One of the unsung heroes of the Japanese environmental music scene, Yas-Kaz is credited for introducing Balinese gamelan music to Ryuichi Sakamoto, Midori Takada (Mkwaju Ensemble), and Shoji Yamashiro (composer of Akira). While not widely known by any means, his 1984 solo debut Jomon-Sho would become a source of inspiration for generations of ambient artists. Featured in the “Organic” section of Chee Shimizu’s Obscure Sound disc guide, the album is a “peaceful, percussive and idyllic” New Age work featuring field recordings of birds, whistles, and natural sounds. Interesting to note: Yas-Kaz performed every composition here with no sequencers used in the recording.
Recommended – Full Listen
Tags: Gamelan / Obscure Sound / Organic / Percussion