Description Learn the art of Japanese gardening with this classic, fascinating text. The Sakuteiki, or "Records of Garden Making," was written nearly one thousand years ago. It is the oldest existing text on Japanese gardening—or any kind of gardening—in the world. In this edition of the Sakuteiki, the authors provide an English-language translation of this classic work and an introduction to the cultural and historical context that led to the development of Japanese gardening. Central to this explanation is an understanding of the sacred importance of stones in Japanese culture and Japanese garden design.
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Knowing the care these people put in the conception of their gardens to achieve a perfect level of beauty and balance, one expects something more zen than usual from the Supersilent trumpeter. Well, there are no disappointments in sight. Sakuteiki turns out to be the delicate origami flower its title promised. Recorded in various churches selected for their acoustical properties, the pieces all favor sparse arrangements, acoustic sounds, and an esthetic of open space.
The trumpet wails at the stone walls, the slow-decay echo filling the room. At other times Henriksen concentrates on valve or breathing noises. What is more surprising is the very distinctive shakuhachi inflections he produces with his instrument. On a few pieces, particularly during the first half of the album, he also performs on harmonium and church organ.
But a closer inspection reveals how much each musical gesture is the result of a minute organization to create easy-flowing pieces that bring together avant-garde research and centuries-old wisdom.
Sakuteiki: Visions of the Japanese Garden