments, and the Japanese "Taiko" is no exception, having played an important role throughout Japanese tradition as an indispensable item in divine ceremonies and battles. Thus, the act of beating the drum involves strong spirituality, with the drummer using every muscle in his well-trained body to strike the drum with all his heart. The Japanese "Taiko", considering its structure and style of performance, can be said to be the most analog musical instrument available.
What does Kiyoshi Yoshida, whose production of music has constantly involved digital tools such as computers and synthesizers, wish to express by featuring such an analog instrument as the Japanese "Taiko"? Perhaps it is that special "something" permeant in Japanese Culture-"Wabi" (tasteful simplicity), "Sabi" (austerity), "Uneri" (undulation); the resonance of the soul which can be said to be the spirit of Japan. It might also be that he wanted to express his affection for Japan from a global viewpoint.
Wakon (Japanese Soul), the Japanese "Taiko" group featured in this album, performs nationwide as well as abroad, holding workshops at each place they visit to come into contact with the hearts of the local people. We hope that this album, realized through their coming into contact with Kiyoshi Yoshida's creative image, resonates in your soul. Enjoy the energetic groove that flows throughout the album, and the grand scale of sound.