Wood And Forest

by Makoto Nakura

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Makoto Nakura is a musician whose artistry and astonishing virtuosity have been mesmerizing audiences for decades. He creates innovative programs of new music as well as traditional classical repertoire, revealing the versatility and expressive range of the marimba while enlightening and entertaining the listener.

This world premiere recording contains works by American composers that Nakura commissioned as part of a recital series under the theme of Wood and Forest. Pieces include After the Forest Fire for marimba, flute and cello by Michael Torke, Winik/Te' for solo marimba by Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Forest Shadows for solo marimba by Robert Paterson, Duo for vibraphone and viola: From the Verdant Kingdom by Kenji Bunch and two works by Jacob Bancks, Arbor una nobilis for marimba and violin and Where I Was Born: Two Pieces for Marimba After Walt Whitman.

Makoto created this album because he thinks it is only natural to play pieces about wood and forest on the marimba. Each composer was inspired by different ideas relating to these themes. For instance, a Mayan mythology, paintings of forest by French and German painters and Whitman’s poem about the trees in the South, and so on. For Bunch’s duo, the composer wrote for the world biggest vibraphone which is only available in Japan. This is the tirst recording of that instrument.


released November 13, 2012

Makoto Nakura, marimba, with collaborators: Jesse Mills on violin, Kenji Bunch on viola, Wilhelmina Smith on cello, and flutist David Fedele. All of the pieces on this album are world premiere recordings commissioned by the ISGM New Music Commissioning Fund for Makoto Nakura.



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