The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

July 19, 2014


Azure Carter, song
Alan Sondheim, shakuhachi

I've been nervous about recording shakuhachi, but I just had my
best one recalibrated by Monty Levenson, and it sounds amazing;
here are three pieces. I won't be playing this at AS220; it
takes too much preparation. The instrument was originally made
by him, I think decades ago; it then went through a hard life.
When I found it, I showed it to Perry Yung who said it showed
the hand of Monty; I sent him images and descriptions and
finally the shakuhachi itself. It came back to me in beautiful
sonorous condition. Mind you, my playing is hardly traditional.
In fact it isn't.

south and stella maybe Boletus subluridellus

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